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The PORTSfuture project, in collaboration with Ohio University’s TechGROWTH OHIO program, Pike County Chamber of Commerce, Pike County Office of Community and Economic Development and Ohio State University South Centers, will host an entrepreneurship panel discussion Oct. 9. The event will be held at the Comfort Inn located at 7525 U.S. Route 23 North in Piketon from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Aspiring entrepreneurs will hear from successful founders and CEOs about their success, learn about regional resources and network with experienced and new entrepreneurs.

A complimentary dinner beginning at 5:30 p.m. will be served, where participants can network with experienced and new business founders. Beginning at 6 p.m., PORTSfuture’s experienced entrepreneur panel will discuss common business start-up challenges: how to create a business; how to pitch your idea; how to attract loans and equity capital; and pointers on avoiding common entrepreneur pitfalls. There will be ample opportunity for audience questions.

The second part of the program will feature regional business assistance and funding entities. A brief overview of their offerings will be given and participants can speak one-on-one with resource providers, collect information, and set up further appointments at the end of the evening.

The PORTSfuture project, in collaboration with the extensive regional network of service providers, is dedicated to aiding local entrepreneurs and businesses and encouraging job growth. Similar events are planned for Ross, Scioto, and Jackson counties in the coming months.

This event is free and open to the public, however, registration is required. To attend, please RSVP to Trenia Twyman, management services coordinator for TechGROWTH, at 740-597-1460 or twyman@ohio.edu.

Learn more at: www.portsfuture.com.

The PORTSfuture project is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office.

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