WARRENTON — The N.C. Research and Engagement Group is hosting an Oct. 23 community forum on the pathways to economic success from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.

The forum is for small business owners, aspiring entrepreneurs, and those looking for a job to learn more on how to become certified at the state and local level, how to bid on contracts, and learn about on-the-job training programs and opportunities.

The event is the second part of another held in July on helping educate and empower minority-owned businesses, and will feature several different speakers focusing on different topics.

Among the topics are broadband internet access in rural communities and job training opportunities through the Department of Transportation, and more.

“We want to come and bring the speaker to the table to talk about why [broadband] is important and what solutions we can bring [to] improve broadband not just in Warren County but Vance County and surrounding counties,” said Tanya Ayscue, chief operations officer of the Research and Engagement Group.

The event is virtual and open to any Warren County residents as well as residents of neighboring counties.

“I think it’s important we come back and continue the conversation with our citizens in Warren County to understand what their issues are, continue to talk about the issues, and look at ways we can bring in resources to help support them,” Ayscue said. “We want to make sure that not only Warren County is successful but citizens and small businesses are successful in the county that will ultimately help grow businesses and grow the area.”

To register for the event visit, www.ncreg.org.