Alan Proctor: A Bond that Unites

Winston-Salem is vibrant and thriving, and I am proud to have grown up and enjoyed a nearly 30-year career in this community. Over this time, I have observed this community steadfastly overcome financial and economic challenges to reinvent itself, emerging with a unique identity as The City of Arts and Innovation. These last three decades have also given me insight into the inextricable bond that exists between our local business community and one of our area’s premier sources of higher education, Forsyth Technical Community College.
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Forsyth Tech Fields Team in Athena’s Run to Honor College’s Former Dean of Health Technologies

More than 25 people associated with Forsyth Technical Community College will participate in Athena’s Run for Gynecological Cancers on Saturday, September 10 at Tanglewood Park staring at 8:30 am. Forsyth Tech’s team, Bonnie’s Band, is running in honor of Dr. Bonnie Pope, the college’s former dean of Health Technologies, who passed away from ovarian cancer in May. Pope’s husband, Randy, will be in attendance.
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Forsyth Tech to Host 2nd Annual Venture Innovation Café

Forsyth Tech’s Small Business Center at Innovation Quarter is sponsoring the second annual Venture Innovation Café™ Entrepreneurship Mixer on Thursday, September 22, from 2 – 4 pm at 525 Vine Street in Winston-Salem. Events will be held in the 525 Vine Street courtyard, Forsyth Tech Small Business Center and Flywheel co-working innovation space.

The Café is designed to showcase the broad range of community resources available to area small businesses in an effort to accelerate development of entrepreneurship and innovation in Forsyth and Stokes counties.

The event is free, and the public is invited to stop by anytime during the event, which features opportunities to meet and interact with the 21 Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Partners of Forsyth County.

“The huge response we received to our first Venture Innovation Café last year showed us how momentum is building in our community around aligning creative small businesses with innovative business resources,” says Allan Younger, director of Forsyth Tech’s Small Business Center. “Clearly we are meeting a need. Connecting talented start-up entrepreneurs with the experience of our Ecosystem Partners is just one of the ways we can help our local small business owners be successful.”

More information about Venture Innovation Café™ is available by emailing sbc@forsythtech.edu or calling 336.757.3802.

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Forsyth Tech to Host 2nd Annual Venture Innovation Café™ on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2 – 4 pm

Event Showcases Community Resources for Entrepreneurial Small Businesses

Forsyth Tech’s Small Business Center at Innovation Quarter is sponsoring the second annual Venture Innovation Café Entrepreneurship Mixer on Thursday, September 22, from 2 – 4 pm at 525 Vine Street in Winston-Salem. Events will be held in the 525 Vine Street courtyard, Forsyth Tech Small Business Center and Flywheel co-working innovation space.

The Café is designed to showcase the broad range of community resources available to area small businesses in an effort to accelerate development of entrepreneurship and innovation in Forsyth and Stokes counties.

The event is free, and the public is invited to stop by anytime during the event, which features opportunities to meet and interact with the 21 Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Partners of Forsyth County.

“The huge response we received to our first Venture Innovation Café last year showed us how momentum is building in our community around aligning creative small businesses with innovative business resources,” says Allan Younger, director of Forsyth Tech’s Small Business Center. “Clearly we are meeting a need. Connecting talented start-up entrepreneurs with the experience of our Ecosystem Partners is just one of the ways we can help our local small business owners be successful.”

More information about Venture Innovation Café™ is available by emailing sbc@forsythtech.edu or calling 336.757.3802.

The entrance to Forsyth Tech Innovation Quarter

Participants at last year's Innovation Cafe

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Forsyth Tech’s first annual Venture Innovation Cafein 2015 drew more than 100 small business owners and budding entrepreneurs interested in networking with Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Partners.

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From The President

Dr. Gary Green

Community colleges are an American innovation. They grew out of the democratization of education in the late 19th century thanks to the Morrill Land-Grant Act, which President Abraham Lincoln signed into law on July 2, 1862. Up until then, a post-high-school education was available only through private colleges, universities and military academies, which were quite selective and cost-prohibitive for most people.
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