Second business summit to gather leaders
Local small business owners can learn more about the new health-care law, marketing, leadership and branding as it pertains to their company at Vance-Granville Community College’s second annual Business Summit on Tuesday evening from 5:30 until 8:30 in the civic center.
The theme of the summit is “Know What’s Vital to Your Business Today,” and will feature guest speakers Hilda Pinnix-Ragland, Amy Wood Pasquini and Harry Ponder.
Tanya Weary, director of the college’s Small Business Center, wrote in an email that the summit is a premier event for small businesses looking to network with peers and learn valuable insights on leadership, marketing and health care.
“If you are a business owner, you are a leader,” she wrote. “Hilda Pinnix-Ragland will discuss how the absence of leadership in a business can create a variety of challenges. If you own a business, you should market. Amy Wood Pasquini will discuss how to grow your business through marketing efforts. Harry Ponder will address the anticipated changes that small business owners will experience as the Affordable Care Act gets ready to take effect.”
Pinnix-Ragland is the vice president of corporate public affairs at Duke Energy Corporation. In the past, she served as the vice president of corporate public affairs at Progress Energy, vice president of Northern Region Operations at Progress Energy and vice president at Progress Energy.
Pasquini is the marketing development director for Our State magazine and the author of “White Bred: A Prodigal Jaunt to the Suburban South,” a collection of humorous non-fiction essays about growing up in the South.
Harry Ponder, of Carolina Business Services in Weaverville, is the former director of the Small Business Center at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College and has taught courses for the college’s Small Business Center.
The summit was organized by the Small Business Center in partnership with the Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber of Commerce of Warren County, the Granville County Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Franklin County Chamber of Commerce.
The Small Business Center was created by the college to provide the small business community with training, education, counseling and referrals.
Weary said there would also be opportunities for area businesses and organizations that co-sponsor the event to tell participants about their products and services in an exposition setting.
Tickets are available and cost $15, which includes a box dinner and the chance to win door prizes.
To register in advance, call Weary at (252) 738-3240.
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Schedule of events
• 5:30 p.m.: Registration, welcome, visit with vendors
• 6 p.m.: Hilda Pinnix-Ragland
• 6:30 p.m.: Amy Jo Wood Pasquini
• 7 p.m.: Break, visit with vendors
• 7:15 p.m.: Harry Ponder
• 7:45 p.m.: Panel wrap-up