Media Alert

Contact: Kathy Johnson
Phone 423.424.4245
Fax 423.648.9266

May 17, 2011

Growing Entrepreneurs in Rural Communities Event on May 18

Who: The Southeastern Industrial Development Association in partnership with the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce and McMinn County

What: Entrepreneurial Gardening Resource Rally: Growing Entrepreneurs in Rural Communities

When: Wednesday, May 18, 2011 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Where: McMinn County Courthouse Annex
5 South Hill St
Athens, TN 37303

Why: Learn how strategically approach economic development through local and regional resources this Wednesday, May 18 at the Courthouse Annex in Athens. From 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., anyone interested in entrepreneurship and expanding his or her economic development toolbox is invited to attend. This is also a good opportunity for local officials in McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, Polk and Rhea counties to learn more about the resources available in their communities.

The Resource Rally will feature "Seeds to Sprouts to Harvest," a panel of entrepreneurs on how they started their businesses, challenges they faced and what made them successful. The keynote address will be given by Mark Long, President of Long Performance Advisors, LLC. During lunch, Dr. Michael Wilcox from the University of Tennessee will share best practices of how local leaders can be involved in "Fertilizing the Seeds" of entrepreneurship. To close the day, a panel of traditional and non-traditional financial lenders will discuss potential ways of "Watering the Gardens."

For more information or to register, please contact Rob Preston, Athens Area Chamber of Commerce at 423.745.0334 or

The Southeast Industrial Development Association facilitates the creation of jobs, capital investment, additional power load and help with the identification of financing opportunities, infrastructure development, marketing and demographic research throughout the SEIDA service area, which includes counties in Southeast Tennessee, North Georgia and Cherokee and Clay Counties in North Carolina. SEIDA is funded by the Tennessee Valley Authority and local power distributors to provide these valuable services at no cost. For more information, please visit
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