November 16-20, 2020
Global Entrepreneurship Week is Penn State's yearly celebration of the innovation achieved when members of the University and the local entrepreneurial communities come together.
Throughout the week, we offered free virtual presentations, workshops, and networking opportunities geared to entrepreneurs, students, local startups, innovators, and anyone interested in exploring their potential.
Browse our programs below or check out other opportunities hosted by the Hazleton LaunchBox supported by Pasco L. Schiavo, Esq.
This speaker for this series was business consultant Lucy E. Singer of the Wilkes University Small Business Development Center (SBDC). Singer specializes in preparing comprehensive business plans that include financial forecasts and marketing research. In addition, she provides general management and start up assistance, as well as instructing educational programs and training seminars for the SBDC.
Feasibility, Structure, Licensing and Registration
Tuesday, Nov. 10 — 5-6:30 p.m.
Have you dreamed of being your own boss for many years but don't know where to start? Do you ask questions like, “How do I turn my good idea into a successful business?” “What is the feasibility of my business idea?” “What kind of forms and licenses do I need?” “Where is the best place to open my business?” Learn the basics of starting and successfully operating your own business.
Preparing a Business Plan and Financial Projections
Tuesday, Nov. 17 — 5-6:30 p.m.
The best way to prevent business failure is to plan your business properly from the start. This workshop assists entrepreneurs in starting down the path to successful business ownership by learning the steps to successfully prepare a business plan and financial projections.
Brands and Fans
Building Fan Engagement: LEGO Masters
Tuesday, Nov. 17 — 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Most businesses choose to find customers via product development and promotion of those products. More and more however, business is starting to integrate the two. What if, instead of promoting a new product, the product was the promotion? This shift in perspective opens up new channels for creating fanatics of our business, rather than just customers.
In this livestream we chat with two recent competitors from the LEGO Masters show that aired on FOC in the spring of 2020, Flynn DeMarco and Richard Board. This event was hosted in partnership with the Abington LaunchBox.
- This free event was livestreamed on the Abington LaunchBox YouTube channel.
Entrepreneurial Essential Skills Series
This series featured speaker Dennis E. Gilbert, president of Appreciative Strategies, LLC.
Gilbert is an author, consultant and Penn State alumnus with more than 30 years of business and educational expertise.
Founded in 2006, Appreciate Strategies is a consulting, training, and human performance improvement solutions company.
Tuesday, Nov. 17 — 6-7 p.m.
Entrepreneurs may often struggle to achieve efficiency. They may be unsure of how juggle priorities and deadline. In this session, you'll discover key points that will help you master turning chaos into something more manageable, such as:
- Avoiding procrastination
- Identifying time wasters
- Understanding critical tasks
Essential Communication Skills for Entrepreneurs
Friday, Nov. 20 — noon
For today's entrepreneur, effective communication could be the difference between success and failure. In this session, you'll discover how you can craft valuable business relationships by developing strong communication skills. Highlights include:
- Creating positive first impressions
- The value and importance of listening (including a mini-assessment)
- Use of positive and constructive language
Enhancing Customer Discovery
Tuesday, Nov. 24 — 6-7 p.m.
You have a grasp on where you are headed, but who is your customer and what do they really need? Many entrepreneurs master a product or service only to discover that earning customers is the hardest job of all. This session will help you examine the aspects of questioning techniques and consultative selling as it relates to entrepreneur success. Highlights include:
- Using great questions
- Understanding wants vs. needs
- Three communications dynamics, word traps and the golden question