Tickets are still available for those wishing to attend the G60 networking event and competitive pitch contest at the Lake Point Conference Center in Russellville on Thursday. The event is known as G60, which is short for Gone in 60 Seconds. Thursday's competition will be the first such event in the River Valley. Similar competitions have occurred in Little Rock, Fayetteville, Conway, Jonesboro and El Dorado. Hosted by the Arkansas Tech University College of Business and the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center, the event begins at 5:30 p.m., and competition will start at 6:30 p.m.
During the competition, each entrepreneur has 60 seconds to explain a verbal presentation of his or her business plan to a panel of experts. Following the presentations, the judging panel will select its favorite idea, and audience members will also select a favorite. Each winner will receive $1000.
Dr. Ed Bashaw, dean of the Arkansas Tech College of Business, says the program's success is due in part to the large level of community support.
“We are most grateful to our sponsors, without whom we could not bring an event of this caliber to our community,” said Bashaw.The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center will serve as presenting sponsor for the G60 event at Lake Point Conference Center. Bank sponsors are Arvest, Bank of the Ozarks, Chambers Bank, First State Bank of Russellville, Regions Bank and Simmons First National Bank. Innovate Arkansas, Arkansas Capital Corporation and The Riggins Group are event sponsors. Admission is free but those wishing to attend must register in advance at www.russellvilleg60.eventbrite.com.]]>