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A p pa l a c h i a n Entrepreneurship Policy Summit Removing Barriers, Opening Opportunities in Rural Communities

October 27 & 28, 2005 Knoxville Hilton, Knoxville, Tennessee

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oin other selected policymakers, officials, entrepreneurs and the organizations supporting them to examine effective entrepreneurship policies and develop policy recommendations. This Summit will focus on the Southern Appalachian states of Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee, and specifically on rural communities. Urban partners are encouraged to attend and consider joint policy interests.

Invitees include: • State and local policymakers • Economic development officials • Microenterprise development programs • Community development organizations • Entrepreneurs • Community development funders • Rural development authorities • University and college professionals • Other partners and stakeholders

www.microenterpriseworks.org/projects/Appalachian


Appalachian Entrepreneurship Policy Summit Removing Barriers, Opening Opportunities in Rural Communities October 27 and 28, 2005 – Knoxville, Tennessee

Summit Objectives: • • • • •

State caucuses will develop state and local policy recommendations that support entrepreneurship. State caucuses will develop an action plan to advance policy recommendations. Participants will discover useful entrepreneurship practice information from other communities. An open dialogue between entrepreneur support organizations and policymakers will be achieved. Microenterprise development programs’ role in creating entrepreneurial communities will be recognized.

Agenda: Thursday, October 27 8:00................................. Registration and Continental Breakfast 9:00................................. Welcome: Bill Edwards, Executive Director, Association for Enterprise Opportunity 9:15................................. Call to Action: Greg Walker-Wilson, Board Chair, AEO & Executive Director, Mountain Microenterprise Fund 9:20................................. Introductions/ Menu of Policy Items 9:40................................. Case studies, speakers and discussion focused on the theme: “Microenterprise Development Organizations: Catalysts for Entrepreneurial Communities.” 12:30............................... Lunch 1:15................................. Public Policy Panel: Effective entrepreneurship policies & action recommendations Anne Pope, Federal Co-Chair, Appalachian Regional Commission

Mark Sorrells, Senior Vice President, Golden Leaf Foundation Pam Curry, Executive Director, Center for Economic Options 2:15................................. State Caucuses – Identify policy priorities, opportunities and potential obstacles 4:00................................. State Caucuses Report and Panel Responds 5:30................................. Reception (Including entrepreneurs’ displays and entrepreneur presentation) Friday, October 28 7:30................................. Late Registration and Continental Breakfast 8:30................................. Welcome, Review Agenda, Summary of Day One 8:50................................. Central Appalachian Network: Implementation of policy recommendations Robin Stewart, Policy & Research Associate, Ohio University’s Voinovich Center for Leadership & Public Affairs Steve Hodges, Executive Director, Jubilee Project Anthony Flaccavento, Executive Director, Appalachian Sustainable Development (invited) 9:20................................. State Caucuses: Policy agenda next steps, timelines, roles 10:20............................... State Caucuses Report 11:00............................... Discussion: Joint action and national policy implications 11:30............................... Closing and Call to Action Box Lunch Available Public Policy Advocacy Workshop 12:30– 3:00 p.m. This additional workshop on public policy advocacy tools and methods is being offered to assist the Summit participants who will be taking an education and advocacy role to advance policy priorities.


Appalachian Entrepreneurship Policy Summit Sponsors

Babcock Tennessee Valley Authority

Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation

Georgia Department of Community Affairs

SunTrust Bank of East Tennessee Legal Aid of Eastern Tennessee University of Tennessee Institute for Public Service United Community Bank

Featured speakers: Anne B. Pope serves as the tenth federal co-chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), an economic development partnership between the federal government and 13 governors. Among her public appointments, Pope served in the cabinet of Tennessee Governor Sundquist as Commissioner of the Department of Commerce and Insurance and as the Executive Director of the Film, Entertainment, and Music Commission. In the private sector, Pope has served as President of Proffitt’s of the Tri-Cities, Inc. and as President/CEO for the Parks-Belk Company. She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University and grew up in Kingsport, TN.



Mark Sorrells is Senior Vice President for the Golden Leaf Foundation, a nonprofit funded through the North Carolina settlement agreement with cigarette manufacturers. Sorrells oversees the Foundation’s day-today operations as it helps North Carolinians transition from a tobacco dependent economy. Previously, he was Executive Director for NC REAL (Rural Entrepreneurship through Action Learning) Enterprises. He serves on the NC Commision on Workforce Development and the Kentucky Governor’s Planning Committee for the Appalachian Crafts Center. He earned his MBA and BS from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. He grew up near Waynesville, NC and has worked in family owned businesses since the age of seven.







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Travel and Accommodations Hilton Knoxville 501 W. Church Avenue, SW Knoxville, TN 37902 865.523.2300

The newly renovated Hilton Knoxville hotel is situated in the heart of downtown Knoxville. It is accessible from I-40 (take exit #388 from the East and #388A from the West) and I-75 (take I-40 East Exit) as well as the McGhee Tyson Airport. The hotel is approximately 20 minutes from the Airport, and taxis will cost around $18.00. For more detailed information, please contact the Hilton via the phone number or website listed below. Make reservations for Wednesday and Thursday nights at our event rate of $85.00 per night, plus tax. AEO’s group code at the Hilton is APS, and reservations must be made by September 25 to guarantee the group rate. Call (865) 523-2300 for reservations or visit www.hilton.com. When making reservations, note that the Hilton requires 72 hours notice for cancellations. For more detailed information on the agenda, contact: Natallie Keiser, AEO (404) 581-1727 aeonk@earthlink.net For questions about registration please contact: Katie Igrec Lima, AEO (703) 841-7760 x38 kigrec-lima@assoceo.org The Association for Enterprise Opportunity supports the development of strong and effective U.S. microenterprise development programs to assist underserved entrepreneurs in starting, stabilizing and expanding businesses.

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