Entrepreneurs will gather in Fort Pierce Nov. 7 for lender conference

Could your idea for a start-up survive the “shark tank?” Do you ponder how to squeeze more profit from an established business? Do you worry your small business won’t survive the next wave of technological innovations? Or next summer?

Get the answers. Join PNC Bank and Indian River State College as they bring together financiers, business incubators, technology and tools, insiders and business igniters to Fort Pierce on Nov. 7. This free Business and Entrepreneurship Conference will link start-ups, small businesses and established businesses to free and low-cost resources previously unavailable locally.

In addition to getting an insider look at loans, angel investors and venture capital, observe real start-ups as they face real investors. Be ready to take notes; this is not the dramatized-for-TV shark tank but a real Treasure Coast investor forum.

Meet luminaries from Florida’s high-tech corridor and Enterprise Florida and learn about Florida’s future economic drivers.

“It’s a Research Coast-wide event,” said Tom Kindred, coordinator of the IRSC Business Incubation Program. “Everyone in business should be here to see the assets, resources and assistance available to us here.”

“I was in business for 25 years and I wish these resources had been available,” Kindred said. “Participation in these programs would have made me a better manager and they could have helped me maximize revenues and profits.”

“In the past when traditional lending institutions turned start-ups down for a loan, where did that entrepreneur turn for advice and support,” Kindred said. “Now, they can turn to the Brown Center for Innovation Entrepreneurship.”

The free Business and Entrepreneurship Conference, sponsored by PNC Bank at Indian River State College, will be held 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 7 at the Brown Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship on the Main Campus in Fort Pierce. To register, visit http://www.irscbiz.com and scroll down to the Entrepreneurship Conference link under What’s Hot. Wednesday activities are already filled. Register now for the Thursday conference as seating is limited.

Article source: http://www.tcpalm.com/news/2013/oct/29/entrepreneurs-will-gather-in-fort-pierce-nov-7-for/

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