Rowan-Cabarrus Celebrates Small Business Week May 15 At Business Resource Fair in Concord


CONCORD, N.C. — Small business owners, start-ups and aspiring entrepreneurs will have a chance to connect with dozens of local and state business assistance providers at the Small Business Resource Fair on Wednesday, May 15 at the Cabarrus Government Center, 65 Church St. in downtown Concord.

The free mid-day event, in celebration of Small Business Week, includes lunch, and brings to one location business assistance representatives and government agencies to answer questions and distribute information about what business owners and prospective owners need to start, grow and succeed.

“Since most small business owners and potential owners are unaware of all the free resources available to them, the fair will make it convenient to gather as much business information as possible in one day,” said Barbara Hall, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Small Business Center director, one of the organizers.

Several short presentations around the fair’s theme, “Refining Your Edge” will highlight the event. Joe Recomendes with the Charlotte-based marketing firm Command Partners will discuss crowdfunding, the popular trend that has already raised billions of dollars for startups alone. He will give an overview of crowdfunding sites, discuss how to get started raising funds and what it takes for success. Marilyn Carpenter, director of venture development with Ventureprise, Inc. along with Fran Koster, Ed.D., author of “Discovering the New America,” will present strategies for small businesses to compete, grow and survive.

The fair which runs from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. is being organized by the Business Resource Roundtable, a group of local business assistance providers that meets regularly to address issues pertaining to the success of area businesses. Members participating in the fair include the Rowan-Cabarrus Small Business Center, Cabarrus EDC, City of Kannapolis, Cabarrus Council for a Sustainable Local Economy, Small Business & Technology Development Center, SCORE, Centralina Workforce Development Board, Charlotte Research Institute and Self-Help. They will be joined by a growing list of business assistance providers including Business Link North Carolina, NC Live, SBA, The Support Center, Women’s Business Center, North Carolina Institute of Minority Economic Development, Cabarrus Health Alliance, Concord Downtown Development Corporation, and several local government offices.

Attendees are asked to pre-register for the fair at http://www.cvent.com/d/xcqvj0 to ensure that adequate food is provided for lunch. Please call Amy Boger at 704-216-3941 for more information. For more information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu.

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