Under 30 Takeover! featuring Michael Boyer

Michael Boyer, founder and managing attorney at Carolina Craft Legal, a Greensboro based small business and administrative law practice focused on North Carolina alcoholic beverage law and innovative legal solutions for the creative class of local startups and entrepreneurs.

I practice business and administrative law. Most of my clients are entrepreneurs, whether directly involved with the alcoholic beverage industry or driven by the same principles of localism and sustainability.

No matter the business, my clients look for an attorney that can keep their business nimble. That means my legal services are not only practical and convenient, but innovative and community-minded. I navigate the legal box so they may do what they do best.

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Ryan Pratt

Ryan Pratt – Founder and CEO of Guerilla RF

Ryan Pratt (Founder and CEO of Guerrilla RF) did not begin his career with the intent of creating his own business. After graduating from North Carolina State University in 2000 with a degree in Electrical Engineering, Ryan took a position at his father’s company, RF Micro Devices. Throughout the next eight years at the company, Ryan worked hard and moved his way up into the management team. However, in 2008, Ryan decided it was time for a change, and left RFMD to work for Skyworks, one of their competitors. In his new role, Ryan was given the opportunity to create and start a design center within the company, an experience he referred to as “a startup experience within a corporate umbrella”. Unfortunately, that experience ended in 2013 when he was laid off from the company.

The year that began with his lay off quickly turned into the year that Ryan created Guerrilla RF. Guerrilla RF is another semiconductor company, and their focus is on the infrastructure side (think of the big cell towers you see when you’re driving down the highway). They enable these infrastructure devices to cover a larger area, which means less towers covering more area. Their funding began with winning the NC IDEA grant, which Ryan said was the “make or break point for our company”.  With the grant money they received, Guerrilla RF was able to create their first prototype, which led to over a million dollars of investment money coming to fruition within three months. Investors are an important part of Ryan’s company, and he can’t stress enough that picking who you approach is important. “You need to find people who get what you’re doing, and you’re building a relationship where they trust you. If they don’t trust you, they’re the ones who are going to try to get overly involved in the business. In his case, his investors know very little about the industry, but they are aware of Ryan’s track record and they trust him to run it.”

Kings & Queens of Comedy Creator

Business mogul, Walter Latham is often referred to as “The King of Comedy,” as he has made an indelible imprint in the evolution, creation and impact of urban comedy throughout the world. He is credited with launching the careers of several award-winning actors and comedians including, Tyler Perry, Chris Tucker, Steve Harvey, Mo’Nique, Cedric “The Entertainer,” and the late Bernie Mac.

In 2012, Latham partnered with YouTube on an urban comedy channel. The channel brings urban comedy to digital programming, 24/7, a historic milestone for urban comedy. It features content from Latham’s past productions featuring Bernie Mac, Tyler Perry, Mo’Nique and others as well as new content from Michael Blackson, Broken Equipment Productions and Tara “Miss P” Powell.

To date, Latham’s productions have grossed over $200 million worldwide.

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Check-in and networking 5:00-5:30

Speaker 5:30-7:00 with Q & A

Free Food and Easy Parking

NCEC ANNOUNCES SPRING EVENTS

1/20 – Entrepreneurial Journeys ft. Tiffany Reynolds – Wednesday 1/20 @ 5pm at HQ Greensboro
1/31 – Applications due for UNCG Entrepreneur of the Year – Sunday 1/31
1/31 – Applications due for Forge Makership – Sunday 1/31
2/5-2/7 – GSOHacks Hackathon – Friday-Sunday 2/5-2/7 @ 4pm at GreenHill
2/17 – Entrepreneurial Journeys ft. David Congdon – Wednesday 2/17 @ 5pm at HQ Greensboro
3/3 – ExportUniversity 101 – Thursday 3/3 @ 8am at UNCG EUC
3/22 – UNCG Entrepreneur Day – Tuesday 3/22 at UNCG
3/22 – UNCG Entrepreneur of the Year Award Luncheon – Tuesday 3/22 @ 12pm at UNCG Alumni House
3/23 – Entrepreneurial Journeys ft. Zim Ugochukwu – Wednesday 3/23 @ 5pm at HQ Greensboro
3/31 – Applications due for ThinkHouseU – Thursday 3/31
4/2 – ArtsRevolution – Saturday 4/2 @ 8am at Revolution Mill
4/20 – Entrepreneurial Journeys ft. Walter Latham – Wednesday 4/20 @ 5pm at HQ Greensboro
5/19 – ExportUniversity 201 – Thursday 5/19 @ 8am at UNCG EUC

Entrepreneurial Journeys

Doug Young has an impressive résumé as the founder and CEO of 12 technology companies, and has been involved in the strategic acquisition of 14 companies for certain portfolio companies. Some of the companies Young has been involved with include MCI Telecommunications, US West/Time Warner, Landmark Communications and 3M Corporation. Currently at Strategic Advisory Group, of which he is a co-founder and serves as president, Young provides corporations, entrepreneurs, professionals and non-profit organizations with senior-level strategic guidance and coaching.

Learn more at http://startup.uncg.edu/entrepreneurial-journeys-speaker-series/

Free Cyber Security Conference

The NCEC is proud to be a resource partner for the Cyber Security for Small Business Conference to be held on October 31 in the Elliott University Center’s Cone Ballroom at UNCG. This conference is presented free of charge for local small businesses by Sam’s Club and SCORE in association with the Small Business Administration (SBA), and the Greensboro Partnership. This informative program will begin at 8:00 am with networking and a continental breakfast. Sessions on how to protect your business from cyber threats and crime from leading experts such as the NC Attorney General’s Office, the FBI, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., Secure Designs, Inc., UNCG’s Dept. of Computer Science, and Tech Triad will continue through the day and conclude with a Panel discussion.  Lunch and parking at UNCG are also included.

More information can be found in the downloadable pdf here and at the Greensboro SCORE website

Click here  to register.