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McLeod Entrepreneur Summit held Oct. 3 at Appalachian

BOONE—Students and community members interested in owning their own business can learn from the experts during the 11th Carole Moore McLeod Entrepreneur Summit Oct. 3 at Appalachian State University.

The entrepreneur summit is named for Carole Moore McLeod in recognition of her gift that provides ongoing support of the entrepreneurship program. McLeod is a 1981 business graduate of the Walker College of Business and owner of Advantage Waste Recycling & Disposal Inc.

Twenty-seven sessions will run concurrently at 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Oct. 3 in Peacock Hall (formerly Raley Hall), offering attendees the opportunity to select the workshops of interest. The event is free and open to the public.

Parking is available in the Rivers Street parking deck. For a complete schedule and list of businesses participating in the event, visit For more information, contact Erich Schlenker with the Transportation Insight Center for Entrepreneurship at 828-262-8325 or email

More than 30 business owners will discuss topics including: e-commerce, sustainable business, investing and lending, international business, non-profits, start-up and small business challenges, marketing strategies and resources, legal considerations, hospitality and event planning, creative business strategies, social and global entrepreneurship, public speaking skills and technology commercialization. Local enthusiasts can also learn from sessions titled “Transitioning a Business from the Dorm to Downtown Boone” and “Creating a Thriving Business for the High Country Outdoors.”

Companies participating in the event include Appalachian Mountain Brewery, Big Boom Design, Clarke Allen Events, Community Care Clinic, Consolidated Asset Recovery Systems Inc., DirectDigital LLC, High Country Toastmasters, Hospitality House, Jared Nichols Group, Lost Province, Misty Mountain, Moffatt & Moffatt PLC, Ole Mason Jar, Private Equity Initiatives IMAF, Ray’s Weather, Rose Mountain Butcher, Stonegate Developers, The Entrepreneur’s Source, The Support Center, Transportation Insight and Wine to Water.

Housed in the Walker College of Business, the Transportation Insight Center for Entrepreneurship was created in 2006 and named for Hickory-based company Transportation Insight in 2011 when a 1,700-square-foot space opened in Peacock Hall dedicated to center activities. The center includes four offices, a student lounge, a meeting area and incubator office space for student entrepreneurs.