Rocky Mount, NC Hosts Annual "Shark Tank" Contest

Rocky Mount revitalization

Economic Development in Rocky Mount

Who will be the superstar entrepreneurs of Rocky Mount, NC? What is the next outstanding business idea in the Twin County area? Residents of Nash and Edgecombe counties can get a sneak peek at the next big innovation as Rocky Mount hosts its own version of the “Shark Tank” television competition. The event takes place in February at the Dunn Center on the campus of NC Wesleyan College.

The competition is organized by SpringBoardNC which provides entrepreneurs with information and tools they need to be successful. Established in 2012, the organization’s  goal is to foster and support new businesses and entrepreneurship along the Highway 64  / Interstate 95 region of Eastern North Carolina. Headquartered on Falls Road in Rocky Mount, the organization provides entrepreneurs the opportunity to network with peers and gain access to funding sources.

One of those opportunities made possible by SpringBoardNC is the “Shark Tank” contest, modeled after the popular television show. The contest allows business start-ups the chance to compete and win money for latest entrepreneurial ventures.

“The contest also serves another purpose: to encourage business developers and entrepreneurs to stay in the local area, contributing to the economic development of the region,” said Jeff Tobias, SpringBoardNC founding board member.

Entrepreneurs who aren’t quite ready to jump into the “Shark Tank” don’t need to worry: There are several other local resources in Rocky Mount available to help those who are interested in starting businesses, expanding their businesses, or developing business skills:

The City of Rocky Mount, NC Downtown Development Office

The development office coordinates public-private efforts to renovate and revitalize the historic downtown area through Rocky Mount, NC’s Main Street Program.  The Downtown Development Office also maintains listings of historic properties, as well as buildings available for purchase, rental, and eligible for state and federal tax credits.

Edgecombe Community College Small Business Center

The center provides free counseling, business planning assistance, and seminars for prospective and existing small businesses.

Nash Community College Small Business Center

The Small Business Center at Nash Community College supports the development of new businesses and the growth of existing businesses in Nash County by being a community based provider of training, counseling, and resource information.

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