Opportunities for networking

Oct. 22, 2013 @ 10:28 PM

As the owner of multiple businesses, Clareese Moss is always looking for expos and other opportunities to network.

“My goal is usually to meet at least five people,” said Moss.

She sells embroidery, screen-printing, weight loss training and Avon products through four separate ventures.

Moss and about 80 other small business owners exchanged contacts at the second annual Business Summit at Vance-Granville Community College Tuesday night. They had the opportunity to gain insight from guest speakers Hilda Pinnix-Ragland, Amy Jo Wood Pasquini and Harry Ponder.

Pam Norwood and her husband Tony, who recently expanded their property management business, are interested in learning some new ideas for marketing.

“We haven’t done any ads yet, its all been word of mouth,” Pam Norwood said.

Amy Jo Wood, marketing development director for Our State magazine, gave the marketing and branding presentation where she emphasized the importance of understanding the product and increasing exposure through various mediums.

Pinnix-Ragland, who spoke about leadership, is vice president of corporate public affairs for Duke Energy with more than 30 years of experience in the energy industry.

Pinnix-Ragland said a leader is trustworthy and someone who motivates her to work the extra mile.

Harry Ponder, president of Carolina Business Service, spoke about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s impact on small businesses. President Barack Obama signed the health-care law in 2010.

Elaine Chavis-Young said she heard of the summit from a small business class she is taking at VGCC.

Young is working on a business proposal to provide transitional housing for local homeless veterans. The non-profit organization would offer training and shelter for two years to help veterans find employment.

“I came here to see what I can learn,” Chavis-Young said.

Contact the writer at smansur@hendersondispatch.com.