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FAYETTEVILLE, NC – April 3, 2017 – Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC) announced today that the ribbon-cutting and opening of the new Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) is scheduled for Thursday, April 6, 2017, at 4 p.m.  The Center is located on the Fayetteville campus in the General Classroom Building at 2817 Fort Bragg Road, Room 205.

The CIE is a partnership with Bunker Labs RDU and EntreDot and will share space with the FTCC Small Business Center (SBC).  The CIE will function as an instruction and co-working hub for start-up businesses participating in CIE and SBC programs and workshops.

Brad Lienhart, Director of the FTCC CIE, stated, “The CIE will provide its business startup and growth strategy services to active military in transition, veterans, their spouses, FTCC students, and the general public using the EntreDot tried-and-proven SIX STEPS TO SUCCESS Process.  CIE will focus on early stage Main Street businesses, bringing business startup process strategies and trade education together.”  EntreDot has used this formula to help start and grow over 450 Main Street businesses in the Triangle over the last five years.

FTCC will start its first 10-week SIX STEPS TO SUCCESS program on April 10.   Registration is available through the Corporate and Continuing Education area of the FTCC website at  Cindy Burns, FTCC Dean of Business Programs, said, “People in many fields including culinary, early childhood, automotive, cosmetology, and building trades want to start their own businesses and are looking for practical and experienced guidance on how to do that—taking some of the fear and risk out of the startup proposition.  The combined CIE and SBC centers will provide that level of support.”

For more information, Brad Lienhart can be reached at 919.522.0722 or  Additional information can be found for EntreDot at and Bunker Labs RDU at

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