WENTWORTH: The Rockingham County Office of Economic Development, Small Business and Tourism has recently hosted its first Ice House entrepreneurship program.
Funded by NC IDEA, the program focuses on inspiring and attracting aspiring entrepreneurs through discussions and work related to the principles of entrepreneurship, and the process to become a successful professional.
Eight participants, ages 17 to 62, graduated from the six-week program. The series ended with each participant presenting their business plan integrating techniques they had acquired through the courses. While no two business plans were alike, they all had the same value of being thoroughly planned.
“Succeeding as an entrepreneur is not about being lucky; instead, it’s about working hard, persevering and having confidence in your own abilities, ”said Joseph Strader, a class participant. “This course helps you develop the skills you need to succeed as an entrepreneur and also gives you a workshop for your business ideas.”
Small businesses are often referred to as the heartbeat of a community and entrepreneurs are the backbone that keeps these small businesses strong and tall. Entrepreneurs bring radical new and improved products, technologies and innovations that have the ability to transform the lives of consumers, as well as the entire economy. Entrepreneurship generates employment opportunities, generates new markets and improves productivity. Being a successful entrepreneur requires a certain mindset, willingness and willingness to learn, which each of the Rockingham County Economic Development participants possessed, county economic officials said in a press release.