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ROANOKE — Virginia Western


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 July 8, 2013
 Contact: Josh Meyer
 Coordinator of Marketing and Strategic Communications
 Phone: (540) 857-6311
Email:  jmeyer@virginiawestern.edu

 Virginia Western course to help students launch business in one
semester Fast-track course for entrepreneurs to launch in Fall 2013; Enrollment
open now at virginiawestern.edu.
                                                                                                                                                     
ROANOKE
— Virginia
  Western Community College is launching a revised business course this fall that
  teaches student and prospective entrepreneurs how to launch their own business
  in one semester. The Entrepreneurship course will offer unique hands-on
  experience.
 “We are excited to have the opportunity to offer an
entrepreneurship course that should be of great interest to the region,”
Virginia Western President Robert Sandel said. “Students will enjoy the benefits
of having a dynamic course instructor with business experience in Samantha
Steidle.”

 Virginia Western’s standard tuition rates apply to the course.
The college’s Workforce Solutions will host shorter workshops, which will give a
sample of the content. Open enrollment
is available now.   To find
out more, visit www.virginiawestern.edu.
                   
“This course aims to help people help themselves in an economy
that is challenging workers to become more entrepreneurial,” said Steidle, owner
of the Business Lounge in downtown Roanoke.   Steidle, who developed the
course, will also serve as its instructor.
 
“I had been teaching classes at Virginia Western for several
semesters when I got the idea for this course,” Steidle said. “We are
emphasizing practical, hands-on experience that results in businesses ready to
serve customers.”

 The course is intended to be a launching pad for businesses in
the Roanoke Valley. Based upon enrollment, 20 – 30 viable new businesses per
semester are possible. 

The Small Business Development Center and Virginia Department of
Business Assistance are assisting with the course, and Downtown Roanoke Inc. has
pledged to help students with the fledging enterprises, particularly as they
look for spaces in which to open shop. 

The course takes its place in an array of entrepreneurially
focused classes at nearby colleges and universities, including Radford
University, Roanoke College, and Virginia
Tech.

 “Our American economy is driven by the entrepreneurial spirit
and small business,” said Jim Poythress, Vice President of Virginia Western’s
Workforce Development Services. “If we are to continue to be globally
competitive, we must foster the entrepreneurial aspirations of our citizenry to
ensure that we have synergistic and dynamic growth in the innovation of ideas,
products, and services. This course provides an ideal opportunity to foster
these aspirations.” 

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 Quotes from supporters of the Entrepreneurship course

 “The more budding entrepreneurs can learn about creating and
growing a new business, the better chance those businesses will succeed. Small
businesses need an array of resources to prosper. Fortunately, we have many
available to help foster their success, including Roanoke Regional Small
Business Development Center no-charge counseling and low-cost classes, and a
variety of college courses, like this Entrepreneurship course throughout the
region.”
– Joyce Waugh, President
Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce
 
“The lean startup movement is a methodology for helping start-up
companies target the needs of their customers before actually launching a
product. This concept is helping founders understand what the market demands;
which in turn, mitigates the risks of launching and the outcome is much more
successful.”
– Derick Maggard,
Executive Director Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council & StartUp Class
Instructor at Virginia Tech

 “Virginia is rich in resources for small businesses getting
started and connecting new entrepreneurs to opportunities is our number one
objective. Starting a new business can be exciting, but also very scary and
having support resources accessible can make that leap of faith into a new
enterprise little easier. The Virginia Department of Business Assistance is your
one stop to business resources in the Commonwealth.” 
 – Sandy Ratliff, Business Services Manager - Southwest Office at
Virginia Department of Business Assistance

 “Budding entrepreneurs are necessary for this region to continue
to grow. Even though some characteristics of entrepreneurs are natural, many of
the skills necessary for the entrepreneur to be successful must be taught and as
such, specialize training must be available.” 
– Tom Tanner, Small Business Consultant at the Roanoke Regional
Small Business Development Center

 “Unfortunately there are not enough jobs in Virginia and in the
world for each of us. It is critically important to or future to learn how to
start and manage a new business. Now here is a course that helps you get
started. It's a wonderful opportunity.” 
–  Cabell Brand,
Chairman of the Cabell Brand Center; Founder of Total Action Against Poverty in
the Roanoke Valley
 
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ABOUT VIRGINIA WESTERN COMMUNITY COLLEGE

 With nearly 13,000 students on the college’s main campus in Southwest Roanoke City,  to our satellite locations at the Roanoke Higher Education Center in Downtown Roanoke, Greenfield Education & Training Center in Daleville, and the
Franklin Center in Rocky Mount, Virginia Western Community College is committed  to providing affordable, accessible, and quality educational opportunities and  workforce training to meet individual, community, and global needs. To learn  more, visit www.virginiawestern.edu.

 


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