Richmond Community College’s Small Business Center has partnered with local chambers of commerce and an entrepreneurship group to launch www.ncten.biz, a website for area small business owners.
The “TEN” in the website name stands for The Entrepreneur Network, and the site will serve as a resource for business owners to advertise their services and network with other small-business operators. The RCC Small Business Center joined forces with chambers of commerce in Richmond and Scotland counties and N.C. Rural Enterepreneurship through Action Learning.
“It is our goal to have every business in Richmond and Scotland counties promoting what they do so residents and visitors will have a one-stop location to find the goods and services provided in the two counties,” Small Business Center Director Deborah Hardison said in a statement.
A launch event for the website is planned from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 21 at Hudson Brothers at 15 S. Lee St. in Rockingham. The gathering is free and open to all current or potential business owners in Richmond and Scotland counties.
To attend, RSVP at www.ncten.biz.
The Entrepreneur Network was established in November 2010 with a North Carolina Rural Center grant. Five chambers of commerce, including the Richmond and Scotland chambers, spearheaded the grant to promote businesses throughout their counties.
“The new website is an updated version of the previous NC TEN site,” Hardison said. “We have made it more interactive in hopes that small business owners will use the website to advertise and as a resource to help them grow their small businesses — somewhat like Angie’s List. The goal is that people will view this as a virtual support network that will cross from the virtual realm to the physical.”