Guest blogger, Allan Younger
In a recent article, I shared some of my reflections about Venture Café. Winston
Salem is pleased to be the fifth city in the world to be the home of Venture Café.
I am pleased to have participated in the launch event on May 4th held at Inmar.
I am excited to have participated in most of the subsequent Thursday
Gatherings. The purpose of Venture Café is to “broaden, connect, and support
the innovation community” which is a great complement to our purpose at the
Small Business Center to increase business success. I first learned about Venture
Café about a year ago and immediately thought that it would help to position our
community as a leader in entrepreneurship.
This month, I am happy to introduce an exciting program that was announced
during the initial Thursday Gathering of Venture Cafe Winston Salem. Have you
heard about the Business Launch Challenge? On May 4th, six
colleges/universities announced their financial commitments to starting
businesses in our city. Each institution will provide financial capital to selected
persons committed to starting their businesses. Forsyth Tech is pleased to
introduce the Launch Challenge.
As you may already know, the Small Business Center supports current and
prospective business owners in a variety of ways. Persons planning to start a
business are invited to submit an application to participate in one of the sessions
of Launch Challenge. It is a 3-4 month program for persons who will become
business owners by the end of the program. They will participate in our
educational events and meet with our business mentors while preparing to
launch their businesses. Some participants will receive a financial award to help
them to start their businesses.
If you know someone who may be interested in the Launch Challenge, have them
connect with us. Even if you are not quite ready to apply to participate in the
Launch Challenge, we want to support you. You can visit our website learn about
our educational events and to schedule an appointment with a business
mentor. We also invite you to read client testimonials and client success stories
to learn about how we have supported our clients.
The objective of the Small Business Center at Forsyth Tech is to help small
businesses succeed by providing high quality, readily accessible assistance to
prospective and existing business owners in Forsyth and Stokes counties. Our
motto is “Increasing Business Success,” which describes our commitment to
clients. The N.C. Community College’s Small Business Center Network assists in
starting an average of more than 800 businesses each year and the centers have
an economic impact in 90 percent of all N.C. counties each year, helping to
create and retain over 2,800 jobs annually. You may learn about our services at
www.forsythtech.edu. Feel free to stop by our office at 525@Vine in Wake
Forest Innovation Quarter just east of the heart of downtown Winston- Salem.
You may also contact us at SBC@forsythtech.edu or by calling (336) 757-3810.