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Iron Hen founder to discuss entrepreneurial journey

Posted on Tuesday, January 15th, 2013 by Research under Spotlights
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Iron Hen Cafe and Fresh Local Good Food Group photographed on August 7, 2011.

Iron Hen Cafe and Fresh Local Good Food Group

Lee Comer, founder of the Greensboro restaurant Iron Hen Café and the catering company Fresh.Local.Good., will share her company’s story at the North Carolina Entrepreneurship Center’s monthly Entrepreneurial Journeys program Wednesday, Jan. 23.

The 5:30 p.m. event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Room 1214 of the Moore Humanities and Research Administration Building, 1111 Spring Garden St., on the UNCG campus. Due to limited seating, attendees are asked to RSVP to ncec@uncg.edu. Check-in will begin at 5 p.m.

Comer is a native North Carolinian, born and raised in Asheboro, and a 1997 graduate of UNC Chapel Hill. She developed a passion for hospitality while working in local restaurants and cafes during her high school and college years. In 1998, she started her first company in Atlanta, Ga., and spent the next 11 years fine-tuning her business and entrepreneurial skills.

With the desire to get back to her roots, she moved to High Point in 2008 and immediately started laying the plan for her lifelong dream of becoming a successful restaurateur. In January 2010, she opened the Iron Hen and the catering company.

A passion for locally sourced goods has led to Comer’s involvement in events such as the Community Table Dinner to bring awareness for what it means to support local producers.

The program will begin with registration and networking from 5-5:30 p.m., followed by a 45-minute program, with a Q&A session and a networking reception afterward. Free parking is available near the venue on Forest or Oakland streets or behind the Weatherspoon Art Museum. Paid parking also is available nearby.

Entrepreneurial Journeys provides monthly informal, interactive opportunities for community members and students to hear first-hand how businesses are created. Previous speakers have included Kayne Fisher and Chris Lester, founders of Natty Greene’s Brewing Company; Angie Besecker, owner of Eco Dwelling; David Caudle, partner with Frogman Interactive; Dennis Quaintance, CEO and chief design officer at Quaintance-Weaver Hotels and Restaurants; Chris Laney, president of Zenergy Technologies, Lenna Hobson, co-owner of RagApple Lassie Vineyards; Robin Davis, founder of Mack and Mack clothing; and Roland Johnson, founder of Piedmont Pharmaceuticals.

For more information on NCEC programs, visit entrepreneur.uncg.edu or call 336-256-8649.

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