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The CEC's leadership continues to explore the potential for a regional entrepreneurial conference in the 2005-2006 time frame. Current efforts focus on partnering with other business development and entrepreneurial support organizations to create a two-day event with statewide draw. If you have ideas about such a conference, contact the CEC at (910) 452-9910.

Opportunity 2004, the CEC's conference on March 29-30, 2004, drew almost 200 entrepreneurs, investors, and service providers to the Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort at Wrightsville Beach. Participants heard from nationally recognized speakers, including Guy Kawasaki, Bob Graham, Dennis Gillings, and Andy White. Topics ranged from "The Art of the Start" to "The Impact of Globalization on Venture-Backed Technology Companies" to "Sailing Uncharted Waters: My Life on the Start-Up Waves."