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AdvantageWest’s entrepreneurial development program and VERVE, a monthly magazine targeting Western North Carolina women in the arts, business, fashion and design, announce the launch of the VERVEaciously BIG Idea Business Plan Competition, a contest for women entrepreneurs.

The competition targets women-owned, for-profit businesses; both established ventures seeking expansion and would-be entrepreneurs with ideas for a startup. A total of $10,000 in cash, prizes, business support services and expert advice will be awarded. Deadline to enter is April 1.


AdvantageWest is sponsoring networking, professional development event set for May 5

Registration is now open for Carolina Connect 2011, coming May 5 at Renaissance Asheville.

Carolina Connect is Western North Carolina’s signature event for connecting entrepreneurs and investors across the region and beyond. Registration is now open, with special early bird rates of $110 per person, which includes a breakfast reception, lunch, and post-conference refreshments and beverages on the terrace. This much anticipated event is Thursday, May 5, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Renaissance Asheville (registration and pre-conference breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m.).


Do you want to survive in this economy or do you want to thrive?

This was the question posed by Meredith Elliot Powell to members of the local business community who attended last week’s second annual Macon County Enterprise Banquet held in the cafeteria of the new Mountain View Intermediate School. The banquet was hosted by the county’s Economic Development Commission (EDC), and Powell was the night’s featured speaker.

Powell, the founder of Motion First, a business consultancy group based in Asheville, is the author of two books on best business practices and business development, including “Forty-Two Rules to Turn Your Prospects into Customers” and “Mastering the Art of Success.”



Franklin native Rocky Pattillo has been named Drake Software’s new Vice President of Sales. Pattillo has been in sales for almost 20 years, serving as Assistant Director of Sales for Drake Software from 2005-2008 and Software Sales Director since 2008.

As head of Drake’s national sales department, Pattillo is responsible for the strategic positioning of the firm in the accounting software industry, targeting tax preparation businesses of all sizes. He is also in charge of the management and coordination of the company’s sales force.



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