HPU Hosts Port Southern Clothing Company At Gathering Of Entrepreneurs

Posted on December 9, 2009.

HIGH POINT, N.C., Dec. 9, 2009 ? High Point University students Steven Beck, Nick Ruden and Jeremy Hiatt recently presented their new clothing company, Port Southern, to a crowd of business entrepreneurs in the Earl N. Phillips School of Business.

The event ? a “Gathering of Entrepreneurs” ? was held to assemble local business leaders from High Point and the surrounding area to hear about the state of the nation’s economy, as well as to learn more about the new clothing line.

Dr. Stephanie Crofton, associate dean of the Earl N. Phillips School of Business, gave an economist’s perspective on the nation?s economic recovery and discussed what the future may hold for small businesses.

Port Southern partners discussed the company’s goals and strategies. They also spoke about HPU’s Entrepreneurship Endowment Fund, which will help future HPU students to launch their businesses.

“We are proud to be the first of hopefully many businesses that come out of High Point University,” says Steven Beck, one of the founding partners. ?Based from our experience, this endowment fund will be very beneficial for future students to get their businesses off the ground.”

Products offered by the company, which held its grand opening on Nov. 10, are available at Lindsay Odom Limited in Greensboro and Norman Stockton INC in Winston-Salem.

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