ASHEBORO (Sept. 2, 2020)
Quinton Louris has joined Randolph Community College as the new Small Business Center Director. He is responsible for organizing, implementing, and administering the Small Business Center program, which provides free seminars, small business counseling, and links to resources for local entrepreneurs.
|Quinton Louris has been named the Small Business Center Director at Randolph Community College.|
Louris said his goals for the SBC are to be successful and operate with a vision to foster and support entrepreneurship, small business, and economic development in Randolph County, emphasizing assisting start-ups, early stage, and at-risk enterprises by providing the necessary resources to help them be successful. He hopes to provide top-notch subject matter experts to help the SBC participants, and be innovative and creative.
Recently RCC President Dr. Robert S. Shackleford Jr. discussed his initiatives for the upcoming school year, which fall into five areas identified as the core values of the College. Under Community, the initiative is to be a front-and-center change agent to help Randolph County rebound from the economic and workforce devastation caused by the coronavirus pandemic, including employing its Small Business Center’s resources to aid small businesses in their recovery efforts.
“It has been rewarding as I learn the roles and responsibilities of the SBC Director position,” Louris said. “I’ve been fortunate to work with an outstanding group of Workforce Development Director, led by [Vice President] Elbert Lassiter. I strongly believe in building great relationships and partnerships within the community and Workforce Development sectors. The Small Business Center Network Team across the state has welcomed me with open arms. The State Director, Anne Shaw, and SBCN Chair, Mark Hagenbuch, have been very resourceful to me by answering numerous questions.
“I have a strong desire to represent RCC by helping small businesses and future entrepreneurs navigate the pandemic landscape. These are truly challenging times but the old cliché, ‘this too, shall pass’ reigns prominent in my thoughts and approach to my new position.”
Lassiter mapped out RCC’s plans in providing sustainable business strategies during COVID-19:
• The SBC provides confidential counseling services and access to resource libraries free of charge. They help plan new business ventures or expand on an existing one.
• The SBC is very involved in the local community. They give a roadmap on how to contact government agencies within the county for requirements regarding permits, licenses, and local ordinances. Their goal is to make starting a business as easy of a process as possible.
• As a result of the pandemic, each SBC has been given Pandemic Relief Funding to provide extra counseling services to help local small businesses that have been affected by COVID.
• The RCC SBC is also offering seminars to help small businesses in many areas of their operation and growth. Some examples of seminars are: Building Relationships Virtually, Improving Your Online Presence, and Building Customer Relationships During Downtime.
“Quinton’s background in Workforce Development and connections with our business community has enabled him to make an immediate impact with our small business owners,” Lassiter added.
A Southwestern Randolph High School graduate, Louris earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a specialization in Entrepreneurship and his master’s in Business Administration with a specialization in Human Resource Management from American InterContinental University. Before RCC, he was the Business Engagement Coordinator for Regional Consolidated Services.
He is a board member on the Village of Barnabas Mentorship Group, and a board member of the Randolph Boys & Girls Club, the East Side Improvement Association, and the Asheboro/Randolph Chamber of Commerce. He is an advisory committee and professional development committee member of Apprenticeship Randolph, and a musician at Vision of Unity Ministries.
Louris lives in Randleman with his wife, Sherry. The two have four children, including Isaiah, who is studying Automotive Technology at RCC.