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Invest in our local economy by attending the May 14th Entrepreneur Café

April 29, 2013

The seed money has been gathered from First National Bank and an anonymous donor, the soil is planted with six great entrepreneurs vying for funding and now the watering of crowd funding is needed to bring one of these projects to fruition.  The second Greenbrier Valley Entrepreneur Café will be held on May 14 at the Student Lounge and Auditorium of the New River Community and Technical College at 5:30 pm.  The growth of an entrepreneurial culture in the valley is the goal and we are on our way with a second round of innovative and creative business persons hoping to receive funding for their projects.  You can invest in the local economy be attending the Café and paying $10 to attend.  You will receive a delicious supper courtesy of our local Shoney’s, so that your $10 goes directly into the seed money to benefit one of the contestants.  Tickets for this event will be limited and advance payment is required.

Each paying attendee receives a ballot and feedback form, as well as the opportunity to submit questions for clarification of the projects. Jeff Vickers of First National Bank will be serving as Master of Ceremonies for the event.  The Entrepreneur Café was initially launched by Vision Shared of West Virginia with the assistance of a partnership of the Greater Greenbrier Chamber of Commerce, New River Community and Technical College and Greenbrier Valley Economic Development Corporation.

The contestants competing for the seed money of $950 plus include Michelle Evans of No Holds Barred, a press and media services for independent musicians, hoping to fund software needs for press kits, web design and video editing,  Nancy Wardwell of Greenbrier Farm Market, LLC, a diversified farm market selling local products is hoping to complete a handicap ramp and grow some products on site, as well as have a summer intern,  Cynthia DeVille of The Man Cave Hair Care for Men, a specialized men’s hair care business is  hoping to purchase equipment and fund marketing efforts.  Joshua Baldwin, GVQ-TV, Greenbrier Valley Quarterly TV, an online video channel devoted to showing film shorts that relate to culture, arts and lifestyle in the Greenbrier Valley is hoping to fund the cost of coding the website.   Jane Bryant of Priority One Home Care II, a new Durable Medical Equipment company serving the Greenbrier Valley is  hoping to fund the  purchase of equipment needed to grow her business.  Merrick Tracy of Hill and Holler Bicycle Works and an Interactive Online Service called the Virtual Mechanic is hoping to fund the purchase of  a webcam and development of an interactive website, purchase various bicycle parts and advertise the new venture.

Tickets are available for $10 by credit card at www.greenbrierwvchamber.org by clicking on the Entrepreneur Café under the Upcoming events.  They may also be purchased at the two Lewisburg locations of First National Bank, as well as the Ronceverte branch.  They may also be purchased at the Chamber office, Monday through Thursday.  Advance payment for tickets is required and there is limited seating.  For more information, please call 304-645-2818.

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