Spring Power of Possibilities 3.0 Summit Ready to Bloom

The team at the Garrett College Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation is putting the final touches on the Spring Power of Possibilities (POP) summit scheduled for April 28, 2017 at the College’s main campus in McHenry. The theme of the summit is “Creating and Growing Local Opportunities” and, as in past years, there will be a variety of speakers providing insight, information and action relative to growing and sustaining a successful business, attaining individual and collective career- and life- potential and building our rural community through small business formation, growth and employment.

The summit is part of the Power of Possibilities series of events and initiatives that have engaged over 1,200 local individuals since the fall of 2014. Individuals ranging from entrepreneurs, want-to-be entrepreneurs, business leaders and those that support business formation and success in the region will find a variety of content designed to drive success, build practical, actionable knowledge and provide “food-for-thought” as they consider the possibilities for individual and community success. “This conference is perfect for those individuals looking to enhance their knowledge, competencies, role and engagement relative to small business formation, success, enablement, and support in our community’s success,” stated Sarah Myers, co-director of POP.

Planned presenters include a member of [Under Armour brand founder] Kevin Plank’s leadership team at Sagamore Ventures in Baltimore, as well as experts in product innovation and effective website design and management. Sessions will also provide insight into the importance of and best practices relative to small business formation and enablement in communities such as ours. Local presenters Dorothy Walters and Kendall Ludwig will also be sharing their “stories” and expertise with the audience.

The day is very much a community celebration of small business, entrepreneurship, and the power of individuals to influence and optimize their own lives. The day will also feature the third annual POP Business Plan Competition awards luncheon. The luncheon will highlight the ideas and plans of local entrepreneurs that have participated in the business plan competition, with this year’s winners being announced and celebrated. “With dozens of competitors to-date, the competition has helped numerous individuals realize their dreams and start a business. We estimate that over a dozen new businesses have been formed by POP competitors, with a few already going international and a number hiring local individuals,” stated Mike Tumbarello, co-director of POP and Director of the Garrett College Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation.

One new addition to this year’s summit will be an action-oriented, “virtual development” session where summit attendees will self-select, break into groups and consider and build a start-up plan for one of a few local business opportunities. Each group will be led by a facilitator, with the goal of generating interest in and action towards a potential new business in the county.

Registration is currently open for the summit. The price of registration ($69 until April 7; $79 through April 28) includes breakfast, lunch, access to all sessions and additional material including business books.

Individuals can learn more and register online at www.4ruralsuccess.com or by calling the Garrett College Continuing Education and Workforce Development registration desk at 301-387-3069. Those seeking more information can reach out to Tumbarello at

301-387-3167 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Myers at 301-387-3771 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
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