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Saturday, November 2
 

12:00pm EDT

HackPSU
This November 2nd and 3rd, join over 900 students from across the nation for 24 hours of creation, innovation, and fun. From seasoned coding veterans to first-time hackers from any major or field, all are welcome to join. Discover your ability to create change by developing technology to solve real-world problems, working with industry leaders, and collaborating with your peers. Of course, they will offer free food, swag, prizes, and much more for your enjoyment!  They will also be hosting a business-track Case Competition challenge, sponsored by EY!

To register for the event, visit https://hackpsu.org/.

Saturday November 2, 2019 12:00pm - Sunday November 3, 2019 5:00pm EST
Business Building
 
Wednesday, November 6
 

12:20pm EST

Driving Innovations to Make Plastics a Renewable Resource (113 Osmond Lab)
Leading the development and commercialization of technologies and innovations in existing markets is very difficult work. Creating a new industry is a whole other matter. Agilyx and its small team has been hard at work over the last 14 years developing technologies, know-how and comprehensive solution platforms essentially marrying the interests of the waste and recycling industries with petrochemical industries.

This event is sponsored by Agilyx. 

Speakers
avatar for Kevin DeWhitt

Kevin DeWhitt

Founder, Chief Technology Officer, Agilyx, Founder, PDO Technologies, Inc.
Kevin DeWhitt founded the Cleantech company Agilyx, (originally, Plas2Fuel), in March, 2004.  As the founder and a key member of the executive team, he helped the company raise more than $100 million from angel investors, venture capitalists and strategic partners.  Mr. DeWhitt... Read More →


Wednesday November 6, 2019 12:20pm - 1:00pm EST
Osmond Lab
 
Friday, November 8
 

8:30am EST

Entrepreneurship Institute Conference (Regional Event)
Designed for engaged learners, this conference will explore key business drivers for entrepreneurs, early-stage firms, and established organizations through a mix of keynote presentations, panel discussions, and breakout learning sessions.

Registration for the conference is required. To register, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-entrepreneurship-institute-tickets-75350283727.

To view the conference agenda, click on the attachment below.   


Friday November 8, 2019 8:30am - 4:00pm EST
Lackawanna College 501 Vine St., Scranton, PA 18509
 
Sunday, November 10
 

2:00pm EST

HackPSU Challenge Winners Workshop
Listen to participants from the Fall HackPSU event discuss their winning projects, the challenges they faced, and the fun they had along the way.

Sunday November 10, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm EST
Happy Valley LaunchBox powered by PNC Bank 224 S. Allen St., State College, PA 16801
 
Monday, November 11
 

12:00am EST

Pechter Business Plan Competition
The Pechter Business Plan Competition is an opportunity for Penn State Altoona students to distinguish themselves from other students and turn great ideas into great business ventures! Compete for cash prizes.
First Place - $5,000
Second Place - $2,500
Third Place - $1,000
 
-- Plus in-kind legal and accounting services for all winners
-- Work space in the incubator at the Sheetz Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence
-- Mentoring

Register online at altoona.psu.edu/pechter.


Monday November 11, 2019 12:00am - Friday November 15, 2019 11:30pm EST
Register Online

10:30am EST

Creativity & Entrepreneurship Workshop
Attendees are students from the Reading School District. Students will be able to learn and use different resources offered to work on their creativity and entrepreneurship skills.

Monday November 11, 2019 10:30am - 2:30pm EST
Thun Library 145

6:00pm EST

Fireside Chat @ Krause: The Skills That Separate the Best Entrepreneurial Teams From the Rest (Krause Learning Space, 221 Chambers Building)
Join Frank Koe, Penn State Professor of Engineering, as he talks with Betsy Campbell, the founder of Harvard Alumni Entrepreneurs and several technology ventures, about her latest book, The Innovator's Discussion: The Conversational Skills of Entrepreneurial Teams. Participants will learn about the core competencies that differentiate successful and unsuccessful teams. They also will learn techniques to cultivate these essential skills within their own innovative entrepreneurial teams.

Moderators
avatar for Frank T. Koe

Frank T. Koe

Teaching Professor, Engineering Entrepreneurship, Penn State University

Speakers
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Betsy Campbell

Assistant Professor and Research Associate, Penn State University
Betsy Campbell is an Assistant Professor in the College of Education and the director of The Cape at Penn State (https://sites/psu.edu/cape), a community of practice focused on improving issues of diversity and inclusion in entrepreneurship.Earlier in her career, Campbell founded... Read More →


Monday November 11, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm EST
Chambers Building

6:00pm EST

Pop Up Startups: How To Shakeup the Typical Storefront
Pop-up shops are taking over the retail world and rethinking traditional brick-and-mortar and big-box stores, while food trucks are moving away from their bland beginnings and are gaining popularity as a trendy pop-up restaurant option.

During this panel discussion, learn from local successful business owners who have expertise in these types of businesses. They will discuss their successes and lessons learned and what you need to know to get started with your food truck or pop-up shop. You can also learn the regulations and permitting needed to be in compliance for this rapidly expanding type of business.

To register for this event, visit: https://sbdc.psu.edu/events/pop-startups-shake-typical-storefront/. Registrations are encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome! Light refreshments will be served. The gift shop at Discovery Space will be open during the event.  

This event is sponsored by Pop Up Ave. 

Moderators
avatar for Bill Zimmerman

Bill Zimmerman

Lecturer, Ad/PR Department, Penn State University
Bill Zimmerman is a lecturer in the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications, preparing students to be successful communications pros in the digital age. Additionally, he’s the host of “Happy Valley Hustle,” a podcast telling stories of entrepreneurship and innovation... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Brad Groznik

Brad Groznik

Cofounder, Pop Up Ave
Pop Up Ave is a State College-based flea market with about 50 vendors selling the hippest handmade and vintage products. The flea also offers food, a beer garden and live music. Brad and Andrea Groznik cofounded the event in 2016 upon returning to State College after living in New... Read More →
avatar for Flavia Barger

Flavia Barger

Owner, Brazilian Munchies
Brazilian Munchies has been operating as a food truck in Centre County since 2018 but has been selling its products in the area since 2013. The company is based in Bellefonte, but regularly travels all around the State College and Penns Valley areas. Brazilian Munchies can also be... Read More →
avatar for Pamela Luu

Pamela Luu

Owner/Founder, Still Not A Hippie
What started out as a hobby, making products for herself as a way to control what's going onto her body, then making products for friends and family who needed them, turned into a small business, where the name came from her typical response to her friends who would joke with her... Read More →
avatar for Dan Murphy

Dan Murphy

Councilman, State College Borough
Dan currently serves as one of seven elected Councilmembers for the Borough of State College. Dan joined the State College community in 2012, after being invited to serve as the inaugural director for Student Orientation and Transition Programs at Penn State. Since then, Dan has worked... Read More →


Monday November 11, 2019 6:00pm - 7:30pm EST
Discovery Space 1224 N. Atherton St., State College, PA 16803

8:00pm EST

Creating A Resume That Resonates With Employers
Your resume is often one of the first impressions that you make with potential employers; and it is also one of the best ways to help you stand out from your competitors. But in a large stack of resumes on a recruiter’s desk, what can you do to make yours pop out? Bob Martin, a highly recognized Penn State Communications professional, is here to guide you through the process of creating a resume that drives your unique qualities and helps you shine among other candidates. Learn the basics of building a resume that transforms you from being just a name in a stack of papers to the irresistible individual chosen for the position. Be one step ahead of your competitors by not only having an impressive resume, but also becoming a familiar face to an established professional in the communications field.

