Folks around the Triangle know that our Chamber has been assertively promoting Durham as a hub for start-ups and entrepreneurs. Thanks to the support of our members and community partners, we are gaining a lot of traction not just locally and regionally but even nationally as a supportive, welcoming and resource-rich environment for companies on the rise.

Next week, Wednesday and Thursday September 21 – 22, Durham will be the proud host of the annual Governor’s Summit on Entrepreneurship. You’ll find the agenda, speaker profiles and registration information at the website,

The theme of this year’s event is “Breaking The Mold”. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet and mingle with entrepreneurs and champions from all over the state who are inventing and innovating at neck-breaking speed. Inc. Magazine Contributing Editor Donna Fenn, author of “Upstarts! How GenY Entrepreneurs are Changing the Entrepreneurial Landscape” will kick off the Wednesday session, followed by a panel of “North Carolina Upstarts” featuring Ryan Allis (iContact) and Rachel Weeks (School House Fashions) among others. A joint reception with “NC Companies to Watch”  is scheduled afterward with CED’s annual dinner event immediately following (separate registration required, visit

Thursday’s events will be hosted by Chris Heivly, founder of Triangle Tech Talk, and features a policy chat with Governor Bev Purdue, followed by multiple concurrent sessions on topics ranging from re-inventing traditional NC industries to green technology, Fourth Sector leadership, cleantech/greentech, health care and much more. Numerous Durham entrepreneurs will take the stage in these sessions to discuss their experiences in starting a business in our community.

The day’s discussions will focus on what our community, region and state can do to facilitate job growth and capital investment through entrepreneurial recruitment and retention. Commissioner for Small Business Scott Doherty will wrap up the day with this call to action and next steps.

Hope to see you there!