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For Immediate Release


Entrepreneurship Speaker's Forum March 6 *NEW DATE*

In celebration of National Entrepreneurship Week, Catawba Valley Community College’s Business Department and the Catawba Valley Emerging Entrepreneurship Club are sponsoring a speaker’s forum on “Promoting Entrepreneurship in Our Community,” Tues., March 6, at 1 p.m. in the Auditorium. (NOTE: The event was originally scheduled for Feb. 21.)

Guest panelists include Shane Cooper, founder and chief executive officer of DeFeet International, David Washco, founder of and ’11 Edison Prize Winner; Scott Millar, president of the Catawba County Economic Development Corporation; Danny Hearn, president of the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce; and Dr. Garrett Hinshaw, president of CVCC.

Startup companies are continuously cited as our economy’s most promising source of new jobs. In fact, a recent Kauffman Foundation study dispels the myth that the jobs created with business startups fail within five years.

Sponsored by CVCC, the Catawba Valley Emerging Entrepreneurship Club seeks ways to introduce members to individuals who have started their own businesses. Students participate in various activities that provide real-world exposure to the day-to-day operations of American businesses.

The public is invited to attend. There is no charge; however, seating is limited.

For more information, contact business faculty and club advisor Gary Muller, 828-327-7000, ext. 4672.

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More about the panelists:
Shane Cooper, founder and CEO of DeFeet International, Inc., was once a rocker on the college circuit. Combined with his father’s career in hosiery, his interest in competitive cycling led him to start a niche sock line for the sport. Told he would “never succeed,” Cooper founded a company in 1993 that has survived flood, fire and major theft to become one of the leading manufacturers of cycling socks and accessories. All his products are made in America, specifically Hildebran, N.C. Today, he has revenues of $4.5 million and employs 35 people. He was named Business NC Magazine’s 2011 Small Business of the Year.

David Washco, founder of, is winner of the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce’s first ever Edison Prize in 2011. The website serves as a reverse auction to put buyers in the driver’s seat. He is also founder of business consulting firm Washco Consulting.

Scott Millar, president of the Catawba County Economic Development Corporation, has been actively involved in North Carolina Economic Developer’s Association and member of its board of directors for the past seven years, including serving as president.

Danny Hearn is president and chief executive officer of the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce. He was twice named North Carolina Chamber Executive of the Year and chairs the U.S. Chamber Institute Board of Trustees.

Dr. Garrett D. Hinshaw has been instrumental in strengthening Catawba Valley Community College’s commitment to business and industry since being named president in 2006. He has played a key role in the expansion of the college’s Manufacturing Solutions Center and development of the Regional Simulated Hospital, the only one of its kind in the state and the largest east of the Mississippi River.

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