Educating Our Entrepreneurs Event to Help New and Aspiring Business Owners Achieve Success

Published Thursday, February 4, 2016

(Clarksville, TN) – Most new and aspiring business owners have more questions than answers. For that reason, the Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce assembled a half-day seminar to address the more elusive but critical components to entrepreneurship. Educating Our Entrepreneurs brings expertise in marketing, franchising, licensing, taxes, permits and more all under one roof.

Discussion topics range from Pathway Lending’s discussion of capital and technology resources, to Buxton’s franchise information, 5 Star Media Group’s presentation on Marking, Social Media and Sales and a panel of local business owners who will share their personal experiences. Information on small business development, business licenses, taxes, insurance, building codes & permits, and legal matters will also be available.

The event will kick off with keynote speaker, Mark Cleveland, entrepreneur and business executive who simply likes to work hard.  Mark is the owner of and CEO of Hobby Express (formerly Hobby Lobby International, Inc.) a company that leverages its 52 years of design and manufacturing experience to build radio control multi rotor drones and large scale airplanes, made here in Tennessee.  He is also the Co-Founder of Elicit Brands, LLC, a company known for its Swiftwick brand of U.S. produced athletic and medical compression socks.  Today, he is getting into the hotel business.  Cleveland has drawn up plans for a 117-room boutique hotel at 400 Lafayette Street, Nashville, Tennessee, with a grand opening planned for December 2016.

“Entrepreneurship is at the heart of the local business community,” said Tommy Bates, Board Chairman of the Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce. “The Chamber has been proactively working to ensure that they have resources that can make the start-up of a business more seamless.”

The seminar will take place at Old Glory Distilling Company, 451 Alfred Thun Road, on February 11. The cost is $30 per person, and is offered at such a great rate due to offset funding by the Aspire Clarksville Foundation.

“The future of Clarksville is reliant on the small business owner and the services that they offer this community,” said Melinda Shepard, Executive Director, Chamber of Commerce.

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