Second Annual Douglas County Entrepreneur Fair

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Second Annual Douglas County Entrepreneur Fair Will Feature Keynotes from Ninkasi Brewing and Wild Friends Nut Butter and Three Training Tracks

Roseburg, Oregon        May 1, 2013

A coalition of economic development organizations, including the Umpqua Community College SBDC (Small Business Development Center), the Partnership for Economic Development in Douglas County, and the Umpqua Business Center, will be presenting the second annual Douglas County Entrepreneur Fair on May 22 at the Douglas County Fairgrounds.

This year’s keynote speakers will be Wild Friends’ founders Keeley Tillotson and Erika Welsh (featured on ABC’s Shark Tank) and Ninkasi Brewing’s NikosRidge.

“The second annual Douglas County Entrepreneurial Fair is not only a great opportunity to learn about highly successful entrepreneurial start-ups like Ninkasi Brewing and Wild Friends Nut Butter, it’s also an excellent chance to learn about the many organizations and services in Douglas County which support entrepreneurs!”

-Pete Bober, Director, UCC Small Business Development Center

“Last year Dave Dahl, of Dave’s Killer Bread, inspired a lot of people with his story. This year we have three dynamic entrepreneurs who will be sharing their experiences. This event is part of the continuum of support emerging in Douglas County to support entrepreneurs through training, incubation, and raising capital.”

-Alex Campbell, Executive Director, The Partnership for Economic Development

The event will run from 12:30 PM to 8 PM. The full schedule is available at www.dcefair.com .

Seminars will focus on information for both existing small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs. Trainings will include three tracks:

  • Marketing,  including sessions on “Integrated Marketing Solutions,” “Converting Leads to Sales in Virtual Environments,” “Brand Development,” and “Market Research.”
  • Business Fundamentals, with topics such as “Get Bankable” and business development basics.
  • New business opportunities, with sessions on business resources available in Douglas County, specialty food products, and emerging business opportunities.

An exhibitor hall will provide an opportunity for business service providers to share information on their products and services. $500 in prizes will be available for event participants who complete an exhibitor “passport” (i.e., visit all the exhibitors).

Admission will be $5, payable at the door.

Exhibitor space is still available for only $100. Contact Alex Campbell at 541-492-2820 for more information on how to become a sponsor and to reserve your space.

“We have participated in a variety of marketing events over the years, but the Douglas County Entrepreneur Fair stands out because it draws only people who are serious about starting businesses. Our participation has translated into new business clients–the very best return on our marketing investment. ”

– Derek D. Simmons, Attorney at Watkinson Laird Rubenstein Baldwin & Burgess, P.C.

Event sponsors include the Cow Creek Tribe of the Umpqua Band of Indians, The News Review, KPIC, Brooke Communications, Douglas County News, Pacific Power, ODOT Office of Civil Rights, and Premier Insurance Group.

 

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