Entrepreneurship Week

Entrepreneurship Week

Andrea Byerly
Monday, March 13, 2023 12:00 AM
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CLEVELAND, TN – Cleveland State Community College invites the community to Entrepreneurship Week, March 27-30, 2023. The week is sponsored by the George R. Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, the Lynn Jones Foundation and the Collegiate Entrepreneurship Organization (C.E.O. Club). There will be opportunities for networking and resources for small businesses. All events are located in the George R. Johnson Cultural Heritage Center on the Cleveland State main campus.

The week kicks off with a Resource Expo on Monday, March 27 from 4-7 p.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to speak with experts regarding resources for their business such as financial advising, insurance, social media/LinkedIn, print advertising and more. Cleveland State alumni who are small business owners will conduct a panel discussion at 5 p.m. 

The second annual Student Pitch Competition will be Tuesday, March 28 from 2-4 p.m. Students will present their business ideas to judges for a chance to win $1,000 seed money for their business. This award is provided by the Lynn Jones Foundation.

The community is invited to explore the small businesses located in the CSCC five-county service area of Bradley, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe and Polk counties at the Vendor Expo on Wednesday, March 29 from 4-7 p.m. There will be a panel discussion at 5 p.m. with information provided by clients of the Cleveland Bradley Business Incubator and the Small Business Development Center.

The culmination of the Entrepreneurship Week is the Community Pitch Competition on Thursday, March 30 from 4-7 p.m. Modeled after the popular television show, Shark Tank, the winner of the competition will receive $5,000 seed money to invest in their established business. This award is provided by the Lynn Jones Foundation. 

Sandra Godsey, CSCC Assistant Professor of Business, said, “We are excited to provide this opportunity to the community, as well as the faculty, staff and students of Cleveland State. We want to be a resource for the small businesses of our five-county service area which is the goal of the George R. Johnson Center of Entrepreneurship and Innovation.”

The week of activities is free and open to the public. For more information about Entrepreneurship Week, call (423) 478-6224 or visit http://mycs.cc/entrepreneur.


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  • Cleveland Bradley Business Incubator
  • America's SBDC Tennesseey
  • Your Skills. Your Future.
  • OneSource
  • Cleveland State Sustainability Initiative
  • TBR The College System of Tennessee
  • TN eCampus
  • Tennessee Transfer Pathway