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Westchester Community College hosts GROW Conference

Monday, April 13, 2015   (0 Comments)
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Westchester Community College is hosting its third annual Gateway to Entrepreneurship (G2E) Center GROW Conference on May 1.

The event in the college's Gateway Center will bring together business leaders and features a variety of workshops and a keynote address by Tom Deierlein, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and co-founder and CEO of ThunderCat Technology, a systems integrator specializing in data center solutions for the federal government.

The GROW Conference is the region's largest gathering of business owners and professionals for the purpose of workshops and training for small businesses. Last year's event attracted more than 300 participants. GROW brings together local professionals through networking, mentoring, business development and marketing sessions.

Deierlein, a successful serial entrepreneur, philanthropist, Bronze Star and Purple Heart recipient, is a nationally known speaker who covers a variety of topics in addresses to businesses, non-profits, and educational institutions. His firm was recently named as one of Forbes Magazine's most promising companies.

After Deierlein's keynote address, there will be a full day of programming. The schedule is available at www.westchestergrow.com. Attendees will have access to a slate of workshops and panels centered on driving revenue, team building, increasing profitability, expanding networks, and more.

Topics include "Jumpstart Your Business" workshops on how to begin a business, refine a business concept, and use business plan boot camp tips to succeed; "Accelerate Your Business" workshops that include "From Customer to Brand Ambassadors," "Speed Coaching and The Art of Closing a Deal;" "Boost Your Marketing" workshops on social media and marketing on a shoestring; "Fast-Tracking Your Financing" and legal aspects workshops on access to capital, business structure, legal issues, intellectual property; and B to B opportunities to meet with companies and government agencies to discuss contract opportunities.

The annual conference is Gateway to Entrepreneurship's signature event. The event offers the nuts and bolts of starting and growing your business and maximizing success, with a focus on networking, mentoring, business development and driving revenue. Attendees are able to tap into a network of like-minded business leaders, potential partners and resources, and hear from marquee-name professionals and innovators from Westchester and beyond. GROW Conference sponsors include the Westchester County Industrial Development Agency (lead sponsor) and the Westchester Bank (lunch sponsor).

Gateway to Entrepreneurship (G2E) is a resource hub for entrepreneurial development at all stages. G2E develops and facilitates programs that respond to entrepreneurs' needs and contribute to a vibrant local economy.

For more information or to register for the conference, please call 914-606-5616, contact G2E via email at g2e@sunywcc.edu or visit www.westchestergrow.com. Tickets to attend the event, including the keynote address, lunch, and parking are $50 per person before April 15; after April 15, tickets are $75; tickets at the door are $100.

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