Becoming an Entrepreneurial Community
Track Leader: Pam Lewis
Pam Lewis of Venture Asheville will lead a new track on creating an entrepreneur-friendly community. The track will define how communities (towns, areas, and counties) can become entrepreneur ready. Participants will explore ways local leaders might address the overall business climate through policies, regulations, and opportunities for entrepreneurs to learn and grow.
An entrepreneurial community nurtures a positive, enthusiastic attitude that permeates the culture and recognizes the most promising talents. The community readily asks “how can we help you start and succeed at business?” and responds with resources that are easy to find and that the people behind them are helpful, friendly, and eager to help.
Additional track details to be added soon.
|Pam Lewis serves as Director of Entrepreneurship at Venture Asheville, a program of Asheville, NC Area Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Coalition. She was formerly the Senior Vice President of Entrepreneurial Development for AdvantageWest, an economic development group for Western North Carolina. With that group, she launched the Certified Entrepreneurial Community program to assist local communities with entrepreneurial efforts. CEC is an intensive five-step process that certifies communities as entrepreneur-ready. She has worked with communities across the region that earned certification, as well as others in various stages of pursuing or exploring certification.|