The Metrolina Entrepreneurial Council (MEC) will hold The BIG Event, formerly the Capital Access Conference, on Jan. 14 from 7:30 AM to 3 PM.

Leading up to the event will be The BIG Night on Jan. 13, from 5-9:30 PM. Both of the MEC events will take place at the Westin Charlotte, which is offering hotel room specials for attendees.

At the two-day conference, the MEC will launch its new name and hand out awards, including $5,000 to the winner of its business plan competition. Five area startups will be competing for the prize money.

Early bird registration for The BIG Event is open until Jan. 6 at a cost of $150 for MEC members and $200 for non-members. After that, the cost will be $175 for members and $225 for non-members.

New members may pay $300 to join the MEC and attend The BIG Night and Event. Call 704-358-3135 or visit the MEC website for more information.