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The Southern Pines Public Library will celebrate 24 years at its Connecticut Avenue location in downtown Southern Pines with a special program, Beyond Brick and Mortar: A Roundtable Discussion with Southern Pines Entrepreneurs, on Tuesday, Sept. 10.

Throughout its history, Southern Pines has welcomed entrepreneurs into our town, understanding the crucial role of these creative, enthusiastic, civic-minded individuals to the health of our community. And today futurists predict that fully 50 percent of the American workforce will be self-employed within 10 years.

“We are excited to host Tony Cross of Reverie Cocktails, Ann McKinnon of Rise and Pine Bread, Birtha Shaw of Totally Committed Diabetic Supply, Amy McNeill of The Cheerful Squirrel, and Chris Thomas of Blendz Barber Shop,” said Librarian Mary Howard. “These local entrepreneurs will reveal their unique perspectives on starting their own businesses. They will discuss the challenges and triumphs they have faced, as well as how their relationships in the community helped build their businesses.”

Friends of the Library will serve refreshments starting at 4:30 p.m. and the Roundtable will begin at 5:30 p.m., with an audience Q&A to close out the event.

This event kicks off the Southern Pines Public Library’s programming theme for the year: “Dream It, Achieve It: Envisioning the Future at Your Library” providing inspiration for those looking to jumpstart their goals.

The occasion will also launch the Library’s partnership with NC IDEA. A grant from this private foundation will allow the Library to pilot an Entrepreneurial Learning Center.

“NC IDEA has a bold ambition to educate 100,000 North Carolinians with an entrepreneurial mindset,” said John Austin, senior director. “Entrepreneurial thinkers solve complex social, political and economic problems; improve existing products; invent new products; advance our understanding of the world; and improve the overall quality of our lives.”

More information about this new opportunity will be announced during the Beyond Brick and Mortar roundtable discussion on Sept 10.

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