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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 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 All Entrepreneur Forums are free and open to the public.

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