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Features Macon EDC sets BizWeek 2013 for April 23-25

Tony AlmeidaThe Macon County Economic Development Commission (EDC) has announced details of the upcoming BizWeek 2013 events to be held April 23-25. BizWeek is a celebration of business, industry and entrepreneurship in Macon County.

“The Macon County EDC and our partners have many events planned during this celebration,” said Tommy Jenkins, director of the Macon County EDC. “Each event is designed to show our appreciation for all our businesses, both large and small, that are part of the fabric of the county’s economic community.”

Three events are slated for Tuesday, April 23.

— Southwestern Community College - Macon Small Business Center presents Martin Brossman’s “Social Media in Business,” a seminar for those looking to sharpen their technology skills in today’s global marketplace will begin at 9 a.m. Learn how to put your business on the map using free internet directories and social media applications like Facebook.

— At 2 p.m., Martin will be back to present “Create Your Own Website and Blog Using WordPress.” This class will provide live, hands-on instruction to create a working website and blog that you can maintain yourself.

— Entrepreneur Networking Night III will be held at 5:30 p.m., at Outdoor 76 in downtown Franklin. Those attending will have the opportunity to network with fellow entrepreneurs, enjoy refreshments and live music.

The Small Business Technology and Development Center of Western Carolina University and the Small Business Center of SCC will present a special program at Southwestern Community College’s Macon Campus Wednesday, April 24, at 10 a.m.

“Getting Your Business SBA Loan Ready will provide the tools needed for small businesses to successfully navigate the SBA loan process,” said Jenkins. “We’re appreciative of Western Carolina University’s SBTDC for putting together this important presentation for BizWeek 2013.”

To register, contact Tommy Dennison at Small Business & Technology Development Center (SBTDC) at Western Carolina University by calling (828)227-3459.

The BizWeek celebration concludes on Thursday, April 26, with a free banquet to be held at 6 p.m. in the fellowship hall of Holly Springs Baptist Church.

Tony Almeida, senior advisor to N.C. Governor Pat McCrory for jobs and the economy will provide the keynote address during the EDC Banquet.

“It is truly an honor to have Mr. Almeida as our keynote speaker for this event,” said Jenkins. “He is a dynamic speaker and we’re looking forward to his many insights for the growth of business and industry in North Carolina.”

Almeida joined the McCrory Administration in January 2013, after serving as the economic development director for the governor’s transition team. In 2008, Almeida was named vice president, large business, of Duke Energy.

As part of the retail customer services group, this large business team was responsible for managing business relationships and services to the company’s largest manufacturing, commercial and institutional retail customers across the Carolinas and the Midwest. He retired from this position in 2011. Prior to this, Almeida served as vice president of business relations and economic development for Duke Energy Carolinas from 2006 to 2008. He served as vice president, economic development, from 2003 to 2006. Almeida joined Duke Energy in 1979.

The Atlanta, Ga., native graduated from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and economics. He also completed the Advanced Management Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School.

Almeida is past chair of the Charlotte Regional Partnership and also served as chair of the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Foundation Board. In addition, he serves as a trustee on that college’s board. He also served as past chair of the North Carolina Community College Foundation Board. He is also member of the board of trust of Hood Theological Seminary.

All BizWeek 2013 events are free of charge. However, space is limited and registration is required. Register online at www.maconedc.com or call Tommy Jenkins at (828)369-2306.


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