Registration is required for this event. To register, visit: https://forms.gle/zbkSdMJnDQVuAB2s9.

Speakers
avatar for Bob Martin

Bob Martin

Assistant Dean for Internships and Career Placement, Penn State University
Bob Martin leads the Office of Internships and Career Placement, which conducts two communications-specific job fairs each year. The office helps more than 500 students each year complete for-credit internships year. Additionally, Martin and his staff practice a student-centered approach... Read More →


Monday November 11, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm EST
Happy Valley LaunchBox powered by PNC Bank 224 S. Allen St., State College, PA 16801

9:00pm EST

Jack Zerby: The Life Of A Modern Entrepreneur (THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED)
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. 

In today’s day and age, with modern technology and new products emerging every week, entrepreneurship is arguably one of the toughest (if not the toughest) field to succeed in. An entrepreneur must create a product that connects and resonates with the public long enough to pique their curiosity more than another competing product. So what is it that sets apart a “highly successful entrepreneur” from someone who doesn’t flourish as much in the field? Come listen to Jack Zerby as he discusses his life as a young entrepreneur in today’s society - including the daily struggles he faces as an entrepreneur, keeping up in an ever-booming industry, and retaining the attention of a distracted generation. Learn how to navigate the software - or any - industry from a highly credible and well established businessman.

Registration is required for this event. To register, visit: https://forms.gle/TFT22HgbtCSoAnYQ8

Speakers
avatar for Jack Zerby

Jack Zerby

Co-founder, DoHQ
Currently co-founder of DoHQ, helping leaders attract their audience online with a private digital headquarters that on-boards, trains, and retains the curiosity of distracted people everywhere. Also, runs a software consulting business that guides business owners through a step by... Read More →


Monday November 11, 2019 9:00pm - 10:00pm EST
Happy Valley LaunchBox powered by PNC Bank 224 S. Allen St., State College, PA 16801
 
Tuesday, November 12
 

8:00am EST

How to Attract and Retain a Quality Workforce
Looking for strategies to maintain and grow your business while also retaining and recruiting top talent? Current research shows that top employees are not afraid to leave their current company if they find better compensation or employment opportunities elsewhere. Join us for this morning event where guest speaker Jeffrey Krauss, from The HR Office, will cover best practices for policies, benefits, and unique selling propositions to help your company retain employees while attracting new ones.

To register for this event, please visit: https://sbdc.psu.edu/events/hr-policies-keep-attract-employees/. Registrations are encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome!

This event is sponsored by Fulton Bank and the Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County (CBICC).

Speakers
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Janette Haas

Owner, Duck Donuts State College
avatar for Jeffrey Krauss

Jeffrey Krauss

Co-Owner, The HR Office


Tuesday November 12, 2019 8:00am - 10:00am EST
CBICC Office 131 S. Fraser St., Suite 1, State College, PA 16801

8:30am EST

Boots to Business Reboot For Veterans and Spouses
Boots to Business Reboot is a two-step training program that provides participants an overview of business ownership as a career vocation, an outline and knowledge on the components of a business plan, a practical exercise in opportunity recognition and an introduction to available public and private sector resources.

Registration for this event is required. To register, please contact Shannon Degiglio, Lender Relations & Economic Development Specialist, Small Business Administration at (610) 382-3082 or via email at: shannon.degiglio@sba.gov.  

Tuesday November 12, 2019 8:30am - 3:30pm EST
Classroom Building

9:30am EST

The First Step to Small Business Success
Have you always had the dream to start your own business but didn’t know where to begin? This free workshop will help aspiring entrepreneurs begin the process of owning a successful business, including evaluating business ideas, developing a business plan, and exploring financing options.

Learn from a business consultant about:
  • lifestyle requirements for business owners
  • how to assess the feasibility of your business idea
  • legal and tax implications of owning a business
  • how to develop a business plan
  • how to compile a bank-ready financial package
  • how to market your product or service
  • health and safety regulations that may apply to your business
  • where to find other resources that may help you succeed

To register for this event, visit: https://sbdc.psu.edu/events/first-step-small-business-success-16/.

Speakers
avatar for John Peterson

John Peterson

Interim Director, Penn State Small Business Development Center
John Peterson joined the Penn State Small Business Development Center in 2018 as a business consultant and is the current interim director of the Center. John’s consulting efforts are primarily focused on providing free, confidential one-on-one consulting to current or prospective... Read More →


Tuesday November 12, 2019 9:30am - 12:00pm EST
Schlow Library 211 S. Allen St., State College, PA 16801

10:00am EST

Entrepreneur In Residence
Jamie Van Buren, Owner, PennStress and GT Entrepreneurs, will meet one-on-one with Penn State Altoona students to discuss their business ideas and career aspirations, and to offer insight and feedback.  For more information visit: https://sites.psu.edu/sheetzcenter/entrepreneur-in-residence/.

Speakers
avatar for Jamie Van Buren

Jamie Van Buren

Owner, PennStress and GT Entrepreneurs
Jamie has a B.S. in Environmental Biology from Juniata College and an M.B.A from St. Francis University. Jamie spent 20+ years in the construction materials and heavy construction industry and presently owns several businesses including PennStress, a precast and prestress concrete... Read More →


Tuesday November 12, 2019 10:00am - 2:00pm EST
Sheetz Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence 1309 11th Avenue, Altoona, PA 16601

12:00pm EST

Finding Out the Truth About Your Idea: How to Talk to Customers to See if Your Idea is Worth Pursuing
Successful startups fix problems and meet the needs of their customers. But, before they can build a solution to do that, they need to verify that potential customers actually have the problem they think they do. This workshop provides actionable advice and best practices on using customer discovery to better understand your customer's problem, who they are, and the potential solution they are searching for.

To register for this event, visit: https://sbdc.psu.edu/events/finding-truth-idea-talk-customers-see-idea-worth-pursuing/. Registrations are encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome! A light lunch will be provided.

This event is sponsored by innoblue. 

