CED Announces Opportunity 2006 Conference

The Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED) today announced its Opportunity 2006 Conference: "Fueling Entrepreneurial Success, " set for Dec. 4-5 at the Hilton Wilmington Riverside in Wilmington, NC. Dr. Rosemary DePaolo, chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW), is honorary chair of this 4th annual event.

The conference will feature insights from highly successful entrepreneurs and will include a series of workshops addressing both new business formation and practical guidance for operating a business. In addition, Opportunity 2006 will include one-on-one "curbside" consulting appointments for entrepreneurs with a group of seasoned business professionals.

This year's conference will also feature three pre-conference sessions, each four hours long with limited registration. The first, Listen To Your Business(TM), is for entrepreneurs interested in determining a three-year growth plan for their company and establishing the necessary milestones for success. For entrepreneurs inquiring about business formation, the Innovator's Workshop explores the start-up process, including sources of capital. For the first time, CED will conduct Presentation Skills Training, in conjunction with UNCW. Attendees will prepare a company "pitch", present it to a live audience and be filmed and share in constructive critiquing for improved results.

Early-stage companies seeking angel investment are invited to submit a business plan for evaluation and possible inclusion at Opportunity 2006. Those innovative companies selected will present their business plan before the investor community in attendance. Deadline for submission is September 29. Companies from the entire Southeast region, who have no institutional funding, may participate. Small business owners, "garage entrepreneurs", corporate employees, early-stage entrepreneurs, university researchers, and undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to attend Opportunity 2006.

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