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Snellville to hold symposium to help small business owners

SNELLVILLE — In one local city, officials are working to help small business owners. After all, it was an entrepreneur that started the community.

“Snellville was built on the backs of entrepreneurs,” the city’s economice development director Eric Van Otteren wrote in a press release about an upcoming symposium.

Van Otteren pointed out that the city’s first entrepreneur was Thomas Snell, a founder and namesake of the town, who opened a general store at the corner of U.S. Highway 78 and Ga. Highway 124.

“We are walking the walk and making an investment in entrepreneurs young and not so young,” Mayor Jerry Oberholtzer said, inviting local business owners to participate in the community event.

The Entrepreneur Education May Symposium is scheduled for 8 a.m. to noon May 20 in South Gwinnett High School’s auditorium.

Presented by Entrepreneur Advisors and the Atlanta Business Chronicle as well as the city, the event is a simulcast, including speakers Gov. John Brown of Kentucky and international publicist Starr Hall.