Software Company Founder to Kick Off Entrepreneurship Series

Date: November 05, 2018

Brian Hamilton, founder of the Raleigh-based financial software accounting company Sageworks will launch the Entrepreneurship Speaker Series November 20 at Fayetteville State University. Presented by FSU and the Greater Fayetteville Chamber, the event will be held 2pm in Shaw Auditorium located in the Broadwell College of Business and Economics on the campus of FSU.

Brian HamiltonRegistration, which is free and open to the public, can be made online at, under events.

Hamilton co-founded Sageworks, the country's first fintech and largest provider of software to U.S. banks. He sold the company to a leading private equity firm in 2018. He is also the founder of Inmates to Entrepreneurs, a national program that helps people with criminal records start their own small businesses. Inmates to Entrepreneurs is supported by the Brian Hamilton Foundation, which provides access to entrepreneurship to people who wouldn't otherwise have it.

Hamilton holds multiple patents for his work in automating financial analysis. He is a regular guest on CNBC and Fox Business and is regularly quoted in and writes for all major national media publications. He is also a contributor to Inc. and Entrepreneur magazines. 

The first in his family to attend college, Hamilton holds an undergraduate degree from Sacred Heart University, where he served on the Board of Trustees, and an MBA from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business.

During his visit to FSU, Mr. Hamilton will outline why entrepreneurship is one of the best alternatives for building wealth and how you can do it with limited resources.

"Brian is the quintessential example of an entrepreneur," said Christine Michaels, President & CEO of the Greater Fayetteville Chamber. "We see so much potential for this area to be a launchpad for others willing to take the plunge, and we want to create the supportive environment in which to do that."

Dr. J. Lee Brown, Interim Dean for FSU's Broadwell College of Business and Economics explains the importance of entrepreneurs having the opportunity to learn like-minded business people who have achieved significant success, "Entrepreneurs and small businesses are the economic engine of any strong regional economy.  We are pleased to bring someone of Brian's acclaim and achievement in, to talk to our community about how to achieve next-level entrepreneurial success."  

The Broadwell Entrepreneurship Lecture Series provides the community the opportunity to hear and question some of the most interesting business, social, educational and governmental leaders of the day, including entrepreneurs, CEOs of major corporations, bank presidents and academic thought leaders.  Successful entrepreneurs are brought to campus to share their experiences, lessons learned, and expertise with students, faculty, and the business community.  The community will be empowered and inspired through interactive discussions with entrepreneurial thought leaders.  

The Greater Fayetteville Chamber was formed in 1899 and represents some 700 business and non-profit members in the Fayetteville/Cumberland area and beyond.

Fayetteville State University is a constituent institution of The University of North Carolina and the second-oldest public institution of higher education in the state, having been founded in 1867. FSU offers degrees at the baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral levels. With more than 6,300 students, Fayetteville State University is among the most diverse institutions in the nation. Chancellor James A. Anderson is the 11th chief executive officer.  To learn more about Fayetteville State University, visit

CONTACT: Christine Michaels, President & CEO, Greater Fayetteville Chamber, 910-483-8133
FSU CONTACT: Jeff Womble, Associate Vice Chancellor for Communications Marketing and Strategic Communications, Fayetteville State University, 910-672-1474

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