Workshop to offer opportunities for aspiring entrepreneurs
By Portia Williams
PDT Staff Writer
The PORTSfuture project, in collaboration with Ohio University’s TechGROWTH OHIO program, Pike County Chamber of Commerce, Pike County Office of Community and Economic Development, and OSU South Centers will host an entrepreneurship panel discussion Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2013, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Comfort Inn in Piketon.
Stephanie Howe, Director of PORTSfuture project, said the workshop will serve as great resource for the community.
“This is great resource for people with a budding business idea, and do not know what to do with it. It is a great opportunity, the local providers will be there, such the county Economic Development office, The Chamber of Commerce, and people that provide other business assistance will be there,” Howe said.
Howe said the development of small business is critical for the local area.
“Most job growth comes through small business development, we want to get this awareness out that, there are opportunities available.” Howe said.
Howe said the workshop will include dinner and a panel discussion.
“People can come in and have dinner, and sit in on the panel discussion, visit the tables of the providers, talk to them, and set up future appointments,” Howe said.
Howe said the dinner will convene at 5:30 p.m., followed by the panel discussion, and the event is free and open to the public.
“There are so many things available at no cost. This event is open to everyone at no cost,” Howe said.
Faith Knutesen, Associate Director of Operations at Ohio University’s TechGROWTH OHIO program said the workshop will include a panel discussion.
“We will have a discussion panel by regional entrepreneurs, that will provide a discussion of challenges they met, and how they overcame them,” Knutesen said.
Knutesen said representatives from numerous entities that assist small business owners and start-ups in the region, and they will each be giving a small pitch about what they offer, and will be available for comments from the audience.
Howe said they are looking forward to being a part of this collaborative effort, are planning similar workshops in other counties.
“Helping people to find out the best ways to start, and grow a business is very important. We are planning to host events such as this one in Scioto, Ross, and Jackson counties in the months to come. We are just really excited to be able to do this out in the community and to do events such as this,” Howe said.
Those who are interested attend this event may RSVP to 740- 597-1460 or firstname.lastname@example.org. or visit www.portsfuture.com.
Portia Williams may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 286 or email@example.com. For breaking news, follow Portia on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.
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