Fairmont Small Business Resource Summit - 3/25


Time:     TUESDAY, MARCH 25TH 2014, 9AM-2PM

Place:    Pierpont Community & Technical College

320 Adams St, Fairmont, WV

This is a FREE event!

The Small Business Resource Summit will be a “one-stop shopping” opportunity for both small business veterans and newcomers alike!

Meet representatives from local, State, and Federal agencies that provide services to small and micro-business providers, including providers of loans, technical and education services. This will be your opportunity to learn about the many resources available to help you start and operate a successful small business. This free event is provided through a partnership between Mainstreet Fairmont, the WV Alliance for Economic Inclusion and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).

The Summit will also feature a 9:30AM presentation on Be Essential! Structure or Restructure Your Business for a 21st Century World.  Following the presentation attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions of small business experts and discuss how to achieve a business model that connects to the 21 century customer.

The Small Business Resource Summit is free of charge and does not require registration.


7:30 AM to 9:00 AM        Exhibitor set-up

9:00 AM to 2:00 PM        Exhibitors available to talk with attendees

9:30 AM to 10:30 AM      Breakout session:  “Be Essential! Structure or Restructure Your Business for a 21st Century World. (Presenter: Robert Hinton, Small Business Coach, WV Small Business Development Center)

10:30 AM to 11:30 AM     Small business subject matter specialists available for questions

Noon to 2:00 PM           Entrepreneurs Café provided by Mainstreet Fairmont



Time: TUESDAY, MARCH 25TH 2014, 12PM (Noon)

Place: Pierpont Community & Technical College, 320 Adams St, Fairmont, WV

Cost: $15 at the door which Includes lunch

Main Street Fairmont will host an Entrepreneur’s Café – an event that aims to provide micro funding awards to entrepreneurs at the local level. The program is designed to replicate successful micro-funding programs facilitated by the West Virginia economic and community development group, Vision Shared.

This luncheon event will be hosted in tandem with the Small Business Resource Summit.

During the event local entrepreneurs are invited to "pitch" their idea or project for funding. Attendees pay $15 (cash at the door) for a meal, an opportunity to hear small business development ideas and then vote on their favorite project. The winning entrepreneur receives the proceeds from the purchase of meals and a special cash award provided by Vision Shared for the event. The proceeds can total in excess of $1,000. The winning proposal will then move on to compete statewide for an additional $2,500 with Create West Virginia.

For more information: http://mainstreetfairmont.org/event/entrepreneurs-cafe/

You must register for this event.  To register call or e-mail Kate Greene. See contact information below.

Parking for the Small Business Resource Summit and Entrepreneur’s Café is in the city parking garage which is located diagonally across the intersection from the event site.


Entrepreneur Café:  Kate Greene  kate@mainstreetfairmont.org Office: 304-366-0468 Cell: 406-640-0551

Small Business Resource Summit:   John Meeks  jmeeks@fdic.gov   919-787-8727 ext. 4915