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Entrepreneurship Week Wednesday Events

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Entrepreneurial Student Marketplace - McFarland Student Union Lobby, 10:00 a.m. - 2 p.m.

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 MSU 218 before the Women's Panel and Networking Luncheon. 

Women's Panel and Networking Luncheon - McFarland Student Union 218. 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

The women from Northeastern Berk's Chamber of Commerce will be discussing how to drive towards entrepreneurial success. They will be focused on entrepreneurial success, strategies, and tools.   Register   (Registration required)

Lori B. Donofrio-Galley is the Exectuive
Director, Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce.  Lori graduated Cum Laude from Elizabethtown College with a BA in English and Communication Arts.  During the second phase of her career, she has held successful leadership positions within the non-profit sector.  Lori was the Executive Director of Elizabethtown Preservation Associates, Elizabethtown, PA, and Development Director at both Berks Women in Crisis, Reading, PA, and Aarons Acres, Lancaster, PA.
Diane M. Klinger is the President and Founder of Integrity Service and Solutions.  She is responsible for leading the Human Resources Advisory Solutions division.  Diane servces on the Board of Directors for Bernville Area Community Library and is the founder of Shine the Light, a non-profit organization in memory of her son.
Jennifer Brown Wegman is the Founder of Insight Information Solutions, LLC.  As an experienced MBA-level business development and investment banking analyst turned Business Development Specialist, Jennifer leverages her research and data analysis background to help entrepreneurs to build profitable, sustainable business via P.U.L.S.E.  Market Research and Growth Catalyst Cycle Business Development systems.
Marie Moser is the Founder/CEO of East Pointe Search Group, INC., "The Direct Hire Solution".  She is responsible for company operations and recruitment of talent for clients within the small business, large corporation and non-profit industries.  Utilizing her prior experiences of 10 years within the staffing and recruiting industry, Marie opened her own recruiting firm in September of 2009.
Heather Uczynski is a business psychologist and executive coach.  In 2010, she founded Leading Edge Business Consulting as a result of a variety of frustrating workplace experiences.  Heather is passionate about the importance of the emotionally healthy and humane workplace and its impact on productivity and profits.  She provides executive coaching primarily in corporate settings, and can assist any size organization in making smart hiring and promotion decisions that stick.
Annette Faust is the owner and CEO of Celebrate Together Event Professionals, LLC.  After raising 3 children to adulthood, she started planning for the launch of her "Second Act" shortly after her 50th birthday.  Not surprisingly, this adventure was born.  Celebrate Together Event Professionals, LLC, is a budget friendly event design and decor rental business in Blandon, PA.
Adrean Turner is a Certified Coach, Speaker, Corporate Trainer and Business Consultant.  As owner of Turner Coaching, Training and Consulting, LLC, she uses 23 years of experience in management, marketing, operations, sales, teaching and training to provide workforce solutions and career management services.  Adrean is the author of a newly published book, "F.I.T. for Success:  Fearless, Inspired, Transformed for Success", which is based on her syndicated podcast, provides strategies for personal and professional development.  She is a Master Coach, with The Muse selected 1 of 28 coaches out of 3,000 applicants, the Training Manager for the Tri-County Community Network and Instructor for Chambers thoughtout PA.

Family Business Panel - Boehm Science Center, Room 145, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.   

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

Michael Fromm is CEO and majority
shareholder of Fromm Electric Supply Corporation.  A third generation descendent of the company's founder, Michael has spent the last twenty-five years navigating Fromm through leadership succession, multiple acquisitions, good and bad economies, and has built his family business into a leading distributor of electrical products that sells to regional, national and international customers.  An alumnus of the University of Michigan, Michael joined Fromm in 1992, became president in 1997 and received the Electrical Industry's Rising Star Award in 1998.  In 2009, he transferred his day-to-day management duties to a non-family member and currently focuses on strategic planning, business development and trade relations.  He recently oversaw the launch of an export division that distributes construction products in the Caribbean Islands. 
Michael McCarthy grew up in a retail and wholesale dry goods business that operated in the same location for over 100 years.  After graduating from the University of Notre Dame he began a career in the Navy Suppy Corps with increasingly responsible positions, including two commands.  The bulk of his career involved procurement, particularly contracting, assessing a bidder's ability to perform and negotiating changes and resolving disputes.  This kept him involved with a wide variety of industries, manufacturing in aerospace, electronics and technology, transportation, as well as services in engineering, design and fleet support.  Mike returned to Reading, working and consulting on economic development matters and business and organizational improvement initiatives, a long-standing interest.  In early 2016, he joined Marathon Capital Advisors, an award-winning affiliate of VR and M&A Advisors & Business Brokers.
Missy Wilson is partner in Blair Vineyards LLC with her four siblings and parents.  Growing up in rural Berks County and going to college at Bucknell University in rural Lewisburg led her to move to the Washington, D.C. area after graduation with her BS in Mathematics.  After four years working in an accounting department, she moved back to Berks County to help in the day to day operation of Blair Vineyards.  In the time since, Blair Vineyards has expanded and opened a new tasting room just north of Kutztown.  Now growing just over 30 acres of grapes, they are working their way to becoming an Estate Grown winery.  Her current project is working on rebranding the wines under a new label of Setter Ridge Vineyards.
Chris Edward Pruitt currently serves as President/CEO of East Penn Manufacturing Co., Inc., manufacturer of Deka Batteries.  East Penn Manufacturing is the largest privately held battery manufacturer in the world with over 9,400 employees.  Chris also serves on the Board of Directors of East Penn Manufacturing Co. and the company's Family Council and Foundation.  He has been with the company since May of 1994.  He joined East Penn as the Controller and has held numerous financial positions, including Chief Financial Officer.
Harry Ciavarella has been in the banking industry for eighteen years.  After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh, Harry began his career in banking through the consumer lending division of PNC and led their division for three years.  He then subsequently moved from Pittsburgh to Northeastern PA to start his family.  Harry has been with M&T since 2010 and currently serves:  Lehigh/Northampton/Berks and Schuylkill counties.  He is responsible for managing commercial bank clients, growing commercial banking market share and mentoring new hires within M&T Bank's commercial division.