CHARLESTON -- TechGROWTH Ohio has announced a month-long series of seminars focusing on business growth in southeast Ohio, featuring keynote addresses by U.S. Congressman Charlie Wilson (OH-6) at each.

This event will bring together the largest assembly of resources in the region, making it an invaluable opportunity for businesses and individuals.

* "Re-Inventing Small Business in Appalachia:" This program will connect participants with valuable resources from state and local organizations designed to foster technology and innovation. "Fast Pitch" is an opportunity to present a formal or back of the napkin idea to a panel of experts for feedback and resources to advance to the next level. Through interactive discussions, presentations, and networking opportunities, Re-Inventing Small Business participants will discover the realm of possibilities Appalachia offers new and existing businesses.

* "Advanced Energy-A New Opportunity for Business Growth:" As a potential entrepreneur or successful small business owner, you need the right information at the right time from reliable sources just to keep up-and to stay on top. State agencies, regional service providers and local representatives will provide information on topics ranging from clean energy opportunities and growing green businesses to workforce training programs in energy. Participants will have the opportunity to network and interact with these representatives and other likeminded business leaders while exploring energy incentives, cost savings and additional opportunities for business growth from exhibitors.

All programs will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and are free. A light lunch is included. Pre-registration is encouraged and can be done by visiting or by calling (740) 593-9588.

The dates and locations for the seminars are:

* "Re-Inventing Small Business in Appalachia"

Feb. 5 at Lafayette Hotel in Marietta

Feb. 8 at Eastern Gateway Community College in Steubenville

Feb. 19 at Ohio University Southern Campus in Ironton

* "Advanced Energy - A New Opportunity for Business Growth"

Feb. 18 at the University of Rio Grande in Rio Grande

Feb. 26 at Ohio University Eastern Campus in St. Clairsville

March 5 at Marietta College in Marietta

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