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Small business owners, prospective owners and entrepreneurs from across the region are invited to attend a special event Tuesday, May 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Kannapolis City Hall in recognition of National Small Business Week. The Small Business Success Forum will bring together those interested in small business ownership for a day of learning, discussions, and networking. The day begins with a welcome by Kannapolis City Mayor Darrell Hinnant. Attendees will then choose workshops on topics such as managing workflow, social media trends, funding options, capturing the international market, hiring, storytelling, defining their uniqueness, and the power of storytelling.

“We want to provide an environment where small business owners and those wanting to start a business can exchange ideas, share challenges as well as solutions, and basically recharge. We’ll have experts on hand who can answer those pressing questions about how to take their business ideas to the next level. We also want to just celebrate the time, effort and creativity small business owners and entrepreneurs invest in our communities” said Barbara Hall director of the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Small Business Center.

Luncheon speaker Bruce Maxwell will highlight issues surrounding leadership and culture. Maxwell, a serial entrepreneur and business investor, is a specialist in the art of starting and financing new ventures. He has helped launch more than 100 companies and made over 650 pitches to Venture Capital firms to raise over $78 million in equity from VCs and Angels.

Representatives from various business assistance organizations will be on hand to answer questions including the Small Business Center Network, the Small Business & Technology Development Center, NC Department of Revenue, Centralina Workforce Development Board, IRS, SBA, BEFCOR, Carolina Small Business Development Fund and others.

The $15 registration includes a buffet lunch and all event sessions. The registration link is at . Registration deadline is April 23.
Every year since 1963, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create approximately two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year.