Friday, September 3, 2010

UWG Forms RISE Program to Aid Small Businesses

The University of West Georgia, along with the Carroll County Economic Development Foundation and the UWG Small Business Development Center, is creating the Resource for Innovation, Small business and Entrepreneurship (RISE) Program.

The RISE program will create an online “incubator village” to assist entrepreneurs in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson, Heard and Polk counties. The goal of the program is to offer counseling, resource information exchange, distance learning opportunities and other information for local business owners on the program’s website.

RISE will host three small business forums throughout the year, as well as provide online training. An estimated 2,500 small businesses in the West Georgia region will benefit from the RISE program’s virtual village.

A celebration of the official announcement of the RISE program will take place at an Entrepreneur Excellence Banquet on Sept. 13 at 6 p.m. in the Z-6 Food Services Building on the UWG campus. It will feature a panel discussion with Allen Nance, founder and president of the Mansell Group; W. Cliff Oxford, founder and CEO of Entrepreneur Advisors; Christa Pitts, COO of Creatively Classic Activities and Books and Bob Stone, founder and chairman of Systems & Methods Inc. The banquet is for invited members of the business community and is also open to the media.

For more information call 678-839-5031.
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