Several notable local business leaders and media personalities participated in Winston-Salem State University’s inaugural Entrepreneur Summit on Oct. 4 .
More than small business owners, aspiring entrepreneurs, and students from the WSSU School of Business and Economics attended the summit held at the Anderson Center. “The summit was truly an inspirational event! It was deemed successful as the all-star panel was able to relate to both the experienced entrepreneur , as well as our student population, especially our students from the School of Business and Economics who acted as our hosts and hostesses,” said Dr. Kenneth Bulls, WSSU Continuing Education and Summer Sessions director.
“The diverse panel’s expertise was second to none as they shared their personal and professional advice and how to garnish success in one’s entrepreneur ventures. I truly would like to thank the University supporters and collaborators: Ms. Heather Davis-from Student Activities, Mr. Donald Wood- from the School of Business and Economics -Professional Development Program, and Ms. Pamala Turner-from the Anderson Center, Conference and Institutes.”
Sponsored by WSSU’s University College and Lifelong Learning’s Office of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, the summit focused on strategies for building a successful business. The speakers were all successful entrepreneurs, whether as owners of small businesses, leaders of not-for-profit organizations, or media personalities whose entrepreneurship happens daily in the way they market their unique skills to find new opportunities.
Tracey McCain, WFMY 2 Good Morning Show field anchor, served as mistress of ceremonies. Speakers included: Skip Brown, First Community Bank Triad region president and founder of the former TriStone Community Bank; Algenon Cash, managing director at Wharton Gladden, a boutique real estate investment banking firm headquartered in Greensboro; Busta Brown, former WQMG radio personality; Joy Cook, director of strategic communications, Welfare Reform Liaison Project in Greensboro; John Davenport, civil engineer consultant and former NCDOT engineer; Andrew Dreyfuss, fund executive at Piedmont Angel Network (PAN), an early stage committed capital fund based in the Triad; Derwin Montgomery, Winston-Salem city councilman; Nadia Moffett, Miss North Carolina USA 2010 and an active leader in the state; and Michael Suggs, executive director of Goler Community Development Corporation and former marketing and government relations executive with RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company
“Our objective is to engage, empower and enrich participants so that they are better prepared to make their ventures successful,” said James Pao, WSSU Continuing Education and Summer Sessions program manager.