WordSouth Partners with Farmers Telecommunications Cooperative to Host Business Luncheon for National Small Business Week

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WordSouth and longtime client, Farmers Telecommunications Cooperative are teaming up to sponsor a luncheon in celebration of National Small Business Week.

"National Small Business Week is an opportunity to celebrate hard-working men and women who are creating jobs and driving our local economies," says Stephen V. Smith, founder and president of WordSouth.

WordSouth is pleased to join with longtime client Farmers Telecommunication Cooperative (FTC) in hosting a business luncheon to celebrate National Small Business Week, which is May 12 - 16.

"Small businesses are a vital part of our rural communities," says Stephen V. Smith, founder and president of WordSouth. "National Small Business Week is an opportunity to celebrate hard-working men and women who are creating jobs and driving our local economies.”

The small business luncheon will be held at Wing House in Rainsville on Wednesday, May 14 at 11:30 a.m. All small business owners in the area are invited to attend. This event will include a free lunch, compliments of WordSouth and FTC, along with three guest speakers.

Foster Perry, director of the Small Business Development Center, will be speaking about how Alabama’s Small Business Development Center Network can strengthen local businesses. Perry completed undergraduate studies in California and India and went on to get a Master’s degree from the Tufts University - Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy in Boston. He has worked in San Francisco, New York and Latin America. Perry now lives in Huntsville.

The event will also feature Chris Townson, manager of customer service and support at FTC, speaking about upcoming technology that can help grow businesses. Jared Dovers, managing editor at WordSouth, will speak about marketing a business with a Facebook business page.

"An important part of our mission is providing the reliable broadband network that today's small businesses need to successfully run their companies," says Brandi Lyles, manager of marketing and public relations at FTC. "We're looking forward to hosting this Small Business Luncheon and sharing information with people who are providing important products and services while driving our economy.”

Small businesses have a strong impact on the U.S. economy. According to an SBA Office of Advocacy report, small businesses compromise:

99.7 percent of U.S. employer firms
43 percent of private-sector payroll
43 percent of high-tech employment

FTC is Alabama’s largest member-owned telecommunications cooperative, serving almost 17,000 subscribers in seven exchanges across DeKalb and Jackson counties.

"We have worked with FTC since 1996, the year our company was formed," says Smith. "As the region's telecommunications company, FTC provides the infrastructure that is necessary for job growth and quality of life in general. WordSouth is excited to partner with them for this Small Business Luncheon, and we encourage small business owners to come help us celebrate."

Small business owners should call WordSouth at 256-638-8856 or email beth(at)wordsouth(dot)com to reserve a seat at the luncheon for themselves and their key staff.

WordSouth engages the power of content marketing to help rural utilities connect with their communities. The company produces custom content, such as magazines, brochures, annual reports and bill inserts, through an all-encompassing approach that saves clients both time and money. For more information about WordSouth, visit the company website at http://www.wordsouth.com.

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