Special to the Register & Bee

The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research will host the next “Evening with an Entrepreneur” speaker event featuring Connie Nyholm, owner and CEO of the Virginia International Raceway.

The free event, to be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Institute, is open to the public. However, seating is limited and advance registration is required at bit.ly/Nyholmevent.

Nyholm will share remarks about the challenges, solutions and advice integral to her experience and will invite discussion in an interactive format. The evening will end with a networking reception.

Nyholm’s talk will be the second in a series designed to highlight the journeys of entrepreneurs and encourage growth of entrepreneurism in Southern Virginia. Rick Barker, founder and president of Supply Resources Inc. and its affiliates, served as the debut speaker for the series this past spring.

A Martinsville native, Nyholm invested in VIR, known as America’s Motorsport Resort, in 1998 with a partner and since then has been dedicated to growing the track using the values of hard work and communication learned from her father. Now the majority owner, she has taken VIR from near abandonment 20 years ago to one of the top six road courses in North America as recognized by Car and Driver magazine.

Nyholm currently serves as a member of the board of the Institute and the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, and is president of the Roadracing Industry Council. She is a past member of the Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission, the Richmond Federal Reserve’s Community Investment Council, the Launch Place board, Virginia FIRST Foundation and the Southern Virginia Vehicle Motion Labs Advisory Board. Nyholm graduated from the College of William & Mary in 1981 with a bachelor’s degree in economics.

To learn more about Nyholm and VIR, visit www.virnow.com.

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