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SMCC Entrepreneurship Center to Host Entrepreneur Forums

Phoenix, AZ – February 5, 2015 – South Mountain Community College (SMCC) Community Entrepreneurship Center (CEC) will conduct three Entrepreneurship Forums during the spring semester.

The first of three forums, New School/Non-traditional Entrepreneurs, is Wednesday, February 11, 12:30 – 1:45 p.m. in the South Mountain Community Library, Community Room. The panel of local entrepreneurs that will discuss the topic of non-traditional entrepreneurship incudes:

  • Tremaine Jasper, owner, operator and blogger of PhxSoul.com.  PhxSoul.com is a Website that informs Phoenix-area residents about African American cultural events, businesses, organizations, educational opportunities, entertainment and much more. Jasper created his business in August 2006 to provide local residents with a daily news and information focused on the African American community.
  • Roosevelt Brown, owner of Velt’s Mobile Detailing. Brown established his mobile detailing business in 1993, when he was employed as a FedEx courier. He liked cars and really enjoyed keeping his cars clean and detailed. So he took a chance, bought a van and some detailing equipment. Within three months Velts Mobile Detailing took off! Now twenty-two years later his business consists of several crews and mobile equipment that travel all over the state.
  • Chelsea Cavender, founder and chemist of SLATHERLotions. As a plant biologist, and SLATHER mixologist, Cavender believes “it’s what’s INSIDE that counts” in her holistic skincare products made with ingredients that are natural, organic, plant-based, and100% non-GMO. Cavender built her business vending at local farmers’ markets and has expanded her online market.
  • Kyle Clayton is a serial entrepreneur, creating and operating a variety of local companies in Arizona that include Jackrabbit Janitorial, Awesome Cookie Company, and Better Creative. Kyle is also a member of the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs.

“These forums provide an opportunity for our students and community to develop a comprehensive understanding of entrepreneurship,” stated SMCC President Shari Olson. “This panel in particular brings an important message about entrepreneurship – being passionate about what you do and challenging what is already established can lead to a successful business venture.”

Additional forums are scheduled to take place March 4 and April 8, 2015. Topics will include Young Entrepreneurs Under 30 (March 4) and Franchises (April 8). More details about both forums will be available in coming weeks at www.southmountaincc.edu/cec. All Entrepreneur Forums are free and open to the public.

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