ROANOKE, VA – The Department of Economic Development announces Mayor Sherman Lea’s Business Summit will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018. The event, “The Gig Economy: Are you a Solopreneur or a Side-Gigger?,” will be held at the Roanoke CoLab at 1327 Grandin Road from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The event is free, but attendees must register by visiting goo.gl/FsA8Rx. Sponsors include Freedom First Credit Union and the Virginia Small Business Development Center, along with the City of Roanoke's Department of Economic Development.
The Mayor’s Business Summit will focus on the following topics:
- Putting your expertise to work for you
- Going from zero to revenue in just 30 days
- Earning extra money while keeping your day job
"We were surprised at the great turnout we had when we held this event last May, with some very positive feedback and results,” states Mayor Lea. “Thus, we want to make this opportunity available again to anyone thinking about opening their own business. We will have the experts on hand to discuss the pros and cons of owning a business, and ways to ease into a business without giving up your day job."
“Small businesses play a significant role in our community. Through the Mayor’s Summit, we want to create awareness, educate and inspire new and potential business owners,” says Wayne Bowers, Director of the Department of Economic Development.
Brad Stephens, Director of CoLab states, “We are thrilled to be hosting Mayor Lea’s Business Summit. Many new businesses get started right here at CoLab and this will give prospective business owners the opportunity to see what we have to offer here.”
The Department of Economic Development acts as a liaison to forge partnerships between business and government in Roanoke. The mission of the organization is to foster stable economic growth in the City of Roanoke and provide continuous improvements to the quality of life for its citizens. Implementing innovative workforce and business retention, expansion and recruitment practices and promoting strategic asset developments city-wide to ensure the community and economy remain diverse and vibrant are priorities of the department.
For more information contact Wayne Bowers, Director, Department of Economic Development, at 540-853-2715 or [email protected].