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College Conference Addresses Business in the Construction Trades

Release Date: 2/22/2011

CONTACT: Sylvia Blair
Executive Assistant to the President
Carroll Community College

Carroll Community College Conference Addresses Business in the Construction Trades

Westminster, Md., The third annual Entrepreneurship Conference: Constructing Business will be held on Friday, March 25, 2011 from 9 a.m., (check in 8:45 am), to 2 p.m. in the Conference Center in the K building at Carroll Community College. The college's Miller Entrepreneurial Institute is coordinating the event.

The conference highlights entrepreneurship and small business ownership, with a focus on business development in the construction trades.   Welcome remarks from College President Dr. Faye Pappalardo, Superintendent of Carroll County Public Schools (CCPS) Steve Guthrie, and President of the Board of Commissioners Doug Howard will start the day at 9 am.  The keynote speaker, Jason Duff, is a 29-year-old, nationally-known speaker and award-winning entrepreneur.  He will speak about his experiences in starting a business, what it takes to be an entrepreneur in the "trades," and how to bring commerce to the small downtowns and communities in which we live.

In addition to hearing Jason, registrants will also attend three "breakout sessions" that will be taught by local business owners and experts.  Attendees will choose sessions on the day of the conference.  Materials and contact information for all of the sessions will be available at at the conclusion of the conference.

The agenda for the day is as follows:

8:45 a.m. - 9 a.m.              Check In
9 a.m. - 9:10 a.m.              Welcome Remarks
9:10 a.m. - 9:55 a.m.         Keynote
10:05 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.      1st Breakout Session
11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.          Lunch and Door Prizes
11:40 a.m. - 12:25 p.m.     2nd Breakout Session
12:35 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.       3rd Breakout Session
1:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.         Closing and Door Prizes

The breakout session choices are as follows:

Internet Tools and Online Strategies to Grow Your Business:  (Jason Duff) Learn how to use the Internet and web tools to start and grow a small business.

Toolkit to Start a Business: (Beth Woodring) Understand the top five things you need to do to start a business in Carroll County.

The Family Business:  (Ben Scheper) Running a business with parents, children, siblings and other family? Realize what's involved in "keeping it in the family."

Business Types and Contracts:  (Kathy Rus, Esquire) Know what types of legal forms are available when you start a business and what to watch out for in an employment contract.

Nailing Down the Job: (Matt Helminiak) Walk through the essentials of job costing and estimating.

Hammering Out Your Financial Statement: (Sam Miller) Learn the basics of how to read and understand financial statements to map out your profits.

The Machinery of Marketing:  (Jeannine Morber) Take the first steps toward marketing your business to reach your customers.

What It's Really Like:  (Don West) Understand the realities (the ups and the downs) of owning your own business in the trades.

Be Productive:  (Barbara Boone) Learn to manage your time and your space to be productive in your business.

Women in the Trades: (Karen Sorrell) Discover what it's like to own a business in a male-dominated industry.

At the conclusion of the conference, door prizes will be given away to those registered, and all those who attended will receive a certificate which will confirm attendance at the conference.

CCPS high school students are invited to attend and must see their high school counselor first. High school students register, are transported to, and attend this conference, for free, thanks to the generous sponsorships from the Carroll County Economic Development (affiliates: DeMario Design Consultants, Stoehr Companies, Inc., CLSI and Legacy Contracting, Inc.); the Miller Entrepreneurial Institute; Carroll Community College Foundation; Trusted Systems, Inc.; Heating & Air Conditioning Contractors of Maryland; Ben's Rental, Inc.; Atlantic Blue Water Services; and Bluehouse Architecture, LLC.

Registration for the general public is $49 (XXZ-658-A4) and $19 for full-time college students with a valid college. Course ID  is (XXZ-658-A4S).   Registration for all includes lunch. Call (410) 386-8100 to register. For more information, contact Marlene Titus at (410)386-8012,
 e-mail Visit to register online.




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