By Bert Smith and Jamin Dixon, The Farmville Group
Farmville Sharks are hungry to bring innovative and entrepreneurial retail ideas to their downtown business area. The “Sharks” — seven local business people interested in helping businesses to get started or grow — are coming together to interview local people with business ideas. The Sharks plan to invest money in at least one unique Farmville, North Carolina business.
The Farmville Sharks are an outside-the-box business group interested in partnering with local entrepreneurs who bring to the table the skills and resources necessary to establish and run a business, or expand an existing business in the town. Sharks are open to all ideas, but have a particular interest in food and beverage services, apparel, bed and breakfast, boutique hotel, hunting club, distillery, fitness, quality child care, or other unique retail opportunities.
While all businesses locating in Farmville are eligible, priority will be given to businesses locating in the downtown business district. This 14-block area is home to a mixture of retail, restaurants, office, educational, and a variety of service based businesses
Candidates need to advise the Sharks of their business intentions to participate by the deadline: September 1, 2017. The Farmville Sharks will be conducting their final round of entrepreneur interviews on October 19, 2017, beginning at 6:30pm, at the Farmville Arts and Event Center, located at 3732 W Wilson Street, Farmville NC.
If you are interested in being a part of the October interviews, contact them via email. Participants are required to conform to a specific set of rules which can be furnished in response to an emailed request.
This Shark Tank-style event is organized by The Farmville Group in conjunction with the The Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC), an NC business support organization. Said Jamin Dixon:
“We are excited to be partnering with Small Business & Technology Development Center at ECU, who will be helping our applicants refine business plans and fine tune applications. They have proven to be a tremendous asset so far, and we think that many new and existing businesses could benefit from their expertise.”
The Farmville Group, a grassroots economic development organization, meet once a week to discuss how best to motivate and improve their community. They are helping to make huge changes in the way people see Farmville. For more information about Farmville NC and The Farmville Group, visit www.thefarmvillegroup.com.
The Town of Farmville is in Pitt County, west of Greenville NC was incorporated in 1872. Farmville is a part of the Greenville Metropolitan Area. Visit the town’s website at farmvillenc.gov.
Edited by Kay Whatley, The Grey Area News