PDCCC sponsors first community entrepreneurship forum

Free event features speakers and panel of local business leaders

Paul D. Camp Community College is sponsoring an inaugural event that is designed to support area entrepreneurs and encourage them to pursue their dreams of implementing innovative ideas in order to build their own viable businesses.
“Spirit of the Entrepreneur” with the theme of “A New Day, New Opportunities” gets underway Thursday, April 27, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the college’s Regional Workforce Development Center, 100 North College Drive, Franklin.
“This forum will provide valuable insight and information to aspiring business owners on several levels,” said PDCCC President Dr. Dan Lufkin. “As a postsecondary education institution, we want to be a resource for the community and foster new ideas and business. Entrepreneurs have the ability to enhance our economic ecosystem.”
Forum features include informative guest speakers Dr. Rebecca Corbin, president and CEO of the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE); Elizabeth Creamer, advisor for Workforce Development; and John Camp and Kermit Hobbs, whose namesakes were integral in the creation of the PDCCC institutions via the donation of land and other resources.
An entrepreneurial discussion will follow with local panelists Lee Duncan of Wharf Hill Brewery, Terry Godwin of Franklin Lumber and Jimmy Strozier of Highground Services. In addition, Zack Miller— author, television/internet personality/host of HR Biz Weekly— will participate on the panel.
PDCCC offers programs and classes that are in line to support the areas of study. “We have a number of programs in place for entrepreneurs, both credit and non-credit,” said Toni Johnson, dean of the Franklin campus and coordinator of the event. “Some programs include Business and Management-Entrepreneurship in Small Business Management and Small Business Management Advanced; Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning; Industrial/Residential Wiring; and Business Start Up instruction through SkillsOnline— a partnership between PDCCC’s workforce development and WHRO.”
Lufkin said, “It can be a very rewarding experience to build a business from the ground up. It exemplifies hard work and sound investments. It’s a process that you see through to the end.”
Last year, PDCCC joined more than 300 community colleges nationwide in the effort to promote entrepreneurship within the college and the community by partnering with the NACCE.
There is no fee and no registration required for the forum.