Most of my life I have lived in Greenville. We are all so proud of the Upstate and its entrepreneurial spirit. Bob Hughes says folks in Greenville help each other. That's true. But, like Magellan, I feel I've found a new land that has been hidden from our minds. It's about an hour away. In fact Greenville and Asheville are separated by one of the prettiest drives in all of America. My partner Steve Mudge began the expedition about 3 years ago. He went looking for opportunity. We have found that the same positive attitudes and powerful economy is definitely happening in Western Carolina. Serrus is committed and wants to commit more in Asheville.
The second part of our interstate story is the leadership of some special people. Ken Flynt and Louis Buck are two of the nicest big time business people I've ever met. They started selling me on the power of Western Carolina University's entrepreneurial business school. The Dean is Darrell Parker. He's like a movie character playing the role of a great leader. His aggressive attack attitude is mind blowing. Then throw in an all-star board with leadership from folks like Ed Wright, David Lilly and a superstar woman named Wendy Banks.
They came down to Greenville and met with us about our Successful Entrepreneurship program . This year we will surpass 400 students going through the program. Just today, I read a thank you from a founder of a new company in Greenville who gives credit to the program. The Western Carolina University team, with Serrus Capital Partners, is expanding the opportunity to the Biltmore Park location of Western Carolina. Half of the speakers will be from Greenville and half from the Asheville area. Think some business relationships will start? The slang answer of today is , " You think?".
Please take a look at this link for more information about getting into the program in Asheville.