4-26-2022 – Expo helps young students find their business passion

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April 26, 2022

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By CADY DAVIS CDAVIS@NEWSTOPICNEWS.COM

Apr 21, 2022

 

HUDSON — The Small Business Center at The HUB Station, together with the IMPACT by Rotary Club of the Foothills and the town of Hudson, will be hosting a Small Business and Entrepreneurial Expo on Thursday, April 28, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The Expo will take place during their three-day Camp Enterprise event for 20 rising 10th and 11th graders in the county.

 

“We want to encourage and inspire those young people to have that dream and start their business here,” said Carmela Tomlinson, director of the Small Business Center for CCC&TI. “There’s been an increase in start-up businesses in North Carolina since COVID, and we need to keep those young people here.”

 

The Small Business and Entrepreneurial Expo is a free event that is open to the public. Community leaders and business entrepreneurs are invited to join other business owners to get the latest information on cyber security, legal planning, marketing strategies, financial planning, and business operations. The keynote speaker for the evening will be Pace Bradshaw, deputy head of U.S. Government Relations with VISA. The CCC&TI culinary department will provide light hors d’oeuvres, and 3 Doors Down Beverage Co. will be open for attendees to purchase beer and wine.

 

“When the students finish here, they’ll have connections with leaders, mentors, and coaches in the community,” said Tomlinson.

 

Camp Enterprise will start on Wednesday, April 27 and continue until Friday, April 29. Twenty rising 10th and 11th grade students will be divided into four teams, and each team will have a coach. Every student will be learning about various topics related to business, such as the operational needs of business, financial and marketing advice, how to research and implement a business plan, and more. All four teams will pitch their business plans and ideas on Friday, April 29, and the winning team will receive $1,000 in scholarships each.

 

“For the kids, obviously it’s good for them to come and see, be a part of the networking experience,” said Tomlinson. “They’re going to gain a lot of knowledge.”

 

There will be more speakers coming to talk to the students about business during the three-day Camp, including Bob McCreary of McCreary Modern, Dr. Don Phipps, the superintendent for Caldwell County Schools, Kenston Griffin, owner of Dream Builder’s Communications, Inc., Bill Warren, owner of the Gold Mine in Hudson, and others coming in from out of state.

 

Camp Enterprise was established by Ann Smith, who is the first female Rotarian in Caldwell County. Along with Kathy Carroll, a member of IMPACT, Smith wanted to create an entrepreneurial camp for students in this county.

 

“You’re catching these kids at the right time,” said Patrick Longano, president of IMPACT by the Rotary Club of the Foothills. “They’re making decisions about what they’re going to do. If this county is going to continue to grow, we need to retain that talent here. If we can get in their minds that there are resources here to help, then with their goals of starting a business, we’re going to affect the way that we do things overall in the county.”

 

The Small Business Center, in partnership with the town of Hudson, is the business center hub and serves the entire county. The main goal of the Small Business Center is to help businesses get started, to grow and expand businesses, and to create and retain jobs within North Carolina.

 

IMPACT by the Rotary Club of the Foothills is a service-oriented rotary club that began over two years ago in Caldwell County and has since grown to 70 members who are passionate about service.

 

Email Carmela Tomlinson at ctomlinson@cccti.edu or Patrick Longano at patricklongano@gmail.com for more information. To register for the Expo online, visit https://members.caldwellchambernc.com/events/details/small-business-entrepreneurial-expo-4445, or find the “Small Business & Entrepreneurial Expo” event page on Facebook.

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