Neighboring Snellville's 'Entrepreneur Summit' Attracts Dozens of Local Business Owners

The city of Grayson is looking to do something similar.

Snellville's second Entrepreneur Summit was deemed another huge hit and, according to a story in Snellville Patch, is helping showcase the city's efforts to brand itself as a city committed to being the go-to location for entrepreneurs.

The City of Grayson began looking at doing something similar back in 2011 and last year purchased a building in downtown Grayson to help get the process under way. The plan is now moving forward is expected to come to fruition this year.

With around 60 business owners in attendance at the Snellville Entrepreneur Summit, the city-sponsored event showed off that city's advanced economic development plan. 

In fact, Snellville Economic Development director Eric Van Otteren received a call recently from a man living in Canada. He found the city's online Business Toolbox, according to Van Otteren, and was intrigued to find a city that was so devoted to fostering an entrepreneurial atmostphere. Out of all the places he considered settling, Snellville appealed to him most. 

Others have already made their way here, like Eric and Ruby Montgomery. They recently opened up a family-friendly entertainment venue called Expose in the Fountain Square shopping center that will be similar to Duluth's Eddie Owens theater. 

Aside from informing business owners of what Snellville has to offer them, this most recent summit taught local entrepreneurs the ins and outs of neuromarketing, a psychological approach to sales and marketing, taught by business guru Dennis Daniels. 

"Everyone walked away benefiting from what they heard," said Van Otteren. "From the business owners perspective, I believe Dennis shared things that really got them thinking, offering a new perspective of what their marketing message might look like."

The next Entrepreneur Summit is scheduled for April 13. 

For further reading:

  • Business Incubator Program Being Considered in Grayson
  • 'Snellville Business Toolbox' Revealed at Entrepreneur Summit
  • Local Students Learn Entrepreneurship From the Masters
  • Citizen Survey Results Show Positive Growth
  • Students Win Funds for Business Ventures


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