FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- The North Carolina Defense Business Association (NCDBA), providing information, connections, and networking opportunities to build relationships and promote defense related business within the state of North Carolina, recently hosted a Women in Defense forum on entrepreneurship. Well-known startup advocate and mentor Jim Roberts participated in a fireside chat in Fayetteville exploring resources for innovative businesses and sharing his many years of experience helping young companies find resources, mentorship, funding and success.
“Jim has invaluable knowledge and contacts with North Carolina’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, as well as an understanding of the special needs of military-related businesses,” NCDBA Executive Director Tammy Everett said.
Roberts is the Director of Community Development at Bunker Labs North Carolina, founder of the Network for Entrepreneurs in Wilmington (NEW) and the manager of the Wilmington (NC) Angels for Local Entrepreneurs (WALE). He has been a connector and a resource for startups in North Carolina for the last 17 years, starting or working for entrepreneur support organizations in Charlotte, Asheville, Durham and Wilmington, in addition to working for the North Carolina Department of Commerce in the International Trade Division.
Bunker Labs is a not-for-profit 501 (C)(3) organization built by military veteran entrepreneurs to empower other military veterans as leaders in innovation. It provides educational programming, access to resources, and a thriving local network to help military veterans and their spouses start and grow businesses.
The informative, interactive fireside chat was moderated by Dave Menzies, president of Innovative Public Relations, Inc., a PR coach, consultant, and trainer who mentors startups in the greater Wilmington area. The event was coordinated by Susan Bales, a strategic planning consultant with a plethora of experience in the defense business sector.
The forum, held at Fayetteville Technical Community College’s Center for Business & Industry, was one of many NCDBA outreach programs throughout the state. The organization is comprised of a vast networking group of defense contractors, private businesses, Chambers, Economic Developers, municipalities, military leadership, Universities, and Community Colleges that is reaching across the state to provide a networking opportunity that promotes doing business in North Carolina.
The Women In Defense forums are chaired by Dr. Freda Porter, Tribal Administrator for the Lumbee Tribe of N.C.
More information about the NCDBA is available online at www.ncdba.com.
Details on Bunker Labs North Carolina can be found online at www.bunkerlabsrdu.org.
The North Carolina Defense Business Association (NCDBA) provides information, connections, and networking opportunities to build relationships and promote defense related business within the state of North Carolina. The Association is comprised of a group of businesses with interests in military contracting, government affairs and supporting the state’s military installations. Members participate in workshops, business to business breakfast meeting, and other valuable educational and networking opportunities throughout the year. For more information please visit www.ncdba.com.