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Rowan IDEA Center moves ahead with logo, schedules workshop for entrepreneurs

Staff report

SALISBURY — The Rowan IDEA Center, Inc. — a new partnership among government, academia and private sector leaders in Rowan County — has adopted a logo and will begin its program to reach regional entrepreneurs at its location at West End Plaza in January 2018.
The logo is designed with the word IDEA as an acronym for “innovation,” “development,”
“entrepreneurship” and “acceleration,” with the four words that describe the program represented in different colors in a light bulb that signifies imagination.

The puzzle elements of the light bulb represent the four key elements of The IDEA Center working together — education, a prototype center, a media center and shared workspace.
The IDEA Center will be located in the former Salisbury Mall at 1935 Jake Alexander Blvd. W, Suite B.

The building is owned by Rowan County. The Rowan County Chamber of Commerce is the lead organization.

Also active in the project are Catawba and Livingstone colleges, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, business leaders and the Rowan EDC.
Project Manager Addison Davis said that the IDEA Center “is but one element of growing Rowan as we move forward.”

“It’s a key component in encouraging entrepreneurs to stay in Rowan County through the
development of new businesses,” Davis said.
The IDEA Center has planned its first educational workshop, “Entrepreneurial Workshop No. 1: Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship in Five Key Lessons” for Feb. 7 at 6:30 p.m. at its location at the West End Plaza.
For more information, contact Davis at 704-633-4221 or at Addison@rowanideacenter.com.

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