Last Chance to Register for the Venture Local Forum!

December 4, 2012

Growing WNC’s local, social and sustainable industries
From food to fiber, energy to craft brewing and beyond, the AdvantageWest region is making great strides in cultivating thriving local businesses that create quality jobs. If you have a local, social or sustainable enterprise in our region — or are interested in how to support these industries in your community — sign up now for the Venture Local forum on December 7, 8am-5pm at the Asheville Renaissance downtown, presented by AdvantageWest.

Venture Local provides a myriad of opportunities for attendees. Learn from world-class keynote speakers Michael Shuman and Martin Eakes how to accelerate community capital. Gain inspiration from local entrepreneurs making their fast-pitch presentations before a panel of funders (see selected entrepreneurs below). Connect with peers and investors at roundtable discussions. Be the first to hear research on new food product business opportunities for WNC. And, of course, enjoy plentiful networking opportunities and a farm-to-table reception. Venture Local is $70. See the complete agenda andREGISTER HERE.

Seven WNC entrepreneurs to pitch their big idea at Venture Local this Friday…

We are very pleased to announce seven entrepreneurs that will be doing a fast-pitch of their business opportunities in front of the whole Venture Local audience and a rapid response panel of regional funders and experts:

Appalatch Outdoor Apparel Company: Mariano deGuzman
Riverbend Malt House: Brent Manning
Native Touch: Laralyn RiverWind
Noble Cider: Trevor Baker
Asheville Urban Farms: Anthony Coggiola
Theraworx: David Fann
Brightfield Transportation Solutions: Stan Cross
These entrepreneurs were selected from dozens of great applications and we hope that these pitches will help not only these seven, but will also help ignite productive connections for all the entrepreneurs, investors and others in attendance.

A few tickets remaining! Reserve your spot today!
We’re down to the last few remaining tickets. If you’re an entrepreneur, investor, service provider, or otherwise interested in supporting local, social and sustainable businesses in Western North Carolina, we invite you to join us this Friday, December 7 at the Asheville Renaissance. View the full program and get your tickets at the website.

Thank you to all our partners making Venture Local possible

AdvantageGreen | Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project | Andrews Valley Initiative | Asheville Grown | Blue Ridge Food Ventures | Caldwell Green Commission | Handmade in America | High Country Local First | Land-of-Sky Regional Council | Malaprops | Mountain BizWorks | SBA |SBTDC | Sequoyah Fund | Venture Asheville | Very Small Business Center (Town of Marshall)


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