Speakers
avatar for Benjamin Nason

Benjamin Nason

Idea Catalyst, Happy Valley LaunchBox powered by PNC Bank
Benjamin is a graduate of the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences with a passion for problem-solving. Having started a few companies during and after his college experience, he now is helping new founders to grow their ideas into companies.
avatar for Lee Erickson

Lee Erickson

Chief Amplifier, Happy Valley LaunchBox powered by PNC Bank
Lee spends her days downtown at the LaunchBox providing business advice and connecting startups to the resources, experts, and support they need to de-risk their business and accelerate their entry to market. As a serial entrepreneur in a previous live, Lee has worked with 100’s... Read More →


Tuesday November 12, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm EST
Happy Valley LaunchBox powered by PNC Bank 224 S. Allen St., State College, PA 16801

12:00pm EST

Shop Small: Holiday Season Outlook
Utility Works and Brandywine Boost are proud to support local initiatives for Small Business Saturday, which is held the Saturday after Thanksgiving. We are planning on educating both shop owners and local consumers on the importance of shopping small for the holiday season.

All interested shop owners and consumers are welcome to stop by Utility Works on November 12th to learn about the best practices for Shopping Small!!! No registration is required as this is an open house format.  

Let's #ShopSmall on #SmallBizSat and share the places we love!

Tuesday November 12, 2019 12:00pm - 5:00pm EST
Utility Works 32 E. Baltimore Ave. Lansdowne, PA 19050

1:35pm EST

Financing Startups
This is an event for students at Penn State Berks.  Speaker will provide students with tools and strategies to open a business.

Speakers

Tuesday November 12, 2019 1:35pm - 2:50pm EST
Gaige Building Room 245

4:30pm EST

Guest Speaker Dr. Betsy Campbell, Author
Dr. Betsy Campbell, Author, will talk about her key concepts in her book and hold a discussion.  The book is entitled "The Innovator’s Discussion: The Conversational Skills of Entrepreneurial Teams".

Tuesday November 12, 2019 4:30pm - 5:50pm EST
Sheetz Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence 1309 11th Avenue, Altoona, PA 16601

4:35pm EST

Hospitality Entrepreneurship and Innovation Panel (104 Keller Auditorium)
A panel of hospitality industry executives will be discussing the challenges and opportunities in hospitality entrepreneurship. This dynamic panel will be facilitated through a moderator covering topics including business planning, competitive analysis, feasibility, funding, marketing and branding, and organizational growth.

Speakers
avatar for Joshua K. Blair

Joshua K. Blair

Co-Founder and Strategic Partnerships Director, Brandthumb
Joshua K. Blair, PMP, is Co-founder and Strategic Partnerships Director of BrandThumb - a minority owned business focused on branding strategy (brandthumb.com) for Food/Beverage/Hospitality. He serves on a variety of advisory boards associated Penn State University (NYC Alumni Assoc, Berks Campus Professional Writing, and Sports Business Conference). This year he participated in PSHRS Alumni in the classroom program.With twenty years as... Read More →
avatar for Nick Scott

Nick Scott

Vice President, Scott Enterprises
Nick Scott, Jr. is an Erie business leader who along with his brother Chris (PSU HRIM 92’), and father Nick Sr. is responsible for operations and development at their third-generation family owned hospitality business, Scott Enterprises. The company was founded by Nick’s grandfather... Read More →
avatar for Traci Lipple

Traci Lipple

Principal and Founder, CoCo Blue Events
A detail-obsessed, experiential-driven event guru clinging to the belief that all great events start with a great vision and a passion to create a memorable experience. Traci is the founder and principal of Coco Blue Events – an event company focused on helping companies of all... Read More →


Tuesday November 12, 2019 4:35pm - 5:50pm EST
Keller Building

5:00pm EST

Feasibility, Structure, Licensing and Registration
Steps to Starting and Growing Your Own Business  - Learn the basics of what you need to start a business. This 90 minute interactive workshop will cover the topics of how to organize your business structure, registering with the proper authorities, how to get and why you need a tax ID number, and how to protect your intellectual property.

Registrations are required for this event. To register, please call (570) 450-3136 or email dxk40@psu.edu.

This event was made possible by a partnership with the Downtown Hazelton Alliance for Progress, Can Be Innovation Center, Small Business Development Center Wilkes University and Penn State Hazelton.

Speakers
avatar for Lucy Singer

Lucy Singer

Business Consultant, Wilkes University Small Business Development Center


Tuesday November 12, 2019 5:00pm - 6:30pm EST
Hazelton LaunchBox 13 W. Broad St., Hazleton, PA 18201
  Penn State Hazleton
  • about Lucy holds an MBA with a concentration in human resources from Misericordia University. Prior to joining the SBDC, she was an assistant vice president in the retail banking division of FNCB Bank for 17 years.

6:00pm EST

Veteran Entrepreneurship Presentation and Panel Discussion
The military teaches you lifelong skills, and many of these skills are transferable in becoming an entrepreneur. Effectively managing risk, operating under pressure, and being resourceful are just a few qualities needed in both business and the military. Hear from a panel of local veteran business owners on how they successfully started their own businesses.

Kelly Hunt Ed.D., a veteran, business owner, and district director of the U.S. Small Business Administration will present as well as moderate this event.

Panelists include:
-- Brad Cornali - Owner/CEO, Training 4 Life, Port Matilda
-- O.J. Johnston - Owner/CEO, OJ Johnston Consulting, Petersburg
-- Jayme Orr Rhodes - CEO, Serviam Construction, LLC, Altoona
-- David Panko - Owner/Investment Advisor/Financial Planner, Panko Wealth Management, State College
-- Eugene Weller - Owner, Allstate Insurance

To register for this event, visit: https://sbdc.psu.edu/events/veteran-entrepreneurship-panel-discussion/. Registrations are encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome!  Light refreshments will be served.  

This event is sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). 

Moderators
avatar for Dr. Kelly Hunt

Dr. Kelly Hunt

District Director, U.S. Small Business Administration
Branch: Air ForceRank: Staff SergeantMOS: Security PolicemanDr. Kelly A. Hunt is serving as the district director for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Pittsburgh District Office where she is responsible for the delivery and leadership of the agency's financial and business... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Eugene Weller

Eugene Weller

Owner, Allstate Insurance, State College
Branch: Marine Corps and ArmyRank: MajorMOS: Aviation Supply Officer, Group Supply OfficerEugene is the owner of Allstate office in State College. He also is the coordinator for Centre County’s Toys for Tots. They collect nearly 18,000 toys per year, coordinating 750-1000 volunteers... Read More →
avatar for Brad Cornali

Brad Cornali

Owner/CEO, Training 4 Life
Branch: Marine CorpsRank: CaptainMOS: Artillery, Infantry, MAGTF Intelligence Officer. Served a year and a half of flight training to include intermediate tactical jet training.Brad is CEO of Training 4 Life. Providing a fully equipped mobile gym, good for any number of settings... Read More →
avatar for O.J. Johnston

O.J. Johnston

Owner/CEO, OJ Johnston Consulting
Branch: Air ForceRank: ColonelMOS: B-52 bomber pilot and a test pilot and served two tours at the Pentagon in special weapons and stealth development.O.J. is CEO of OJ Johnston Consulting. Specializing in buying and selling small businesses.
avatar for Jayme Orr Rhodes

