CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA — The Community Investment Collaborative’s (CIC) mission is to strengthen our community and contribute to economic development by fueling the success of under-resourced entrepreneurs through education, mentoring, micro-lending and networking. CIC will be hosting its fifth Resource Fair at CitySpace on Wednesday, November 16th from 12pm to 4pm. The Resource Fair will offer local entrepreneurs free individual consultations with attorneys, accountants, insurance agents, and marketing professionals.

“Business owners, especially in the beginning stages, often avoid getting good advice from professionals because it can be expensive,” says Stephen Davis, CIC President. “CIC is excited to offer an opportunity to meet with these professionals free of charge to help entrepreneurs get the advice they need to grow their businesses.”

Amanda Welch, CIC alum and owner of Grubby Girl, is interested in attending CIC’s Resource Fair because it “Gets some longstanding questions answered about legal issues pertaining to my business.” CIC’s Resource Fair gives people access to support from business service providers in the Charlottesville community.

Deborah Andersen, an entrepreneur currently participating in CIC’s Entrepreneur Workshop claimed that “I am excited to attend the Resource Fair because it will allow me to access professional guidance in so many areas of business that otherwise would take many weeks and a considerable cost to attain. I now realize how much of the startup process is all about having good information to make smart decisions about your business from the very beginning, before you build your business’s foundation on faulty assumptions or incomplete information.”

The event is free and open to the public by appointment. For more information, contact Waverly Davis, [email protected] or 434-227-5657.

For additional event information:

CONTACT: Waverly Davis, [email protected] or 434-227-5657

WHAT: CIC Resource Fair

WHERE: CitySpace, 100 5th st NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902

WHEN: November 16th 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

WHO: Local entrepreneurs and business owners