Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) Penn State, scheduled for November 13-19, is a week-long event in which the university and the local community collaborate to promote entrepreneurs, local startups, It features presentations, workshops, and networking opportunities for innovators and interested parties. Think outside the box. You don't need to be affiliated with Penn State, and most events are free and open to the public.
Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Center (SBDC), this year's Global Entrepreneurship Week events span the four counties in the Center's service area, including Center, Clinton, Mifflin, and Lycoming counties, as well as Pennsylvanians across the country. Held in the state university campus community. state. This week's event offers a wide range of workshops and networking opportunities to help small business owners and entrepreneurs move their companies and innovative ideas forward.
“Penn State Global Entrepreneurship Week continues to empower both seasoned entrepreneurs and emerging visionaries to drive innovation and make lasting impact,” said Tim Keohane, Penn State SBDC director. “We foster meaningful connections between the people who strive to create.” “This year, we are excited to host events across our four-county service area and focus on networking between the local community businesses we support.This year’s event roster includes: Education, Ecosystems, Inclusion, and Policy.”
Visit the Global Entrepreneurship Week Penn State schedule for a complete schedule of events at all participating Penn State campuses, as well as opportunities to participate virtually. Notable Global Entrepreneurship Week events in Pennsylvania include:
Avoid credit and debt disasters for small businesses
Tuesday, November 14th, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., MCS Bank, 100 Commerce Drive, Milroy, PA 17063
Aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners can gain important insight into credit and debt management. Peter Ort, senior vice president and chief operating officer of his MCS Bank in Milroy, Pennsylvania, will be your speaker and your business will learn the keys to loan approval, credit optimization, and financial success. Registration is required for this hybrid event, held in partnership with MCS Bank.
Community networking event (CBICC outside business hours)
Tuesday, November 14th, 5-7pm, Eric J. Barron Innovation Hub, 123 S. Burrowes St, State College, PA 16801
Network and foster community connections during this evening event. Explore the state-of-the-art Eric J. Barron Innovation Hub in downtown State College. This dynamic 85,000 square foot building is home to Happy Valley LaunchBox, powered by PNC Bank and OriginLabs. Enjoy complimentary food and drinks from local vendors while interacting with local entrepreneurs and innovators. Registration is required for this in-person event. This event is free to both Center County Chamber of Commerce (CBICC) and non-CBICC members and is hosted in partnership with CBICC, Women's Networking Group (WiNGS), and Center Regional Entrepreneurs Network (CREN).
What happens when you fail? Resilience, identity, and failure in entrepreneurial ventures.
Wednesday, November 15th, noon-1pm at the Eric J. Barron Innovation Hub
Join Tom Katona and Sarah Zappe for an interactive session that explores the complex realities of failure in entrepreneurship. Based on an NSF-funded project, this event is essential for aspiring entrepreneurs as it delves into the impact of business failure on mental health and provides insight into both harmful and protective factors. It is also valuable for teachers who teach entrepreneurship. Registration is required for this hybrid event.
Digital Marketing Blueprint Series: Creating Video Content for Small Businesses
Wednesday, November 15th, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, The Gamble Mill, 160 Dunlop Street, Bellefonte, PA 16823
Attend this workshop featuring guest speakers Corey Beasley and Casey Walke to discover the potential of video marketing in today's digital environment. Whether you're a beginner or looking to up your video marketing game, this session will give small business owners everything they need to increase brand awareness, attract customers, and increase sales. provide unique skills and insight. Registration is required for this hybrid event.
Grow your business in the PA wilderness
Thursday, November 16th 4-5pm, Oregon Hill Winery, 67 Reservoir Road, McElhattan, PA 17748
Entrepreneurs in the Pennsylvania Wild region can attend this event and receive informative in-person sessions. Discover valuable resources and opportunities for business growth in this picturesque 13-county region, network with like-minded people, and enjoy refreshments provided by Pearl's Cafe on Main. Registration is required for this in-person event, held in partnership with PA Wilds, Innovative Manufacturers' Center (IMC), and SEDA-COG.
Lycoming Business Connect: Resources and Networking Events
Thursday, November 16th from 5:30pm to 7pm at Pajama Factory, 1307 Park Avenue, Williamsport, PA 17701
This event brings together local community and Pennsylvania resources to empower Lycoming County business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs, providing valuable support and guidance on their business journeys. Featuring a diverse group of organizations, this event is an opportunity to grow your business aspirations and connect with valuable resources for success. Registration is required for this in-person event.
Other events designed to inspire entrepreneurs include “Basic Legal Considerations for Startups and Small Businesses,” hosted by the Pennsylvania Legal Entrepreneurial Assistance Clinic and the Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program ( “Developing Innovative Thinking for Manufacturers,'' hosted by PennTAP.
Penn State campus-wide events include Top 5 of 25 Speaker Series: Is My Business Bankable?, hosted by Altoona LaunchBox, supported by the Hite Family and Sheetz Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence, and Business, supported by Hazelton LaunchBox Contains Model Canvas 101. Lehigh Valley LaunchBox presented by Pasco L. Schiavo, Esq. Pennsylvania State University.
Global Entrepreneurship Week celebrates entrepreneurs from over 180 countries around the world, helping them break down cultural barriers and reach new audiences. Each November, nearly 10 million people participate in tens of thousands of activities, competitions and events that inspire action and provide the knowledge, experiences and connections they need to succeed.
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About Invent Pennsylvania
Invent Penn State is a Commonwealth-wide effort to promote economic development, job creation, and student career success. Invent Penn State combines academic programs focused on entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial training and incubation, commercialization financing, and university/community/industry collaboration to bring research discoveries to the people of Pennsylvania. and facilitate the difficult process of turning them into valuable products and services that benefit humanity.
Global Entrepreneurship Week Penn State partners with Invent Penn State to help advance the school's mission of economic development, student career success, and job creation.
This project was partially funded by a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.
About Penn State SBDC
Financial support and resources are provided through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. Supported in part by Penn State University and Lock Haven University. All services are provided to the public on a non-discriminatory basis. SBDC services are not available to individuals or entities that have been disbarred or suspended by the federal government.
The SBDC is sponsored by major universities, colleges, state economic development agencies, and private partners, and is funded in part by the U.S. Congress through a partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration. There are nearly 1,000 local centers offering free business consulting and low-cost training to new and existing businesses. The Penn State SBDC serves Center, Clinton, Lycoming, and Mifflin counties in central Pennsylvania.