Jayme Orr Rhodes

CEO, Serviam Construction, LLC
Branch: ArmyRank: CPTMOS: 21A-EngineerJayme is CEO at Serviam Construction. They are a service disabled, veteran and disadvantaged woman owned Small Business General Contractor located in Central Pennsylvania. Serviam specializes in VA, DoD, Commerical, and Educational Renovations... Read More →
avatar for David Panko

David Panko

Owner/Investment Advisor/Financial Planner, Panko Wealth Management
Branch: ArmyRank: SergeantMOS: Explosives and Demolitions Instructor (Panko is still a licensed blaster)David is the owner of Panko Wealth Management with a support staff of three permanent employees, managing more than $140 million for clients throughout the US and Europe. He specializes... Read More →


Tuesday November 12, 2019 6:00pm - 7:30pm EST
Happy Valley LaunchBox powered by PNC Bank 224 S. Allen St., State College, PA 16801

6:00pm EST

Social Media Ads Accelerator Program with Rob Z
Social Media Ads Accelerator - At this seminar you will learn:
  • how to get results with your social media content, including video
  • how to create a results-driven plan and calendar to post content
  • Learn a simple and profitable Facebook & IG Ads campaign that anyone can do
This will be a Workshop atmosphere, so please bring a computer, phone, or at the least a tablet and a pen.
We will be actively working on what content you can create for your advertising plan.
 
Registrations are required for this event.  To register, visit: https://centralpatickets.com/events/Social-Media-Ads-Accelerator-11-12-2019.

Speakers
avatar for Rob Wentz (Rob Z)

Rob Wentz (Rob Z)

Rob Wentz (Rob Z) is a 19 year veteran of the radio industry and hosts a daily show on Mix 94.7 in Altoona called “The Rob Z Show.” He is also an internet marketing consultant and manager with a focus on brand personality growth. Rob hosts his own podcast called “Rob Z Radio... Read More →



Tuesday November 12, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm EST
Altoona Launchbox Supported by the Hite Family 1331 12th Ave. Suite 103, Altoona, PA 16601

6:30pm EST

Fast Track to Success Networking for Students
This is an opportunity for Penn State Altoona students to:
  • Network with professionals while in a group setting with other students
  • Gain insight, perspective, and advice
  • Sharpen communication skills
  • Pursue connections that may lead to an internship or job



Tuesday November 12, 2019 6:30pm - 8:00pm EST
Sheetz Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence 1309 11th Avenue, Altoona, PA 16601

6:30pm EST

Global Entrepreneurship: Latin American Perspectives
Henning will provide a perspective on how he has developed a company successfully offering automation services across Central and South America.

To register for this event, please visit: https://www.meetup.com/launchbox/events/265879589/. Registration deadline is November 11, 2019.

Speakers
avatar for Henning Bergold

Henning Bergold

President, Grupo Abstract
Henning Bergold has been president of Groupo Abstract since 1995. He has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Universidad Metropolitana in Venezuela and a master’s degree from Universidad Simón Bolivár in Colombia.


Tuesday November 12, 2019 6:30pm - 8:00pm EST
Berks LaunchBox @ the GoggleWorks

8:00pm EST

Student Startup Mixer
Have you ever been curious about working with a student startup or early stage business?  This is your chance to informally meet with representatives from several student startups looking for students for spring or summer opportunities.  No matter your where your talents or passion lies, likely there is a match for you at this event.  Stop by, enjoy some free food and network with students who are passionate about entrepreneurship, innovation and ideation.  

Tuesday November 12, 2019 8:00pm - 10:00pm EST
Happy Valley LaunchBox powered by PNC Bank 224 S. Allen St., State College, PA 16801
 
Wednesday, November 13
 

8:45am EST

Cybersecurity for Small Businesses Conference
The “Cybersecurity for Small Businesses” Conference will take place in the Slusser/Bayzick Building at Penn State Hazelton and is open to students, faculty and the public. The program was designed to help small businesses learn about the dangers and impact of potential cyberattacks. Research has found that 543,000 new small businesses are founded each month, with 44 to 50 percent of small businesses experiencing cyberattacks. Further, recovery costs from a cyberattack for a small business can average more than $40,000, and 60 percent of small businesses that experience a cyberattack go out of business within six months.  During the conference, attendees will learn how cybersecurity affects entrepreneurship, why small businesses are easy victims of cyberattacks, the impact of small business cyberattacks and common security risks to small businesses. They will also hear about resources to assist small businesses with preemptive techniques to help resist cyberattacks.

The event begins at 8:45 a.m. with registration and breakfast snacks and concludes at 12:45 p.m. after lunch. You can also join the event via Zoom. See the flyer below for details.

Pre-registration is required. To register, call the Penn State Hazleton Department of Continuing Education at 570-450-3110, email dxk40@psu.edu or visit http://bit.ly/CyberConf.  

Keynote speaker is Marc Gonzalez on the topic of “Understanding the Insider Threat.” Gonzalez is a “threat hunter” and cybersecurity adviser with more than 26 years of experience. He co-founded and co-owns Site2, a data management company serving regulated industries for the past 14 years. As the company’s information security officer, he leads a team of security engineers and “white-hat” hackers that perform security audits, security awareness training, vulnerability assessments and penetration tests. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree in finance from the University of Scranton and a Bachelor of Science degree in computer information systems from the University of Scranton. He is a certified information systems security professional through ISC2, a certified information systems auditor through Information Systems Audit and Control Association and a certified business continuity planner through Disaster Recovery Institute International.

Additional speakers include:
Brendan Smoke on the topic of “PCI DSS – What is it? And Why Should You Care?” Smoke, OSCP, PCI ASV, Sec+, FCNSP, is the chief executive officer of Backbone Security, who has 17 years of experience in cybersecurity. He works in Backbone Security’s PCI and Security Assessment division, working on Payment Card Industry (PCI) services, penetration testing, social engineering and other security assessment activities. Smoke holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Computer Security. While working toward his degree, he contributed his skills toward the Cyber Crime and Forensics Institute at East Stroudsburg University, addressing issues related to computer forensics that are vital to law enforcement at all levels of government.

Jeremy Roehrich on the topic of “Social Engineering – Why Human Weakness May Be the Biggest Threat to Your Small Business.” Roehrich, OSCP, CISSP, PCI ASV, FCNSA, is the chief operating officer of Backbone Security, who has more than 15 years of experience in cybersecurity and other fields of information technology. He has a key role in Backbone’s penetration testing engagements and vulnerability assessment work. Roehrich holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer security and has experience as an entrepreneur, having started a database programming and web development business. His work exposed him to varied technologies and helped him understand the security needs of businesses, ranging from small entities to large international corporations.

