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First Entrepreneur Café is a Great Success!

March 5, 2013

Katie Ickes, Executive Director of the Greater Greenbrier Chamber of Commerce presents  the check for $1250 to Pam West of the Greenbrier Valley Farm Market. [Photo Credit: Drema Morgan]

Katie Ickes, Executive Director of the Greater Greenbrier Chamber of Commerce presents the check for $1250 to Pam West of the Greenbrier Valley Farm Market. [Photo Credit: Drema Morgan]

The American Dream is alive and well in the Greenbrier Valley.  Seventy supporters came out on a dark, rainy night to decide the winner of $1250 from a field of five entrepreneurs   with great ideas for new businesses or expansion.    Pam West of Greenbrier Valley Farm Market received the most votes from the audience, but it was a very close competition.   Funding sponsors included Vision Shared, Inc., First Energy and “crowd funding” from those attending.

Pam West and Greenbrier Valley Farm Market plan to use the seed money to grow even more funds for the collective of farm and food entrepreneurs.  They are planning to use the funds for a benefit Farm to Fork dinner this summer.  They will return to the September Entrepreneur Café to detail the success of the dinner and how the $1250 was invested to produce funds for marketing and educational efforts.

While only one contestant went home with a check, the other participants relayed stories of how publicity of their endeavors had yielded public support and potential investors for their endeavors. The other contestants were Jeff Bray of I-Treks, whose smart phone tour guide  app debuted on Android app store the same week, Jeremy O’Sullivan of Frobot, Inc, a frozen yogurt vending machine, which is now available for use at weddings and other special events, Troy Nanney, with an artifact dig and Living Museum venture and Lewis Leaseburge of Leaseburge Chiropractic, with a muscle stimulation procedure for face firming and body contouring to add to his businesses’ offerings. 

The next Entrepreneur Café is planned for May 14 on the campus of New River Community and Technical College with First National Bank, as the primary sponsor.  New River is a partner in the Café coalition which also includes the Greater Greenbrier Chamber of Commerce and Greenbrier Valley Economic Development Corporation.  Applications are being taken for contestants for the May 14 event at www.greenbrierwvchamber.org by clicking on the Entrepreneur icon.  Additional sponsors are also being solicited.  If you would like to invest in economic development in the Greenbrier Valley, please call 304-645-2818.

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