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April 4, 2013
Venture Knowledge Series

Details: The topic covered will be public relations. Please register your attendance by 2:00 p.m. the day prior by sending your contact information to Carolyn Smith (carolyn.smith@ventu…


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Venture Knowledge Series

Venture Knowledge is a monthly luncheon series designed to strengthen business insights and connections among early stage, innovation-based entrepreneurs.  The series addresses topics that are important to founders, CEOs, and leaders of entrepreneurial ventures from start-up through early years of revenue and employment growth.

Ventureprise clients and affiliates are the primary audience although the series is open to entrepreneurs that are innovation-based (technology, process, or business model), designed for growth, and seeking to serve markets beyond the Charlotte region.

Annual Topics

  • Business Strategy
  • Capital Strategy
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Sales and Business Development
  • Financial Operations
  • Intellectual Property
  • Human Resources
  • University and Community Resources
  • Personal Development

When and Where

The Venture Knowledge program is offered monthly, generally on the first Thursday, at the Ben Craig Center Iverson Room. Sign-in and networking begins at 11:45. Programs begin promptly at 12:00 and end at 1:20. Parking is free. Please confirm dates monthly since schedules may change.


Please register your attendance by 2:00 p.m. of the day before the program by sending your contact information to Carolyn Smith (EMAIL or 704 548-9113). Lunch is available for a fee. Pre-registration is appreciated.

Who Should Not Attend

The Venture Knowledge series is not open to consultants, service providers, and salespeople seeking to connect with participating entrepreneurs.

Upcoming Programs

Date: Thursday, May 2
Topic: Public Relations: Improve your skills for to communicate more powerfully and efficiently through a unique approach.
Speaker: Patrick McClean, an entrepreneur, a writer and a teacher


Past Programs

2012 Programs

Business Negotiation
Jason Sirmon, Master Negotiation Instructor, Sirmon Training and Consulting Group

Intellectual Property Protection for Inventors & Entrepreneurs
John Calvert, Senior Advisor, Office of Innovation Development, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

The Importance and Value of Building Your Brand
Kent Panther, VP of Strategic Thinking, Wray Ward

6 Secrets to Startup Success
John Bradberry, author, ReadyFounder Services

USPTO Trademarks
Craig Morris, managing attorney, US Patent & Trademark Office

Risk Management
Marcus Lee, Moore & VanAllen
Craig Murden, Northwestern Mutual

Automating Sales Processes
Glenn Normoyle, Yodle

2011 Programs

Building a successful venture by bootstrapping
Presenter: Steve Montgomery, Founder of CSI
Leroy Hill, Founder of Yorel

My business is thriving... what now? Cultivating organizational growth by leveraging human capital.
Presenter: Brett Agypt, Organization Science Ph.D. candidate, UNC Charlotte

Your brain drives your business
Presenter: Vicki Parker, Ph.D., Director, The Brain Trainer

How to leverage social media to generate revenue
Presenter: Adam Holden-Bache, CEO, Mass Transmit

Early stage equity: what is working in Charlotte
Presenter: MailVU (Alan Fitzpatrick), Overstock (Shafi Mustafa), OtherScreen (Halligan), T1 Visions (Michael Feldman)

Business Development
Presenter: Mark Schaffner

Plans that support success
Presenter: Brian Boswell

Leveraging University Resources
Presenter: Barry Burks, CRI; Denise Dwight Smith, Career Services; TBD, Library