Samantha Prince on the topic of “Legal Aspects of Cybersecurity for Small Businesses.” Prince, J.D., LL.M., is an assistant professor at Penn State Dickinson Law, Carlisle. She teaches problem solving, business and experiential entrepreneurship law courses. For more than 20 years, she partnered with entrepreneurs during their startup phases and beyond. She handled business transactions, including tax, contracts (domestic and international), mergers/acquisitions and securities offerings (private and public). Prince also represented a company through its IPO and afterward as the primary drafter of its securities disclosure documents. At Dickinson Law, she founded and moderates the Inside Entrepreneurship Law blog, which features posts written by students that are designed to provide helpful legal information to entrepreneurs and their counsel. More information on the blog is available at www.sites.psu.edu/entrepreneurshiplaw. Additionally, she implemented mobile student-led entrepreneurial workshops on various topics. Prince earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Muhlenberg College, a juris doctor degree cum laude from Widener Commonwealth and a Master of Laws degree in taxation from Georgetown University Law Center.

Christian Wolgemuth on the topic of “Legal Aspects of Cybersecurity for Small Businesses.” Wolgemuth is a third-year law student at Penn State Dickinson Law, Carlisle. Prior to law school, he spent five years as a cybersecurity consultant for both Accenture and Deloitte. Wolgemuth served both private sector and government agency clients all over the country, helping to design cybersecurity systems used by millions of customers worldwide. As a law student, he interned with the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General in the Bureau of Consumer Protection working on data breach and privacy infringement litigation. After law school, he will work in the litigation group of a private law firm in Harrisburg, helping clients navigate the continuously changing world of cybersecurity and privacy law.

The conference is sponsored in part by the Center for Security Research and Education (CSRE) at Penn State, which promotes research and education to protect people, infrastructure and institutions from the broad range of hazards confronting society today. More information is available at csre.psu.edu. Additional sponsors of the event include Invent Penn State through the Penn State Hazleton LaunchBox and Penn State Hazleton Information Sciences and Technology. For more information on the event, contact Ellen Raineri, assistant teaching professor of business, at emr13@psu.edu.


Wednesday November 13, 2019 8:45am - 12:45pm EST
Slusser/Bayzick Building

9:30am EST

GEW Small Business Career Resource Event hosted by PSECU
This is a STUDENT focused event.

Students will have opportunities to learn about career planning, explore career options, prepare for networking events, and review resumes and other application materials.

If your company is interested in having a space at the Career Resource Event, please contact John Peterson at jdp228@psu.edu. Space is limited and will be awarded on a first come, first served basis.


Wednesday November 13, 2019 9:30am - 11:00am EST
Nittany Lion Inn 200 W. Park Ave., State College, PA 16803

10:00am EST

Is My Idea Patentable? Using Patents to Help You "Make It" Program
Learn how to protect intellectual property with copyright, patents, trademarks, and trade secrets.

Speakers
avatar for Lori Lysiak

Lori Lysiak

Reference and Instruction Librarian, Eiche Library


Wednesday November 13, 2019 10:00am - 11:50am EST
Room 256 Hawthorn Building

11:30am EST

Student & Community Luncheon hosted by PSECU
This event is INVITATION ONLY.

Speakers
avatar for Aaron Nocks

Aaron Nocks

Founder, Snap Custom Pizza
avatar for Peter Howey

Peter Howey

Founder, Snap Custom Pizza
avatar for Rob Wasserman

Rob Wasserman

Partner, Snap Custom Pizza



Wednesday November 13, 2019 11:30am - 1:00pm EST
Nittany Lion Inn 200 W. Park Ave., State College, PA 16803

12:15pm EST

Entrepreneurship Speaker Series - Women Entrepreneurs of Berks County
This is an event for students at Penn State Berks. Speakers will share their experiences with being entrepreneurs and give students advice and knowledge.

Speakers
avatar for Lindsay Sokol Szejko

Lindsay Sokol Szejko

Owner, SOLO Laboratories, Inc.
Lindsey graduated in 2005 from York College with BS in Criminal Justice. She joined SOLO in 2005 in the area of Customer Service. SOLO was founded by Lindsay's father, Barry Sokol, in 1983. From 2005-2016, Lindsay held various positions in the company from Customer Service to Sales... Read More →
avatar for Jaimyn Westenhoefer

Jaimyn Westenhoefer

President, SOLO Laboratories, Inc.
Jaimyn started her career in the beauty industry as a licensed aesthetician and worked at sevral different salons and medical spas over the course of 12 years.  In 2012, SOLO had a sales position that needed to be filled, and the opportunity was offered to her. Although she enjoyed... Read More →
avatar for Natalie Parisi

Natalie Parisi

Owner & Partner, ROG Orthodontics
Dr. Natalie Parisi is an owner and partner at ROG Orthodontics with locations in Wyomissing, Douglassville, and Pottstown.  Born and raised in Berks County, Natalie is a graduate of Holy Name High School, Villanova University, University of Maryland Dental School and Eastman School... Read More →
avatar for Alma Vasquez

Alma Vasquez

Owner, YAVE Investments LLC and Pagoda Café
Alma Vasquez came to North Carolina from Mexico in 2000. She started off working as a helper at a restaurant where she later became a manager. She moved to Pennsylvania in 2008 where she still resides with her two daughters. She continued to work at small local businesses because... Read More →



Wednesday November 13, 2019 12:15pm - 1:15pm EST
Gaige Building Room 121

12:15pm EST

Big Idea Competition
The Big Idea Competition is a campus-wide contest for students to present business ideas. Entrants into the contest have five minutes to present their idea and vie for prizes. Winners are determined by audience vote. The contest is limited to eight entrants. They present to an audience of over fifty of their peers. Also, there are often “scouts” in the audience looking for great ideas that can transition to regional business plan competitions. This is a fun event with a bit of an edge because of the audience involvement and the prizes that are awarded.

Registration is required for this event. To register, please contact Frank Sorokach at fms16@psu.edu.  

Wednesday November 13, 2019 12:15pm - 1:15pm EST

3:30pm EST

Abington LaunchBox Talks: Financial Freedom
Your GPA is not the only number that matters during your time at college. Many students are beginning to ask questions about their credit scores and how finances will influence their lives upon graduation. During this panel discussion, hear perspectives from students and faculty on what financial freedom means to them and how they are working to find it. They will discuss their mistakes, successes, and lessons learned in managing time, money, debt, and stress. You can also learn the role entrepreneurship plays in creating additional pathways to support your journey toward financial freedom.

To register for this event, email Peter Hornberger at pah224@psu.edu. Registrations are encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome! This event is free. Light refreshments will be served.

Wednesday November 13, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm EST
Lares Building in the Lubert Commons

5:00pm EST

Intrapreneurship: A Starting Point (221 Hammond Building)
Becoming an entrepreneur is hard work. And it’s risky too. With a reported 90% failure rate, many start-ups never develop into sustainable businesses. But carving out an entrepreneurial life is still something that a highly motivated few are willing to embark upon but not usually right after graduation.

