Session One: Supporting Stage 2
September 19 | 10:00 am to Noon
Second-stage companies have moved beyond the startup phase and have the intent and capability to grow. With generally 10 to 99 employees and between $1 million and $50 million in annual revenue, these companies are significant job-creators, bring in outside dollars, offer high-quality jobs and contribute to their community. Learn more about second-stage companies from the nation’s leading Stage 2 advocate, the Edward Lowe Foundation, including how to work with them and how to develop the kind of supportive culture they need to flourish.
Session Two: PitchFork – A Pitch Challenge with a Rural Fit
September 19 | 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
The Hannah Grimes Center has developed a uniquely rural financing project that connects local investors with local entrepreneurs. This Radically Rural version of PitchFork offers a $10,000 cash prize for one talented entrepreneur as well as a $1,000 prize for the best idea. Join the excitement and we will share the “operating manual” on how to run this event in your community. Winners will be announced at the CONNECT event in the evening.
Session Three: Crazy Good – The Experienced Economy
September 20 | 9:00 am to 11:00 am
Think your aging population is a problem? Think again! This session shows the 50+ cohort as an asset to be embraced. Participate in a vibrant discussion of the Experienced Economy’s oft overlooked contributions to the economy through job creation, new business startups, and the unusually high level of profitability for companies with intentional multi-generational teams.
Session Four: Bringing Big Ideas to Life: Ways to Make Your Small Town Idea Friendly
Colonial Theatre | September 20 | 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Keynote Speaker: Becky McCray, Co-Founder of Save Your Town