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Alan JacksonCVCC Host Entrepreneur Speaker Series with Alan Jackson

CVCC’s Small Business Center, Emerging Entrepreneur’s Club and Manufacturing Solutions Center are co-sponsoring a monthly Entrepreneur Speaker series on Thurs., Oct. 4 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on CVCC’s East Campus. Alan Jackson, CEO will be the guest speaker.  

 Web Addresses:

The Jackson Group
CVCC Small Business Center
Manufacturing Solutions Center


Andrew Harren

CVCC Student Accomplish Incredible Things!

Meet Andrew Harren, one of the 9 Edison Project finalists. Learn more about his Flip Frame Media business proposal at the public presentation Oct. 1, 2012 from 4-6pm at the SALT Block Auditorium. SALT Block Auditorium is located on 243 Third Ave. NE, Hickory, NC 28601.



Entrepreneur Speakers Series September 6, 2012

Entrepreneur Speakers Series September 6, 2012

Presented by CVCC’s Small Business Center and the Emerging Entrepreneur’s Club

Thursday September 6th — 6 PM to 7:30 PM
CVCC Dunbar (CAD) Building, Room 582

Featured Speaker: Shane Cooper, CEO of DeFeet International,
North Carolina Business Magazine’s Small Business of the Year

Cooper is founder of DeFeet International, the world’s leading brand of cycling sock. Under Cooper’s leadership, DeFeet has expanded to provide world class products to the running, skiing, golf, and outdoor markets. His experience with DeFeet includes rebuilding the company after a devastating fire, and a continual focus on quality, innovation, and cutting-edge style.

Registration and Networking — 6:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Program — 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM

NO-COST to attend, but pre-registration required.

Contact the Small Business Center at 828-327-7000, ext. 4117 to register or for more information.



Entrepreneur Exchange Network August 29, 2012

Entrepreneur Exchange Network August 29, 2012

Contrary to what you may believe, banks Are lending. But not to everyone who asks. You can increase your odds of success with your business loan request simply by understanding how the banker views your request. Byron Hicks, former commercial lender for two regional NC banks, will share an insider’s perspective on understanding and communicating your financial need, building your loan package, preparing for your meeting with the banker, and risk assessment from the lender’s perspective.

For more information, contact Gary Muller at


SIFE Competition April 2, 2012

Students in Free Enterprise, or SIFE, is an international organization devoted to teaching others about the free enterprise system. Each spring, SIFE teams across the country convene in regional competitions, delivering project presentations before a panel of distinguished business executives. 2012 marks the twenty-first year CVCC SIFE has engaged in competition. This year’s team members are Tim Abernethy, Roberta Handlin, Joann Testerman, and Katherine Yang. Out of approximately 350 SIFE teams competing nationwide, only twenty-eight are from community colleges, so please cheer for our team as they try to “beat the odds” against major universities such as Alabama, Florida, Florida State and Georgia Tech at the SIFE Regional Competition in Atlanta, Georgia on April 2!


SIFE Competition

 Be the next CVCC "Shark Tank" Contestant  March 30, 2012











Entrepreneur Speakers' Forum March '12

Entrepreneur Speakers' Forum March '12

Celebrating National Entrepreneurship Week, guest panelists included 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.


2011 CVCC Shark Tank Event was a Big Success for Students, College and the Community

We were very pleased with the response to our first event. We had over 30 people present business ideas, which were evaluated and a group of 16 were asked to make a 3-5 minute elevator pitch to our business faculty. The faculty panel selected the finalists as well as our Faculty Champion and a Youth Champion.

On April 20th, the finalists made a presentation to a panel of key business leaders in our community. We had 7 student finalists, who made presentations and answered questions fron our panel. All of our finalists made outstanding presentations and we believe will be successful in starting their proposed businesses.

The competition was very strong and the final results were very close.

Our first CVCC Shark Tank champion is Kim Kelley and her Edible Landscaping business. Kim was presented with a plaque and a $1,000 scholarship to CVCC.

Our first runner-up was Kristen Bearfield of KB Photography. Kristen was presented with a plaque and a $700 scholarship.

Our second runner-up was Karen Cooper of Monumental Floral. Karen was presented with a plaque and a $300 scholarship.

Our scholarships were made possible by the sponsorship of our Shark Tank by Peoples Bank. The scholarships were presened by Tony Wolfe, president of Peoples Bank.


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