The NC Rural Economic Summit aims to build powerful networks of passionate, engaged, innovative business leaders in rural North Carolina willing to share ideas and resources and take action to strengthen their small communities across the state. It will consist of a two-day conference focused on addressing the challenges, opportunities and collaboration of businesses and business supporters in rural North Carolina. Business North Carolina’s annual Trailblazers award winners will be honored at a gala and programming will include
track sessions covering important topics to rural NC businesses including: Entrepreneurship/Small Business Healthcare, Education/Workforce, and Broadband/Tech.

Payment Method: Payment is due at the time of registration. Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis; we accept Visa, Mastercard, and Discover credit cards.

To Pay by Check: Checks are accepted, registration will be confirmed and processed when the check is received; all checks must be received 10 days prior to the start of the conference.  You will receive a confirmation email when your payment is received.

Instructions: Create an account online on the conference registration site, when you mail your check payment, include the name(s) of the participants who will be registered with your check payment, we will register the participants who have created their accounts and provide a confirmation.  You may create a Group account if you plan to register more than one person.

Please mail the check to:

East Carolina University

Continuing and Professional Education, Attention: Lauryn Pittman, Rural Economic Summit

300 East 1st Street 

Mail Stop 310

Greenville, NC 27858

Contact ECU for Registration Questions and Payments
Monday- Friday, 9:00 am–5:00 pm
Phone: 252-328-9198

Contact Business North Carolina for Sponsorship and Event Questions: Norwood Teague,

Photography: Please note that photos will be taken during this conference and may be used for promotional material for this and/or future related events, without limitation, reservation, or compensation. This includes group and candid photos taken during workshops, presentations, and other conference events.  Participants who do not wish to be photographed should kindly excuse themselves from group photos.

Registration Confirmation: When you register and pay you will receive a confirmation and event reminder email from

Cancellation & Refund Policy: If a participant is unable to attend the conference, they may request a refund. The deadline for cancelling a registration is 10 business days prior to the Summit start date. If the Office of Continuing and Professional Education receives notification by email at or by mail before the deadline, it will: refund the course fees (minus $50.00 administrative fee). Requests received after the deadline are not eligible for refunds.

The deadline for cancelling a conference registration is September 17, 2024. Refunds will not be provided after the September 17, 2024 deadline.

Sponsorships are non-refundable.

Substitutions, Refund & Cancellation Policy: If you are unable to participate in the conference and you would like to provide a substitute attendee, we are able to complete a registration substitution prior to the event or onsite (1:1 substitution). We do not allow transferring partial registrations (swapping different people within one registration). Please email with the new participant’s full name and address, registration details for the original participant and daytime phone number.




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