Fayetteville, NC (PRWEB) November 01, 2013
The challenges facing small businesses are immense in today’s economic climate. Keeping up with changes in technology, securing the money needed to grow and even just finding customers are roadblocks to the success of these companies.
With that in mind, the Chamber is launching the Center for Emerging Business to help businesses take advantage of every opportunity out there for them. The Center will introduce a number of different early initiatives to quickly start encouraging a strong and vibrant local economy.
From collaboration programs with area resource partners and early-stage businesses formation and growth to safety, environmental, crime prevention, business diversity and a host of other focuses, the Center will give immediate tools to entrepreneurs in our community.
Diana Potts will serve as the Center’s Director. Potts, a nationally recognized small business and environmental advocate, has been instrumental in driving effective small business policy at local, state and national levels.
Potts will utilize the Chamber’s diverse network of partners and her professional experience to demonstrate the economic imperative of investment in our nation’s greatest resource – small and emerging businesses.
“The first few years of a new organization are crucial to its longevity,” said Doug Peters, President & CEO of the Fayetteville Regional Chamber. “The Center for Emerging Business will be working to make sure people get and embrace the message, that Fayetteville is a city of diverse businesses with policies that produce better education, health and economic outcomes for all.”
Potts joins the new Center having demonstrated extensive strategic advocacy experience for businesses. Ms. Potts has been involved in both an advisory and leadership capacity for numerous organizations. She played a major role as an adviser with the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality during the Hurricane Katrina and Rita cleanup operations. She sits on the Board of Sustainable Sandhills (a Fort Bragg Initiative) and was for several years a VP on the Board of Braxton Bragg AUSA, the largest AUSA chapter in the world.
Potts is a successful businesswoman and entrepreneur. She has received numerous awards, including the Congressional Medal of Distinction for Environmental Efforts, the Congressional Order of Merit, and the National Leadership Award. In 2009, she was named Business Woman of the Year for North Carolina and was honored at a dinner, with President George W. Bush making a special guest appearance.
For more information regarding the Center for Emerging Business, contact Diana Potts at 910-484-4242 or dpotts(at)fayettevillencchamber(dot)org.