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Entrepreneurship Week


You are invited to join us for fun and educational activities designed to inspire the entrepreneur in all of us. 

View highlights of the Entrepreneurship Week Speakers Event:

Kutztown University will host Entrepreneurship Week, a week full of activities of interest to students and community business people alike. The events are free and open to the public, and will be held from Tues. March 27 to Thurs. March 29th, 2018.  Admire the determination and share encouraging thoughts with fledgling student entrepreneurs sharing their talents and products for the first time. Learn how social media and social entrepreneurship is changing the business environment. Network with panelists and students with a variety of experiences, interests and talents.

The list of activities includes:

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 
Keynote Speaker, John Weidenhammer, President of Weidenhammer and Lehigh Valley Business Executive of the Year for 2017.  Academic Forum 200, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.    Register

Think Like An Entrepreneur.  Hear how one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the Lehigh Valley/Berks County area has used an entrepreneurial mindset to build a nationaly known information technology consulting firm and brought the same framework  to advance not-for-profit community organizations.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 
Entrepreneurial Student Marketplace, McFarland Student Union Building Lobby, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (Areas A, B, and C)

The Entrepreneurial Student Marketplace features Kutztown University student's small businesses or service projects.  This is an opportunity for them to showcase their businesses and sell their products.  Students will be located outside of the McFarland Student Union Building room 218 before the Women's Panel and Networking Luncheon.

Women's Panel & Networking Luncheon, McFarland Student Union Building 218, panel 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., luncheon 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.   Register

The women from Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce will be discussing how to drive towards entrepreneurial success.  They will be focused on entrepreneurial success, strategies and tools.

Family Business Panel, Boehm 145, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.   Register

Successful family business owners from Berks County will be giving their advice and expertise on the steps it takes to owning a family business.

Thursday, March 29, 2018  
Student Entrepreneur Panel, Academic Forum 200, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Meet student innovators who are in the process of bringing creative new ideas to life.  Members of the panel will discuss their experiences and provide insight and advice.

First Steps to Starting a Business facilitated by Ernie Post, Executive Director of Kutztown SBDC.  Room 250 in McFarland Student Union Building, 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.   Register

Attendees will learn how to build unique lifestyle requirements involved in owning a business, how to assess the feasibility of their business idea, learn the differences between business organization structures, how to develop a business plan and how to obtain financing and the necessary applications and licenses needed to start their company.

Social Media & Ecommerce Workshop facilitated by SBDC Grad Assistants, Gabriella Smith & John Merlino.  Several local business panelists.  250 in McFarland Student Union Building, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.   Register

Attendees will learn the impact Social Media has on their business and which platforms they should be utilizing for success.