WREN is presenting the Eureka Night, a "boot camp" for community-minded entrepreneurs and the general public on April 16 6-9 p.m. Spotlight on small businesses their business and marketing challenges with facilitator Carrie Gendreau, sponsored by Bank of N.H. at the Medallion Opera House, 20 Park Street Gorham. This event is free and open to everyone.
The Eureka Night offers an intensive and interactive environment for entrepreneurs to learn about marketing, challenges and different aspects of running local small businesses. The program was conceived by Stonyfield Farm co-founder Gary Hirshberg, as the Stonyfield Entrepreneurship Institute "boot camp". This version, done with permission is shorter, face paced and only one night.
A panel of local experts will offer their expertise in solving the marketing challenges of four entrepreneurs chosen from WREN applicants. The panel includes Stewart Gates, (N.H. Small Business Development North Country), Mollie White (Northern Community Investment Corporation), Josh Simonds (Facefirst, Nichols Communication), Heather Piche (Local Business Owner) and the emcee for this fast- paced and exciting evening, Carrie Winn Gendreau(Emma & Co Boutique and the Training Connection).
The WREN member businesses in Coos County who will present their marketing & business challenges to audience and experts are: Carla Lapierre of Gateway Gallery and Gifts, Kathleen Uland Kelley of Kathleen Kelly, CPA, Todd and Ellen Ross of Mountain Fire Pizza, and Mark Peabody of Mahoosuc Inn!
Eureka is that Aha! moment when you finally solve a problem. Modeled on the "boot camp" style perfected at the Stonyfield Entrepreneurship Institute, participants will get a chance to present their business and the specific marketing or business challenge they are facing. There will be a short comment and questions period and then the participants must be silent while the panelists and audience make suggestions and offer strategies for the business. This "case method' approach ensures a practical and grounded real world experience. Participants, as well as the audience, are assured of taking home a wealth of pragmatic and useful ideas that can be immediately put to work. The facilitator makes sure there are no long-winded talkers, keeps things moving along and ensures that everyone gains from the evening. Between presentations there will be time for networking; light snacks and drinks will be provided.
WREN inspires possibilities, creates opportunities and builds connections through community. For twenty years our work connects people with one another, provides access to resources many couldn't afford on their own, offers learning opportunities including entrepreneurial business training and technical assistance, creates and supports markets for entrepreneurs, actively engages in local revitalization, and serves a national model for rural economic and community development.