Bluefield College, Highlands Fellowship and Crossroads Church are co-sponsoring the event as part of the Crossroads Church initiative Rebuild, Revive, Thrive, “a local business owner think tank that seeks to foster innovation, cooperation and entrepreneurship for the common good.”
Rebuild, Revive, Thrive was established in response to the harsh realities of economic decline and increasing poverty in the region and originally provided prayer support, encouragement and information on business principles for local business owners. The initiative is now a network of more than 60 businesses in the area who are looking for ways to leverage their collective influence to “rebuild” the local economy, “revive” area industries, and see the community “thrive.”
The Entrepreneurship Panel at Bluefield College is open to the public at a cost of $10. Advance registration and ticket purchasing is encouraged. Tickets may be purchased online at www.bluefield.edu/entrepreneurship-panel.
Bluefield College students attending the event will be admitted for free and will receive Vocatio credit for participation. Students from other local colleges are encouraged to attend and will also be admitted for free with a valid college ID.
Speakers/business owners for the Entrepreneurship Panel will include Travis Lowe, founder of Rebuild, Revive, Thrive, who will facilitate the program; Cody Harmon, chief executive officer of Cody Energy and Genesys Rail Systems, who will discuss “The Necessity of Innovation;” Kim Ross, owner of Beecome Irresistible, who will discuss “The Power of Social Marketing;” Melanie Protti Lawrence, owner of Anytime Fitness, who will discuss “Starting a Business While Working Full Time;” Sean Lester, chief executive officer of BlueWolf Sales and Service, who will discuss “Keys to Growing Your Market;” Robbie Gaines, associate pastor of Highlands Fellowship-Bluefield, who will discuss “Problems as Opportunities for Social Entrepreneurship;” and Dr. Sharon Perot, dean of professional programs at Bluefield College, who will discuss “Social Entrepreneurship.”
The Entrepreneurship Panel will also include a reception, providing an added opportunity for entrepreneurs and students to network with business owners. In addition, local businesses will have information booths and representatives on site to answer additional questions.
For more information, contact Bluefield College’s Caleb Robbins in the College of Professional Programs by email at [email protected] or by phone at 276-326-4223.