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Local, state and national business, educational and governmental leaders were on hand for the dedication and ribbon-cutting for the Barkhouser Free Enterprise Center. Fifth District Congressman Robert Hurt was among the speakers at the ceremony.

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DANVILLE, VA, May 9, 2011 – Calling it “a premier center for students and private sector employers in our region?, Danville Community College President Dr. Carlyle Ramsey, along with area governmental and legislative officials, recently dedicated the Barkhouser Free Enterprise Center on the DCC campus.

The new Center, established through a gift from businessman Richard Barkhouser and his wife, Mildred W. “Kit? Barkhouser, is located on the first floor of the Taylor Building. Ramsey said the Center will be committed to promoting the American free enterprise system throughout the DCC service region of City of Danville, Halifax County, and Pittsylvania County.

“Through the generosity of Richard and Kit Barkhouser, both successful and committed community and business leaders, Danville Community College is the recipient of an investment which the Barkhousers have made to strengthen individual liberty, free enterprise, and American capitalism. The Barkhouser Free Enterprise Center is committed to promoting the American free enterprise system throughout the College and the DCC service region (Purpose),? Ramsey says.

Fifth District Congressman Robert Hurt, who attended the ceremony, said the Barkhouser Free Enterprise Center “speaks to the deep need for jobs? and that this need cannot be met entirely by the government. He added that “most members of Congress are committed to the elimination of burdensome regulations that make it almost impossible for businesses to succeed.?

“Small businesses, the backbone of this country will prosper when left to their own devices,? Hurt said. “We all want businesses to thrive but you can’t do it without efforts like this.?

In addition to Hurt, other speakers included State Senator Roscoe Reynolds, State Senator Frank Ruff, Delegate Donald Merricks and Delegate Charles Poindexter. Delegate Danny Marshall, who was unable to attend, sent a letter which was read on his behalf.

Ramsey announced that the new Center has already sponsored its first activity – a two-day entrepreneurship conference featuring Texas businessman Jerome Love, who was named 2009 National MBA Association Entrepreneur of the Year.. Ramsey added that the conference also featured a special session for high school students who shared their ideas for business opportunities.

Goals of the Barkhouser Free Enterprise Center are to:
• Be a premiere resource center and celebrate the successes of community business leaders
• Promote DCC’s business and related programs and services as well as entrepreneurship opportunities for existing and aspiring business owners
• Plan and coordinate workshops, seminars and other special programs in concert with community partners that will assist large, medium and small businesses
• Provide technical support and assistance to enable private sector employers to be more profitable
• Offer assistance for stipends and internships for aspiring entrepreneurs
• Provide opportunities for faculty and staff professional development

For more information about the Barkhouser Free Enterprise Center at Danville Community College, call 434.797.8474, or click here.


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