Many graduates at Penn State are fortunate to find employment and earn a good starting salary. Engineering graduates, for example, can easily start at $65,000-$70,000 a year or more. This means that for recent grads the decision of initiating a highly speculative business makes little sense when student loans and other financial obligations must be reconciled.

Intrapreneurship means acting entrepreneurially within an existing company. This talk will further define intrapreneurship and explore how to identify entrepreneurial companies that are receptive to having you employ your entrepreneurial mindset while practicing entrepreneurial leadership skills. Time spent in an intrapreneurial firm provides opportunities to garner valuable experience while determining if entrepreneurship is something worthy of full-time consideration.

This session is ideal for those who want to practice entrepreneurship while making money in an established firm and not quite ready to commit to being a full-time entrepreneur.

Speakers
avatar for Frank T. Koe

Frank T. Koe

Teaching Professor, Engineering Entrepreneurship, Penn State University


Wednesday November 13, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm EST
Hammond Building, University Park

6:00pm EST

Passport to Great Food and Brews: Happy Valley AgVentures
Central Pennsylvania has a wide-range of food and spirits to satisfy the pickiest of palates. Learn more about our area’s food and spirits trail, hear from local entrepreneurs, and sample some of our own locally-sourced food at this networking mixer at Maine Bay & Berry.

To register for this event, visit: https://sbdc.psu.edu/events/passport-great-food-brews-central-pa-tasting-trail/. Registrations are encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome! Light refreshments will be provided by Maine Bay & Berry and Voodoo Brewery.

This event is sponsored by the Happy Valley Adventure Bureau.

Moderators
avatar for Lesley Kistner

Lesley Kistner

Director of Public Affairs, The Happy Valley Adventure Bureau

Speakers
avatar for Eric Nartatez

Eric Nartatez

General Manager, Voodoo Brewery
avatar for Shaun Knight & Christa Stofferahn

Shaun Knight & Christa Stofferahn

Co-Owners, Maine Bay and Berry
Shaun Knight and Christa Stofferahn are Co-Owners of Maine Bay and Berry Company located in State College, PA. Prior to beginning this business, Knight engaged in business consulting with his own company and was a faculty member at Penn State University teaching Management courses... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Lloyd

Kevin Lloyd

Co-owner/Production Manager, Big Spring Spirits


Wednesday November 13, 2019 6:00pm - 7:30pm EST
Maine Bay & Berry 201 Elmwood St., State College, PA 16801

6:00pm EST

Effective Business Planning Workshop
This FREE workshop will feature the Director of the St. Francis University SBDC, who will provide entrepreneurs of all stages of development with resources to turn their idea into a successful business.

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Boldizar

Jeff Boldizar

Director, St. Francis Small Business Development Center
Jeff has been employed with the Saint Francis University Small Business Development Center since May 1985. He has more than 33 years of business development experience. He provided these services primarily to businesses in Blair, Bedford and Huntingdon Counties.Jeff served as a Business... Read More →


Wednesday November 13, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm EST
Altoona Launchbox Supported by the Hite Family 1331 12th Ave. Suite 103, Altoona, PA 16601

6:00pm EST

2019 mHealth Challenge (Ruth Pike Auditorium, 22 Biobehavioral Health Building)
The Penn State mHealth Challenge is a cross-college engaged scholarship event in which undergraduate students in the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), the Department of Biobehavioral Health (BBH) in the College of Health and Human Development, and the College of Nursing collaborate on developing a low-fidelity prototype of a mobile health application design that addresses a societal health need associated with a specific target audience.

For more information visit: https://mhealthpennstate.weebly.com/.

This event is sponsored by the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), College of Nursing and College of Health and Human Development.

Wednesday November 13, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm EST
Biobehavioral Health Building

7:00pm EST

Ten Things I Learned From My First Podcast (Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library)
Goffard will discuss the making of "Dirty John," a true-crime podcast about a con man who exploits a wealthy middle aged woman he meets on an Internet dating site.

Speakers
avatar for Christopher Goffard

Christopher Goffard

Reporter and Creator of the Podcast "Dirty John", Los Angeles Times
Christopher Goffard is an author and a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times. He shared in the 2011Pulitzer Prize for the paper's Bell coverage and has twice been a Pulitzer finalist for feature writing. His novel "Snitch Jacket" was a finalist for the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best... Read More →


Wednesday November 13, 2019 7:00pm - 8:30pm EST
Paterno Library

7:00pm EST

Limits of Imagination Film Series: "Salvage" (2019, Amy C. Elliott, Canada, 57 min.) + shorts
What a dump! While this term has long held a pejorative connotation, many residents of Yellowknife, Canada would disagree—they’re proud of their dump. Here, people come to salvage what others have discarded, reducing and reusing items improperly regarded as waste and building community in the process. But changes are afoot, as new residents want a more “modern” waste management system. (Part of a conversation with the Borough of State College about the future of plastic bags. Additional short films will be shown as part of the screening.)

Wednesday November 13, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm EST
Happy Valley LaunchBox powered by PNC Bank 224 S. Allen St., State College, PA 16801
 
Thursday, November 14
 

12:00pm EST

Social Media Ads Accelerator Program with Rob Z (Registration is currently AT CAPACITY)
We're sorry but this event is currently at capacity.  We apologize for the inconvenience. 

Do you want to leverage your business’s social media presence more effectively? This seminar can provide you the tools and insight needed to enhance your social media skills and take your company to the next level.

Learn more about how to:
-- get results with your social media content including video
-- how to create a results-driven plan and calendar to post content
-- learn a simple and profitable Facebook & Instagram Ads campaign that anyone can do

To register for this event, visit: https://sbdc.psu.edu/events/creating-content-strategy-plan/. Registrations are encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome! A light lunch will be provided.

This event is sponsored by [CP]2.

Speakers
avatar for Rob Wentz (Rob Z)

Rob Wentz (Rob Z)

Rob Wentz (Rob Z) is a 19 year veteran of the radio industry and hosts a daily show on Mix 94.7 in Altoona called “The Rob Z Show.” He is also an internet marketing consultant and manager with a focus on brand personality growth. Rob hosts his own podcast called “Rob Z Radio... Read More →



Thursday November 14, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm EST
New Leaf Initiative 243 S Allen St #337, State College, PA 16801

4:30pm EST

Modifying a Product Design for the EU Market
This session is for students at Penn State Berks. The presenter will provide students with blueprints for a product and explain how cost-effective modifications allowed it to be sold in the EU. 

Speakers
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Randy Saylor

Partner, TEQ Group
Randy has worked for many years as a successful manufacturing executive. He currently runs several small manufacturing services companies that operate in international markets.


