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 TWELVE GRADUATE FROM “REAL” ENTREPRENEURSHIP CLASS AT HCC
The Small Business Center at Halifax Community College (HCC) graduated 12 participants from the Rural Entrepreneurship through Action Learning (REAL) course, Apr. 2. Pictured are: (from row from left) Linda McRae, Carol Robinson, Becky Jenkins, Matt Moriarty; (middle row): HCC's SBC Director and Instructor Dick McCormick, Sandy Rose, Carolyn Levy, Gary Williams; (back row) Gloria Robinson, Sonya Moore, and Cassie Guttersen. Not Pictured: Bonny Whyte and Stephanie Smith.

 On Apr. 2, the Small Business Center at Halifax Community College (HCC) graduated 12 participants from the Rural Entrepreneurship through Action Learning (REAL) course.

These individuals successfully completed an 11-week (33 contact hours) course that helped them work through all aspects of a business plan. The class utilized interactive group activities, exercises and case studies to eventually develop plans based on individual business ideas.

Participants included two who had already started a business, others who had a sound business idea, and a few who needed creative ideas. The goal of the course was to help participants successfully launch a viable business. Many diverse opportunities were represented as participants evaluated current business needs and opportunities based on what is happening in the Roanoke Valley, including Carolina Crossroads and other major ventures.

The Small Business Center at HCC offers many professional three-hour seminars on various topics of interest to the small business owner and to managers in larger companies. Go online at www.HalifaxCC.edu to view the full listing of courses. A full complement of seminars is offered in the fall and spring semesters.