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May 2, 2019

Guest Speaker, SPCC Certificate Graduation

6:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.

Battle Center, Wingate University, Wingate, NC

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May 2, 2019

Guest Speaker, SPCC Certificate Graduation

John is honored to offer remarks at the Certificate Graduation for South Piedmont Community College, even if it means he will probably have to wear a graduation cap and gown.

6:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.

Battle Center, Wingate University, Wingate, NC

May 6, 2019

Is Co-Working Right For You?

6:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.

REV Uptown Boardroom, 114 West Wade Street, Wadesboro, NC

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May 6, 2019

Is Co-Working Right For You?

Join John for free coffee, snacks and a discussion of co-working and how co-working spaces are revolutionizing business. 

6:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.

REV Uptown Boardroom, 114 West Wade Street, Wadesboro, NC

May 14, 2019

Guest Speaker, Anson Women's League Luncheon

Noon - 1:00 P.M.

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May 14, 2019

Guest Speaker, Anson Women's League Luncheon

John will be speaking to members of the Anson County Women's League regarding recent developments in economic development.

Noon - 1:00 P.M.

May 15, 2019

Financing with Thread Capital and Local Grants

6:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.

REV Uptown Boardroom, 114 West Wade Street, Wadesboro, NC

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May 15, 2019

Financing with Thread Capital and Local Grants

Finance your startup or emerging growth business with a low-cost loan from the NC Rural Center's Thread Capital program, and leverage that loan with an AEDC Bootstrap or Enterprise grant.

6:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.

REV Uptown Boardroom, 114 West Wade Street, Wadesboro, NC

July 10, 2019

Ocean of Storms Hardcover/E-Book Launch

6:00 P.M.-7:00 P.M.

Ida Rupp Public Library, 310 Madison Street, Port Clinton, OH

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July 10, 2019

Ocean of Storms Hardcover/E-Book Launch

Join John as he releases his new book, a literary triptych featuring three separate but related stories: "The Age of Rockets" tells the mysterious story of the Fourth of July storm of 1969; "Moonnight Laika" offers a different perspective on the first manned lunar mission; and "The Wreck" brings the story full-circle as a fisherman happens upon an ominous discovery. 

6:00 P.M.-7:00 P.M.

Ida Rupp Public Library, 310 Madison Street, Port Clinton, OH

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Speaking Topics

Square Foot Gardening

 One-hour seminar-style program teaches the basics of the Square Foot Gardening method pioneered by Mel Bartholomew. Learn how to grow more in less space, using less water and with less work.

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The program is FREE. John does request mileage reimbursement for programs presented outside of the Charlotte region. 

Book Reading/Signing

Flexible-duration program with John Marek reading excerpts from his latest book, Ben and the Art of Lawnmower Maintenance, offering humorous anecdotes about his writing process and taking audience questions.

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The program is FREE. John does request mileage reimbursement for programs presented outside of the Charlotte region.

Rural Economic Vibrancy: Redefining Rural for a 21st Century Economy

Half-hour presentation demonstrates how rural communities can spark innovation and promote business start-ups through a variety of creative methods and explores strategies for funding and promoting entrepreneurship and small business. A longer-form presentation is also available and can be customized to community needs.   

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The program is FREE. John does request mileage reimbursement for programs presented outside of the Charlotte region.

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