Thursday November 14, 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm EST
Gaige Building Room 249

4:30pm EST

Lion’s Den Idea Competition
Thursday November 14, 2019 4:30pm - 6:30pm EST
SUB Lodge

5:30pm EST

Workshop on Design Thinking & Creative Problem Solving for Teams
Innovation means coming up with new products, services, solutions, and ideas that improve the status quo. Today, we need innovation more than ever because of the complexity and scale of the economic, social, and environmental problems that we face in our modern society. Although creativity is one of the most basic human traits, at times it seems difficult to innovate. Innovation teams, especially in larger, established organizations, frequently fail to come up with innovative solutions. Research shows that a structured approach to innovation can improve the productivity and creativity of innovation teams. This mini-workshop introduces several techniques that can help student innovation teams in finding (a) facts, (b) new ideas, and (c) creative solutions. These techniques are usually taught in introductory-level entrepreneurship and engineering design classes. The participants of this workshop will learn how to lead their innovation teams through a product development process.

This event is free and open to all professional societies in Berks County, but you need to RSVP to reserve your seats. To register, complete the form linked here: https://forms.gle/8itCFVQuL7dv7XdK8 to RSVP no later than 5 pm on Monday, November 11th. For more information, please contact Abdullah Konak at (610) 396-6310 or via email at konak@psu.edu



Thursday November 14, 2019 5:30pm - 7:30pm EST
Gaige Building Room 248

5:30pm EST

The Re-Design of the Onecar, a Multi-Disciplinary Approach
Dr. Matt Caputo will present an interdisciplinary approach to his engineering project, “The Re-Design of the energy-sourced Onecar. This semester long engineering business challenge represents an innovative entrepreneurial mindset approach to a problem-solving opportunity in the marketplace. This project was a semester long challenge that will culminate with the students finished 3 prototypes of their final onecar designs.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Matthew Caputo

Dr. Matthew Caputo

Assistant Teaching Professor Engineering, Penn State Shenango
Dr. Matt Caputo is a native to the Shenango Valley, graduating from Farrell Area High School. Dr. Caputo earned a bachelor of science degree in physics at Clarion University in 2014. From 2014 to 2018, he attended Youngstown State University studying Materials Science and Engineering... Read More →


Thursday November 14, 2019 5:30pm - 7:30pm EST
VenturePointe at the e-Center @ LindenPointe 3580 Innovation Way, Hermitage, PA 16148

6:00pm EST

Business Development for European Companies in the US – Challenges and Opportunities
Jochen will provide students with insights on how he has helped German firms identify and successfully meet opportunities in the US market. This session is closed to the public.

Speakers
avatar for Jochen Hager

Jochen Hager

General Manager / Principal Consultant, Business Development Executives, LLC
Jochen is a German executive with many years of helping innovative German firms successfully enter the US market.


Thursday November 14, 2019 6:00pm - 6:45pm EST
Gaige Building Room 245

6:00pm EST

How a Small Entrepreneurial Manufacturing Company Competes in the Global Market
This session is for students at Penn State Berks.  Randy will present strategies that small companies can employ to operate globally. 

Speakers
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Randy Saylor

Partner, TEQ Group
Randy has worked for many years as a successful manufacturing executive. He currently runs several small manufacturing services companies that operate in international markets.


Thursday November 14, 2019 6:00pm - 6:45pm EST
Gaige Building Room 121

6:00pm EST

CREN & WiNGS Networking Reception
This event is by invitation only. 

Thursday November 14, 2019 6:00pm - 7:30pm EST
3 Dots Downtown 137 E. Beaver Ave., State College, PA 16801

8:00pm EST

Got Funding? A Panel About Start-up Financing Options
Are you or your co-founders looking to expand your business? Do you have an idea and want to see if it is something others would invest in? Do you want to pursue a career in private equity? Come hear from representatives across the Penn State entrepreneurship landscape about options for funding and what potential investors are looking for. Open the next chapter of your founding story!

This event is sponsored by innoblue and Lion Launch Pad Special Living Option. 


Moderators
avatar for Royce D'Souza

Royce D'Souza

Student Entrepreneur

Speakers
avatar for Matt Rhodes

Matt Rhodes

Venture Partner, 1855 Capital
avatar for Lee Erickson

Lee Erickson

Chief Amplifier, Happy Valley LaunchBox powered by PNC Bank
Lee spends her days downtown at the LaunchBox providing business advice and connecting startups to the resources, experts, and support they need to de-risk their business and accelerate their entry to market. As a serial entrepreneur in a previous live, Lee has worked with 100’s... Read More →
avatar for John Peterson

John Peterson

Interim Director, Penn State Small Business Development Center
John Peterson joined the Penn State Small Business Development Center in 2018 as a business consultant and is the current interim director of the Center. John’s consulting efforts are primarily focused on providing free, confidential one-on-one consulting to current or prospective... Read More →
avatar for Scott Luttmann

Scott Luttmann

Venture Partner, Contrary Capital
avatar for Scott Johnson

Scott Johnson

Entrepreneur in Residence, Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central & Northern PA


Thursday November 14, 2019 8:00pm - 10:00pm EST
Happy Valley LaunchBox powered by PNC Bank 224 S. Allen St., State College, PA 16801
 
Friday, November 15
 

8:00am EST

Pipeline Angels Pitch Summit
This event is INVITATION ONLY for selected entrepreneurs.

According to the Center for Venture Research, in 2016, only 26% of U.S. angel investors were women and only 5% were minorities (their terms–not ours). Pipeline Angels is changing the face of angel investing and creating capital for women and non-binary femme social entrepreneurs. Our members serve as the friends and family round for entrepreneurs who may not already have support at that critical stage. Since Pipeline Angels launched in April 2011, close to 400 members have graduated from their angel investing bootcamp and have invested more than US$6M in 70+ companies via their pitch summit process. Members serve as the friends and family round for entrepreneurs who may not already have support at that critical stage. Pipeline Angels is currently accepting applications for its signature bootcamp for new investors and for its signature pitch summit for entrepreneurs seeking funding.

Our signature pitch summit is an opportunity for invited women and non-binary femme social entrepreneurs to present their for-profit social ventures for a chance to secure funding.

The Fall 2019 Pitch Summit will be held at the Penn State Navy Yard location on Friday, November 15, 2019.

Friday November 15, 2019 8:00am - 5:00pm EST
Penn State at the Navy Yard 4960 S. 12th. St., Philadelphia, PA 19112

12:00pm EST

Sustainability Showcase - John Gershenson: ​The Penn State HESE Program and Sustainable Ventures in Kenya (233AB HUB)
The CSL will be hosting twelve Sustainability Showcases this fall to make connections between faculty research, personal and professional interest and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals while broadening the discourse surrounding sustainability. Speakers are invited to give a thirty-minute talk, answer questions and hang around to mingle with attendees.

This year, the theme for the showcase series is: The Time is Now.

Fridays 12 - 1:30 pm, are held in 233AB HUB and include lunch for RSVP'd guests. RSVP HERE https://www.eventbrite.com/o/penn-state-council-of-sustainable-leaders-17675615222!

