Venture Innovation Café™ Entrepreneurship Mixer to be Held Sept. 17 at 525@vine  

Event Will Spotlight Support Available to Small Businesses

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Sept. 9, 2015 – If you own a small business, are planning to start one or even just thinking about it, you don’t have to go it alone.

The wide range of support available to current and prospective small-business owners in the Winston-Salem area will be showcased at the Venture Innovation Café™ Entrepreneurship Mixer scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 17, at 525@vine in Wake Forest Innovation Quarter.

This free event, which will run from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., is being presented by Forsyth Technical Community College’s Small Business Center in conjunction with Wake Forest Innovation Quarter and the other members of the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem of Forsyth County.

“Our goal is to spread the word that there are numerous organizations in this area that have a big role in supporting small businesses,” said Allan Younger, director of Forsyth Tech’s Small Business Center, which serves Forsyth and Stokes counties. “We also want to stress that entrepreneurship and innovation aren’t limited to high-tech enterprises. There are incredible resources available to people whether they’re running or starting up a restaurant, hair salon, brick-and-mortar retail store, consulting firm or speakers’ bureau.”

The Entrepreneurship Mixer will feature a roundtable discussion, an innovation clinic and informational sessions on such topics as social media strategies, getting investor-ready, entrepreneurship as a team sport and how to start a startup. All activities will be held at 525@vine, in the Forsyth Tech Small Business Center, the Flywheel co-working innovation space and the building’s Vine Street courtyard.

All 20 members of the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem of Forsyth County will have representatives and informational materials at the event.

The Venture Innovation Café™ Entrepreneurship Mixer is open to the public free of charge but registration is required. Detailed descriptions of and registration forms for the various sessions are available online at bit.ly/1E16c25. Information also can be obtained by calling 336.757.3802 or sending an email to sbc@forsythtech.edu.