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"Entrepreneurs' Cafe" competition set for Tuesday night

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LEWISBURG, W. Va (PRESS RELEASE)-- Greenbrier Valley's first Entrepreneur Café will be held on Tuesday, February 26 at 5:30 pm at the Greenbrier Public Library.

The Entrepreneur Café is based on the concept of "Crowd funding" – a phenomenon that has swept the internet and the nation by storm by giving everyday people the opportunity to invest in an idea or concept for a small amount.

The Greater Greenbrier Chamber of Commerce says West Virginia is ranked last in entrepreneurial activity in the nation. This can change by encouraging our greatest resource- our creative and innovative people to bring their ideas and dreams to reality.

A $10 ticket to the Entrepreneur Café includes supper and a vote for what you think is the most deserving business. Proceeds from the dinner will be "seed money" to help a new or existing entrepreneur pursue a new endeavor and grow our local economy.

The available seed money is already at $650, including the initial investment of $500 from Vision Shared, the organization launching this concept throughout the state, and $150 from First Energy. More crowd investment increases the amount that a desiring entrepreneur will receive.

This is the first of quarterly cafes' sponsored by the Greater Greenbrier Chamber of Commerce, New River Community and Technical College, Greenbrier Valley Economic Development Corporation and the Small Business Administration.

Five entrepreneurs will be vying for the "seed money". These finalists include Jeremy O' Sullivan of Frobot, a frozen yogurt vending company; Jeff Bray of I-Treks, which is a GPS based tour guide system for smart phones; Pam West of Greenbrier Valley Farmers Market, a 33 member collective who are looking to jump start a local foods dinner as an educational benefit; Troy Nanney of Lewisburg Diamond and Gold, who is looking to begin an historic artifacts dig project; and Lewis Leaseburge, of Leaseburge Chiropractic, who would like to expand his business by offering muscle stimulated face-lifts and body contouring.

Presentations will detail the specifics of how the funding will be used to benefit the business or project.

Come enjoy a delicious dinner provided by Sam's Club of Beckley and make your vote count for the most deserving entrepreneur. If you plan to attend, you are asked to register with the Chamber by calling 304-645-2818 or visiting www.greenbrierwvchamber.org and clicking on the upcoming event. The ticket cost can be paid by credit card online, or you may pay with cash or check at the door.

The Chamber says the event will support the local economy.

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