Small business roundtable scheduled for Wednesday

DCCC Small Business Center will host
Sep. 13, 2013 @ 12:32 PM

Triad small business owners and their employees are invited Wednesday to attend a luncheon to make their voices heard in Raleigh.

Lt. Gov. Dan Forest will be on hand from noon to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Davidson County Community College Conference Center to field questions about how to better help small businesses thrive.

Martha Larson, director of the DCCC Small Business Center, said the town hall format will allow for a very informal setting. A complimentary lunch will be served.

"This is a pro-listening tour, so that he can hear what concerns businesses throughout the state have and then take those concerns back to the Department of Commerce," Larson said. "They're trying to do those throughout the state and in the Triad area."

The Small Business Center is hosting the luncheon because its mission is to increase the success rate and number of viable small businesses in North Carolina. By engaging the DCCC community, businesses and the lieutenant governor's office, Larson hopes the facilitation of a dialogue between Triad business people and a high-ranking elected official will offer relevant solutions.

"They want to solicit questions and concerns from small business folks and also want them to hear how, to date, the state is planning to handle certain challenges," Larson said. "I [went online] and wanted to see if other places had promoted their meetings yet, and I didn't see anything," said Larson. "He's definitely reaching out to this area. They're very interested in reaching out to counties that were heavily hit by the loss of textile and furniture industries."

Concerned citizens from the community are encouraged to reserve their seat at this event by contacting Kristie Helmick, support manager for the National Foundation of Independent Business, at or 1-804-344-3669. RSVP is required for this event.

Staff Writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 888-3575, or