From financing to marketing and crisis management, topics at an Aug. 15 downtown Nacogdoches event will address a variety of challenges faced by entrepreneurs.

Funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, the Governor’s Small Business Forum takes place from 8 a.m. to noon Aug. 15 at the Fredonia Hotel and Convention Center.

“This should be a great event to bring state resources to Nacogdoches County and to offer those experts from across the state to our local entrepreneurs so they can learn,” Nacogdoches Economic Development Corporation president Larissa Philpot said. “And we get to set the topics for that. We get to tell them what’s important to Nacogdoches.”

The presentation will kick off with keynote speaker Carter Sterling, CEO of Lufkin-based Sterling Site Access Solutions. Planned breakout sessions will deal with a variety of challenges, including cybersecurity, financing, marketing resources and succession planning.

Registration is $20 per person, and the event is 8 a.m. to noon at the Fredonia Hotel and Convention Center. For information or to register, visit

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