Speakers
avatar for John Gershenson

John Gershenson

Penn State Director of Humanitarian Engineering & Social Entrepreneurship (HESE), Penn State Unviversity
Dr. John Gershenson is the Director of the Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship (HESE) Program at Penn State University. He has a B.A. in physics from Cornell University, an M.S. in mechanical engineering from The Ohio State University, and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from University of Idaho. His research—which includes work on product/process architecture, lean/sus... Read More →


Friday November 15, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm EST
HUB-Robeson Center
 
Sunday, November 17
 

5:00pm EST

Wilkes-Barre Connect Conference
The three-day event will showcase the transformation of Northeastern Pennsylvania, into a hub of innovation, relying on creative storytelling and presentations from the region’s best students, entrepreneurs, community leaders, and young professionals shaping our region. Attendees will have the opportunity to grow personally and professionally by attending sessions within our four featured tracks: Innovate, Connect, Elevate and Accelerate.

This event will be held on November 17 from 5-8 PM, November 18 from 8 AM-8 PM and Nov. 19 from 8 AM-8 PM.

Registrations are required for this event. To register, visit: https://www.wbconnectconference.com/.

Sunday November 17, 2019 5:00pm - Tuesday November 19, 2019 8:00pm EST
Woodlands Inn & Resort 1073 Highway 315, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702
 
Monday, November 18
 

11:30am EST

LionLaunch Let’s Do Lunch With The Experts - Low-Budget Marketing Ideas for Small Businesses and Nonprofits
Learn to make a big impact with a small marketing budget! Lisa Robinson, Instructor of Business at Penn State Schuylkill and World Campus,will teach attendees a variety of inexpensive strategies to help small businesses and nonprofits make the most of their marketing budget. Lisa will share how to:
-- take advantage of social media platforms
-- form industry and community partnerships
-- benefit from volunteering
-- write compelling press releases
-- expand grassroots efforts and other easy and incredibly effective ways to get the word out about any business or nonprofit

Registration is required for this event. To register, contact Susan Williams, LionLaunch Coordinator at (570) 385-6065 or email sxw831@psu.edu

Speakers
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Lisa Robinson, MBA

Business Instructor, Penn State Schuylkill / World Campus


Monday November 18, 2019 11:30am - 1:30pm EST
Creekside Corner Conference Room
 
Tuesday, November 19
 

5:00pm EST

Preparing a Business Plan and Financial Projections
Interested in Starting or Growing a Business?  Join us in this interactive 90-minute workshop and learn the answers to:   What is a Business Plan?   Why Do I Need a Business Plan?  How do I get Financing for my Business?    

Good intentions are only a part of the formula; the rest is knowing:
*What to plan
*When to plan
*How to plan

Registrations are required for this event. To register, please call (570) 450-3136 or email dxk40@psu.edu.

This event was made possible by a partnership with the Downtown Hazelton Alliance for Progress, Can Be Innovation Center, Small Business Development Center Wilkes University and Penn State Hazelton.

Speakers
avatar for Lucy Singer

Lucy Singer

Business Consultant, Wilkes University Small Business Development Center


Tuesday November 19, 2019 5:00pm - 6:30pm EST
Hazleton LaunchBox 76 University Dr., Hazleton, PA 18202

5:30pm EST

Social Media is Everywhere. Are you?
We all know social media is pervasive. Do you know when to use it as a marketing tool? Or what you can expect to accomplish? How about which platforms will work for your constituents? Our experts will answer those (and lots of other) questions, share their successes, and maybe let us in on a miscue or two.

Panelists include:
  • Ellen Matis - Ellen is the owner of Hello Social Co., where she works with businesses and organizations to craft expert social media strategies. More at https://hellosocialco.com/
  • Christie Clancy - Christie is a social media manager at Penn State, musician and photographer. Whether it's for the University, an exhibit or a new show for her band, social media is a part of her every day life -- from "small business" style to large scale initiatives. More at https://www.linkedin.com/in/clancy214/

This event is a joint effort between [CP]2 and Penn State's Global Entrepreneurship Week. While there is no charge for attendance, we do have a limit of 60 tickets.

To register for this event, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/social-media-is-everywhere-are-you-tickets-70814625451.  

Tuesday November 19, 2019 5:30pm - 7:30pm EST
3 Dots Downtown 137 E. Beaver Ave., State College, PA 16801

6:00pm EST

"Extreme by Design" Film Screening (Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library)
“Extreme by Design” follows teams of Stanford business, engineering, and medical students as they develop affordable solutions to pressing problems in developing countries in southern Asia. The students are part of a course offered through Stanford’s Institute of Design called “Design for Extreme Affordability.”

From the film’s synopsis: “The students apply the “Design Thinking” approach, tapping previously undiscovered creativity and draw on methods from engineering and industrial design, and combine them with ideas from the arts, tools from the social sciences, and insights from the business world. Believing that they can and will make a difference, the students open their hearts and brains and remarkably, almost magically, their products take shape and work.”

This event is sponsored by Penn State University Libraries. 

Tuesday November 19, 2019 6:00pm - 7:30pm EST
Paterno Library
 
Wednesday, November 20
 

12:20pm EST

Fall Entrepreneurship Forum
Lee Erickson, Chief Amplifier at Happy Valley LaunchBox, will bring two teams of student entrepreneurs to discuss their entrepreneurship journey. Students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to attend. 

Moderators
avatar for Lee Erickson

Lee Erickson

Chief Amplifier, Happy Valley LaunchBox powered by PNC Bank
Lee spends her days downtown at the LaunchBox providing business advice and connecting startups to the resources, experts, and support they need to de-risk their business and accelerate their entry to market. As a serial entrepreneur in a previous live, Lee has worked with 100’s... Read More →

Wednesday November 20, 2019 12:20pm - 1:10pm EST
Wiestling Student Center
 
Thursday, November 21
 

5:30pm EST

Risk, Opportunity & Reward - “Bridging the Gap between Engineering & Ecology”
For two decades, WallacePancherGroup has completed hundreds of projects, both big and small, for a wide array of clients. From their humble beginnings, they have grown their firm with the core vision of “Bridging the Gap between Engineering & Ecology.”

Today, more than 40 professionals across five offices follow the same vision to efficiently complete complex, multidisciplinary projects. These professionals include engineers, scientists, and landscape architects working closely together to deliver projects on time and on budget.

WallacePancherGroup has built a tradition of quality and proactive customer service that adds to the positive customer experience that they have become well recognized for in the industries that they serve.

Speakers
avatar for Dan Wallace

Dan Wallace

Owner/Founder, WallacePancher Group
Dan Wallace is co-owner of WallacePancher Group and is the lead for the company’s civil engineering activities. He has nearly 30 years of planning and design experience in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia on residential and commercial land development and transportation projects... Read More →


Thursday November 21, 2019 5:30pm - 7:30pm EST
VenturePointe at the e-Center @ LindenPointe 3580 Innovation Way, Hermitage, PA 16148