Sampson Community College’s Amanda Bradshaw has been wearing multiple hats since March, when she began serving as the dean of Workforce Development and Continuing Education after the retirement of Ann Butler.
Bradshaw’s previous role as Small Business Center director has been vacant for the last five months, but has now been given to Bart Rice, lead instructor of the ACE Program, the college announced Wednesday.
“He has done a remarkable job in leading the ACE team towards growth and transition as the program has seen changes in recent years due to changed legislation,” Bradshaw said about Rice. “He will be an asset to this new position with the skills and character he brings to the table.”
Rice hit the ground running after the announcement was made Wednesday, as he and Bradshaw have immediately began meeting with small business owners from around the county to further extend the already great working relationship that has been established between the two entities.
“As I work to guide him through this new journey in the coming weeks, we will be hitting the ground running as we begin to meet small business owners around the county that already have a great working relationship with the Small Business Center,” Bradshaw added.
According to Bradshaw, Rice will begin preparing for the fall seminars sponsored by the business center. Those will begin in September. Additionally, Rice will be working closely with the Town of Roseboro, who just announced their partnership with the North Carolina Rural Center’s small business recovery program.
The Small Business Center, established in 1991, provides high quality and content driven how-to seminars that meet the needs of the new business owner and the existing business owner. In addition, the Bradshaw said the center provides one-on-one confidential counseling. Once a business develops a marketing and business plan, the Rice will work with the owners, reviewing those plans, and providing guidance and advice for strategic decisions.
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