Bridging the gap through collaboration!
Franklin County Economic Development has joined forces with The Greater Franklin County Chamber of Commerce, Vocational Rehabilitation, Vance- Granville Community College and the Small Business Center to launch a year-long series of free business education seminars.
“We found that each group was reaching out to the business community with Lunch and Learns and by collaborating and pooling our resources, we felt we could reach a larger audience, and increase the value of the seminars,” commented Candace Lenderman, Chairperson, The Greater Franklin County Chamber of Commerce.
The first seminar kicked off the year at Wake Electric Membership Corporation with guest speaker Michael Washington, ActionCOACH Business Coaching. The topic was Retaining and Motivating Employees. “With everyone having to do more with less, this was a timely topic for businesses of all sizes, “stated Wendy Jones, Vice President of Covenant Trucking, Youngsville, NC.
“It is education in a fun and relaxed environment allowing our business community to network and share best practices in all areas,” commented Bobbie Jo May, Dean, Franklin County Campus, Vance-Granville Community College.
We’ve had outstanding support from all organizations in promoting the seminars. The Youngsville Area Business Association and the municipalities of Louisburg, Franklinton, Youngsville, Bunn and Centerville have all promoted the events helping the group have a high attendance rate.
All topics have been selected by surveying the businesses to find what will bring the most value. Plus by rotating locations, businesses get to provide tours and exposure to their business. Topics range from: How to Get The Most out of Networking to Taxes and Workman’s Compensation.
The next topic, to be held on March 27, 2013 is a hands-on course on how to utilize Social Networking to grow your business. And, what better place to host this than at CenturyLink with Wi-Fi available for all!
“Our goal is to provide timely topics that help all our businesses, no matter their size, become more successful,” stated Richie Duncan, Franklin County Existing Industry Coordinator.
So, lunch, brunch, network, learn….Franklin County EDC is collaborating to bring success to all our businesses in Franklin County.