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Thousands look to business seminar for encouragement

Posted September 8, 2010 3:25 p.m. EDT

— About 18,000 people packed the RBC Center Wednesday hoping to get motivated about doing business in a down economy.

The "Get Motivated Business Seminar" featured motivational speaker Zig Ziglar, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Steve Forbes, president and chief executive of Forbes Inc.

James Fawole, a recent college graduate, said that he wanted to learn some ideas on how to start a used-car business.

"It's kind of hard getting out and getting a job, so entrepreneurship is the only way for me," Fawole said. He aimed to "meet good people, get some information I can take back and apply every day."

Seminar participant Nancy Call said that type of encouragement is needed as people struggle in a tough business climate.

"It does seem like things are not improving. It's definitely time to get motivated," Call said.

Attendees said they got some good lessons about staying positive, and they want to spread that message.

Seminar participant Marie Brock said that many members of her Greenville church are out of work.

"I hope that I can take something back to my church and help them stay encouraged. You have to be encouraged," Brock said.

Attendee Robbie Craft said that he came away from the seminar with a better attitude.

"Times are tough now, but it's going to get better," Craft said. "Keep your head high, look toward the future, and things will be great."