The Nevada Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (NCET), a nonprofit that produces business and technology events, has reached 500 members less than five years after it became a member-supported organization.
Janice King of I-Techbooks was recognized this week as the 500th member of the fast-growing NCET.
“With 500 active members, NCET is among the largest membership organizations in Northern Nevada,” said Dave Archer, its president and chief executive officer. “NCET’s rapid growth is a tribute to the value its members have found in its portfolio of events.
NCET, which focuses on programs that provide information to small businesses and entrepreneurs, launched its membership program in September 2010 after it lost the federal funding that once was the basis of its support.
Membership, which ranges from $50 to $1,000 a year, supports a schedule of 42 events, ranging from monthly programs that typically draw 100 attendees to annual events that draw hundreds of participants.
Among the pioneering members who signed up in October 2010 are Marti Benjamin of Business Energetix Success Coaching and Matthew Booher of WIS:DOM Information Systems, Inc. Both remain active in the group.
“Much of the recent success of NCET is the result of the work of our 35-member board,” Archer said. “Each of those board members has a specific, working responsibility that ensures the details of the complex organization run smoothly.”
NCET’s events include:
- Tech Bite, monthly lunch-and-learn sessions that help business owners and managers learn about technologies that will help them grow their business.
- Tech Wednesday, a monthly visit to an innovative company that’s using technology in new ways.
- Jelly, a monthly drop-in event that provides opportunities for co-working and networking over coffee.
- The NCET Small Business Expo, an annual day-long event held each fall that provides networking opportunities and allows entrepreneurs and small business owners to discover everything they need to start or grow a business
- NCET Tech Awards, an annual celebration of Northern Nevada’s technology innovations.
The group’s website, ncet.org, also provides information about resources that help entrepreneurs launch companies in Northern Nevada.