Entrepreneur Summit


The 14th annual Carole Moore McLeod Entrepreneur Summit was held on Friday, November 10, 2017 at Plemmons Student Union on the campus of Appalachian State University. Business owners from across the region presented and discussed entrepreneurial issues in a full day of speakers and workshops focused on entrepreneurial inspiration. The event was an opportunity for students and community members to meet, network and learn from successful entrepreneurs. The day ended with the student Big Idea Pitch competition. It was certainly a day to remember so mark your calendars and save the date for next year's Entrepreneur Summit - November 2, 2018. We can't wait for you to join us!

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The 14th annual Carole More Mclead Entrepreneur Summit had a fantastic lineup of speakers. This year's keynote address, Entrepreneurial DNA: The Makeup of Successful Business Leaders, was delivered by Donald Thompson. 

Donald is CEO of Creative Allies, an integrated marketing firm that focuses on helping consumer brands execute marketing campaigns, engage customers and acquire millennials. Donald was appointed to the NC Board of Science, Technology and Innovation, was named among the Top 25 Technical Professionals in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, by Business Leader Magazine, and is franchise owner for the Navi Mumbai Sabers of the Elite Football League of India and the High Country Grizzlies of the American Indoor Football League.

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