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Green business opportunities networking event to be held Feb. 24

BOONE—You and your company can benefit from the approaching wave of green business activity.  To learn more, plan to attend the “Realizing Green Business Opportunities” event Feb. 24 being hosted by Appalachian State University’s Center for Entrepreneurship.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. in Plemmons Student Union’s Blue Ridge Ballroom. Food and beverages will be provided. Admission is free. Participants are asked to register online at For more information, contact Julia Rowland, 828-262-8325 or

The featured speakers for the event will be Ged Moody, entrepreneur-in-residence at Appalachian, and Scott Suddreth, technical program director with Building Performance  Engineering in Boone. Moody and Suddreth have extensive knowledge of renewable energy and sustainability-focused technologies as well as practical experiences in the business world.

The gathering is designed to help local community members understand the technologies involved in the emerging area of green business, and how they and their business can become positioned to take part in this economy, including identifying local resources available related to green business.

Additionally, a networking session will be incorporated where more than 20 local businesses, business incubators and related community organizations will be available to answer questions about this exciting new economy.

Participating businesses and organizations include: Appalachian Energy Solutions, Appalachian Voices, Aquahelix, Blue Ridge Energy Works, Boone Sustainable Transportation Club, Building Performance Engineering, Caldwell Community College, DwellBox, Mayland Community College, MountainKeepers, Small Business Administration, Small Wind Certification Council, SunVolt Energy, T Square Builders, Watauga Green Business Plan, Wilkes Community College, WAMY Community Action, and the university’s Appalachian Enterprise Center, Appalachian Institute for Renewable Energy, Center for Entrepreneurship, Energy Center, Renewable Energy Initiative, Solar Club and Association of Student Entrepreneurs Club.