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[Cpcommunicator] BizHub Network to merge with CPCC Institute for Entrepreneurship

CPCC Office of Community Relations Communicator Communicator at cpcc.edu
Thu Jun 28 14:03:40 EDT 2007
>From Renée Hode


The BizHub Network board of directors today announced it will merge its services with the CPCC Institute for Entrepreneurship. Located on the Central Campus, the nonprofit group will transition its support and informational services, including small business counseling, to the college effective July 1, 2007. 


Established in 2003, the BizHub Network received its funding from founding partners CPCC, the City of Charlotte, and Mecklenburg County. The Charlotte Chamber and the Public Library of Charlotte-Mecklenburg County also played key support roles in the organization since its inception. The Institute for Entrepreneurship will seek support from the city and county to assist in counseling an increased number of clients as a result of the merger.


With its initial funding cycle nearing an end, the board took the opportunity to examine the structure and services of the BizHub Network, including a potential overlap in services, the cost of operating a separate entity and the capacity to raise self-sustaining funds. Lori Day, now serving in a part-time role as the Executive Director of BizHub Network, will help manage the merger and will direct the transition in her full-time capacity as Executive Director for the Institute for Entrepreneurship. 


The existing BizHub Network hotline (704-330-OPEN) will be re-directed to the Institute for Entrepreneurship, and the website (www.bizhub.org <http://www.bizhub.org/> ) will remain active during the transition. The regional calendar and free counseling information will be posted on the institute's site (www.cpcc.edu/e-institute).


With the merger, the Institute for Entrepreneurship will focus its counseling services on businesses and individuals in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County - the service area of the college. The institute now serves about 2,000 students a year through courses, seminars, counseling and visitors to its Resource Center. CPCC is a member of the Small Business Center Network (SBCN) of the N.C. Community College System. Other N.C. community colleges are a part of the SBCN and offer counseling and similar services throughout the region. Those individual colleges and many other service providers, including the Small Business Technology Development Center (SBTDC) and SBA, will continue to offer direct and local small business assistance.


For more information, contact Lori Day, 704.330.6776 or lori.day at cpcc.edu 


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