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Entrepreneurs gather to break the mold in North Carolina

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Durham continues to be celebrated as an entrepreneurial community and is attracting events that reflect it. Entrepreneurs from across the country will be in Durham today to discuss industry innovation, job creation, and the Fourth sector. Governor Beverly Purdue is hosting the 2011 Governor’s Entrepreneurship Summit at the the Durham Convention Center through Thursday, September 22. This year’s theme is “Breaking the Mold”.

Featured speakers include Martin Eakes of Self-Help Credit Union, Donna Fenn of Inc.com and Louis Foreman of Enventys. A few Durham-based speakers include Anne Claire Broughton of SJF Institute, Dorian Bolden of Beyu Cafe’, Dr. Jean Orelien of SciMetrika and Rachel Weeks of School House.

Door registration begins at 2 pm today and costs $140 for the full conference. Additional options include attendance on Wednesday-only for $50 or Thursday-only for $125.

Started in 2006, the NC Entrepreneurship Summit strives to: increase entrepreneurship education, encourage business to business networking, widen access to financing, contribute to high-quality support systems and lead in policy and community support for entrepreneurs.

Follow the Summit on Twitter @NCEntreSummit and add to the conversation with hashtag #NCEntreSummit.

What are your thoughts on how North Carolina can be the best state for entrepreneurship? Share your comments below.

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