The Great State of Mecklenburg’s Entrepreneurial Culture
By all accounts, Charlotte’s “back” from financial oblivion and economic insignificance. Last year’s CNBC analysis ranked Charlotte as the 5th best metro area to start a new business, besting out our neighbor to the north – Raleigh (14th) and to the south – Atlanta (17th). CNBC heralded the community’s newfound economic diversification, its cost of living and tax rate, as well as its entrepreneurial infrastructure as keys to being the 10th fastest growing metropolitan area in the country.
But behind this glitter, is there truly financial “gold” at the end of the rainbow? What’s our community doing right – and wrong – to nurture start-ups? Are we leaving non-tech companies or lifestyle small businesses in the dust in our zeal to be Silicon Valley-esque? Do we have the intellectual talent and educational resources to attract, nurture and support the up-and-coming “best and brightest?” What ingredient or ingredients are missing in our ‘secret sauce’ (capital?) to accelerate these companies to create jobs – and wealth?
If you’re planning to start a business, invest in a business or want to do business with these “new kids on the block,” the May CBEX event will educate you to understand the landscape and meet the people behind the dreams, many which are coming true, right here!
Our Distinguished Panelists Include:
- Louis Foreman, Founder & CEO of Eventys
- Mac Lackey, Founder & Former CEO of KYCK & Mountain Khakis
- Garth Moulton, Founder & Former CEO of Jigsaw & Current SVP, Pipl, inc.
- Ben Stagg, Co-Founder & CEO of Halo Smart Labs
- Moderator: Terry Cox, President & CEO, BIG (Business Innovation & Growth)
Date: Wednesday, May 24th, 2017
Time: 7:00am – 8:30am
Location: Dilworth Neighborhood Grille, 911 E Morehead St, Charlotte, NC
Ticket Price: $22 – Price includes a full breakfast.
- Winter 2017 – Election Results 2016: The economic impact in 2017 . . . and beyond
- Joe Stewart, Executive Director of the North Carolina Free Enterprise Foundation has been on both sides of the desk (business and government) – and now serves and supports business leaders as they work “between” the aisles of elected officials, running this non-partisan Foundation. An objective look at the reasons and results of last year’s elections.
- Fall 2016 – Leadership Lessons from the Mountains
- From Santiago Chile, Rodrigo Jordán is the Founder and President of Vertical S.A. He is widely recognized in the development of leadership, innovation and social development. His work includes the Wharton Leadership Ventures program, the McColl School of Business’ BB&T Leadership Challenge and the National Geographic Society expedition to Antarctica.
- Spring 2016 – Lessons from 10,000 Small Businesses
- Three local alumni of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program shared ways they have applied the learnings to take their business to the next level. Fabi Preslar with Spark Publications, Lawrence Cruiciana with Corporation Information Technologies, and Matt Galimi with Best Tek Support.
- Fall 2015 – Accelerating Sales in Today’s Economy
- Three top sales trainers and consultants shared their pro tips to increase sales in proven, scalable, and repeatable ways. Our distinguished panel included Tamara Bunte, Bob Henricks and Randy Johnson.
- Spring 2015 – Signature Series: Competition or Collaboration?
- Danny Morrison, President of the Carolina Panthers, and Sheila Mullen, Executive Director of the Innovation Institute at McColl Center for Art & Innovation, discussed leading a team of top performers in today’s environment of intense competition and constant innovation.
- Winter 2015 – Human Capital Innovation
- Tom Killen, Elizabeth Persson and Kelly Rogers shared their innovative practices for attracting, developing, and engaging the talent their organizations need to succeed in today’s highly competitive environment.
- Fall 2014 – Privacy in the Age of Big Data
- Ted Claypoole, Senior Partner at Womble Carlyle, highlighted some of the pros and cons of Big Data collection, both for individuals and businesses. He also shared some tools and behaviors we can adopt to regain data and identity security.
- Spring 2014 – Transforming Business
- Successful entrepreneur, corporate executive, and award winning author, August Turak shared his stories of life with the monks at Mepkin Abbey and the business lessons learned from their values and disciplines.
- Winter 2014 – Productivity Practices That Work
- Our 2014 speaker series opened with Carson Tate, founder of Working Simply and creator of the Productivity Styles system. Our second speaker was outsourcing authority Russ Hammond — a manager, developer, road warrior, speaker, and entrepreneur.
- Fall 2013 – Transformation By Design
- This sold out event featured a panel discussion with three business and non-profit leaders to learn how you can leverage innovation and human‐centered design practices to spark individual, organizational, and/or social transformation.
- Spring 2013 – Learning Series3
- Learning Series³ takes one topic, breaks it down in three expert sessions in three back-to-back months. We featured sessions with Tamara Bunte, The Institute for Advanced Results, Bill Whitley, The Bill Whitley Company and Jim Dunn, Dunn Enterprises.
- October 10, 2012 – Dr. Dan Murrey
- Charlotte Host Committee chair for the Democratic National Convention shared a candid discussion on what went well in hosting the DNC, what could have been done differently, and where Charlotte goes from here!
- May 23, 2012 — Rob Slee
- Internationally acclaimed author, speaker, and business executive shared how the Value Renaissance is creating a paradigm shift in privately held businesses.