Feb. PIP to cover regional entrepreneurial development resources

Published 12:00 am Friday, January 26, 2018

Staff report

SALISBURY — Paul Wetenhall of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s Ventureprise will speak about regional entrepreneurial resources at the Rowan County Chamber of Commerce’s Power in Partnership breakfast Feb. 15.

The breakfast will start at 7:30 a.m. at Trinity Oaks.

The Rowan IDEA Center will be working with regional partners to promote entrepreneurship. The talk will offer information about the regional resources to help budding entrepreneurs and existing businesses.

Wetenhall will also discuss what resources are needed on the local level to support an entrepreneurial climate.

Wetenhall is executive director of Ventureprise, UNC-Charlotte’s innovation and entrepreneurship center.

In his previous work as president of High Tech Rochester Inc. — and since joining Ventureprise and UNC-Charlotte in 2008 — Wetenhall has assisted more than 150 innovation-driven ventures.

Wetenhall has been a leader in entrepreneurial economic development initiatives in North Carolina and New York, and he is active in the NSF National Innovation Network.

He recently led the creation of the Charlotte Entrepreneur Growth Report and served on the Charlotte regional economic development strategic plan task force.

Wetenhall is a founder of two software firms, has served as a corporate director and has been an entrepreneurship lecturer at several universities.

Previously, he was in management roles for Xerox Corp. He is an engineering graduate of Georgia Tech and earned his MBA from UNC-Chapel Hill.

The dates for the remaining 2018 PIP series are: March 15, which will focus on agribusiness; April 19, focused on health care; and May 17, which will feature the Leadership Rowan graduation.

The breakfast is open to the public. For those who are not Power Card holders, individual reservations can be made by 5 p.m. Feb. 13.

The cost is $15 for members and $25 for nonmembers. The price includes breakfast.

Contact the chamber for information on reservations or sponsorship opportunities at 704-633-4221 or at info@rowanchamber.com.