February 19, 2007

SBTC seeks public input on the use of the historic Henry County Courthouse in Martinsville

(Monday, February 19, 2007)—The Southside Business Technology Center (SBTC) in partnership with Virginia Tech announced today that it is seeking public input to assist in the development of a strategy for potential uses, tenants, management, staff structure and funding options of the historic Henry County Courthouse.

Commissioned by the Martinsville and Henry County Historical Society, SBTC is developing a “Marketing and Re-Use Plan” for the courthouse.

A study team under the leadership of the SBTC will include additional experts and consultants from: Virginia Tech’s Office of Economic Development, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Martinsville-Henry County Chamber of Commerce, and Ware Bonsall Architects from Charlotte, N.C.

Individuals who would like to be interviewed should call Stere Mergeani of the SBTC at 638-2523, extension 325, by Monday, March 5.

The SBTC opened its Martinsville office on May 17, 2005, at the West Piedmont Business Development Center. The SBTC offers management consulting services to local and regional companies and entrepreneurs for non-profit fees. The center also offers internship opportunities to students from local and regional colleges and universities who are exposed to real business problems and enhance their strategic thinking.

Since the beginning of its establishment the SBTC has delivered valuable business plans, market research, financial analysis and product development reports and other result driven consulting projects to over 50 Southside companies and nonprofit organizations. The projects had positive, measurable impact on the companies’ bottom lines including, but not limited to: cuts in operating expenses, securing additional capital, improved operational processes, increased sales and launching of new programs.

The Historical Society was established in 1996 for the purpose of preserving and promoting the history of Martinsville and Henry County and to rehabilitate the historic Henry County Courthouse.

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