The NC Product Design and
Prototyping Co-Op, a project of the RTP Product Development Guild, is
continuing its popular lunch and learn series with an event hosted at
Fidelity Bank in Cary on Wednesday, October 28, from 12-1:30 p.m.
lunch and learn events are one of several educational and business
networking opportunities presented by the Co-Op in an effort to promote
regional entrepreneurship and, specifically, growth in the engineering
and manufacturing sectors.
"Fortune Small Business Magazine
just ranked the greater Raleigh area third in the nation for small
business growth, something we've been focusing our efforts on with
Co-Op and Guild events and outreach," Montie Roland, a founding member
of the Co-Op, said. According to Roland, he is seeing increasing
interest in small business vendors servicing engineering and
manufacturing clients from queries the Guild and Co-Op are receiving
from outreach vehicles like a recent Product Design Street Faire in
Morrisville and a free service directory the Co-Op publishes.
about Raleigh ranking third for small business growth doesn't surprise
me," Roland said, adding, "It's valid notoriety that our region can
definitely build on."
Co-Op lunch and learns held so far in
2009 have attracted between 35 and 50 attendees per event from many
interconnected industries, mostly representing small-to-mid-sized
businesses. Each event provides an educational presentation, along with
opportunities for attendees to share leads, resources, and
"Fidelity Bank is 'Right By You' --
this is not just our motto, it's what we do and where we are for our
customers. We work side by side with our customers to help our
community grow," said Scott Mackey, vice president and business
development officer for Fidelity Bank.
Founded in 1909,
Fidelity Bank is a full-service financial institution with
approximately $1.4 billion in assets and headquartered in
Fuquay-Varina. The Bank owns and operates 69 branches in 26 counties
throughout North Carolina and Virginia, and was recently rated five
stars (a superior rating or the highest rating possible) by
BauerFinancial, Inc., an independent ratings company that analyzes
banks and credit unions.
To register to attend the October 28
event or download a copy of the Co-Op service directory, visit the NC
Product Design and Prototyping Co-Op page at www.rtpproductguild.com.
About the NC Design & Prototyping Co-Op
NC Design & Prototyping Co-Op is a professional network of service
providers driving economic growth in North Carolina's technology and
manufacturing communities. The Co-Op membership reflects a wide
spectrum of expert practitioners involved in the conceptualization,
design, development, production and marketing of innovative products
and technologies for multiple industries in the U.S. and overseas. For
more information, visit www.rtpproductguild.com or email Montie Roland at firstname.lastname@example.org