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CEO of BB&T to Open UWG Lecture Series

CARROLLTON, GA -- John Allison, CEO of BB&T Corp., will be the inaugural guest speaker at the BB&T Lectures in Free Enterprise Series, a program established by the bank and the University of West Georgia's Richards College of Business.

Allison's lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be in the UWG Coliseum on Sept. 28 at 6:30 p.m. There will be an invitation-only reception at 5:30 p.m. that is open to the media and at which Allison will be available for interviews.

A donation by BB&T, the largest in the history of the Richards College, helped create the lecture series and the Center for Ethics and Free Enterprise, which fosters a comprehensive and ongoing discussion of the foundations of capitalism and free enterprise.

"BB&T has been and continues to be a wonderful benefactor and friend to the university," said Dr. Beheruz N. Sethna, president of UWG.

West Georgia RISEs to the Occasion

CARROLLTON, GA -- The University of West Georgia, along with the Carroll County Economic Development Foundation and the UWG Small Business Development Center, is creating the Resource for Innovation, Small business and Entrepreneurship (RISE) program.

The RISE program will create an online "incubator village" to assist entrepreneurs in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson, Heard and Polk Counties. The goal of the program is to offer counseling, resource information exchange, distance learning opportunities and other information for local business owners on the program's website.

RISE will host three small business forums throughout the year, as well as provide online training. An estimated 2,500 small businesses in the West Georgia region will benefit from the RISE program's virtual village.

A celebration of the official announcement of the RISE program will take place at an Entrepreneur Excellence Banquet on Sept. 13 at 6:00 p.m.