li­on­launch helps launch busi­nesses

The Republican Herald - - BUSINESS -

SCHUYLKILL HAVEN — Peo­ple are be­ing in­vited to strengthen their busi­ness skills by at­tend­ing “in­for­ma­tion- packed pro­grams” via Penn State Schuylkill Li­on­Launch.

Li­on­launch will present a com­pre­hen­sive busi­ness plan writ­ing pro­gram with Sa

vas Lo­go­the­tides, owner of Wheel restau­rant, Pottsville, and ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Pottsville Area De­vel­op­ment Corp. The pro­gram will be avail­able in two ses­sions, 6 to 8 p. m. Feb. 4 and 11 at the Li­on­launch In­no­va­tion Hub, Schuylkill Haven.

Lo­go­the­tides will “show you step- by- step how to for­mu­late your own busi­ness plan start­ing with the ex­ec­u­tive sum­mary,” ac­cord­ing to the flier. “He will break down each sec­tion of a busi­ness plan and show you how each of those sec­tions strate­gi­cally in­forms an­other.”

Peo­ple may reg­is­ter now for $ 40 by vis­it­ing sl. psu. edu/ in­no­va­tion­hub.

Other Li­on­launch ef­forts in­clude:

· A Google Wabi­nar at 2 p. m. Thurs­day — “Join from any­where.” It is part of a cel­e­bra­tion of Global En­tre­pre­neur Week and Li­on­launch will team with Randi Pen­fil, speaker for Google’s “Get Your Busi­ness On­line” pro­gram, to help peo­ple un­der­stand “the ins and outs of this on­line gi­ant so you can take full ad­van­tage of what it of­fers.” Pen­fil will in­tro­duce tools that can help in­clud­ing Google An­a­lyt­ics and Google Trends. Con­tact Li­on­Launch for more.

· Em­ployee Re­ten­tion: Men­tor­ing for the Mil­len­ni­als, 11: 30 a. m. to 1 p. m. Nov. 19 with Ceil Micha­lik, pres­i­dent of Micha­lik Con­sult­ing LLC, Schuylkill Haven, who will ex­plain why men­tor­ing im­proves busi­ness acu­men, emo­tional in­tel­li­gence and self- dis­ci­pline and pro­vides a safe sound­ing board for test­ing ideas and plans.

· Dig­i­tal Mar­ket­ing 101: Break­ing it Down to En­joy a Suc­cess­ful On­line Ride, 11: 30 a. m. to 1 p. m. Dec. 10 with Scott Wil­liams, owner of Cotts Inc. and cre­ator of Skoocal. He is a Li­on­Launch busi­ness plan com­pe­ti­tion win­ner and fo­cuses on dig­i­tal mar­ket­ing, break­ing it down so peo­ple can take full ad­van­tage of what is avail­able.

The reg­is­tra­tion fees are $ 12 and in­clude lunch. Co­or­di­na­tor Su­san Wil­liams can be reached by call­ing 570- 385- 6065 or email­ing sxw831@ psu. edu. More also is avail­able on­line at schuylkill. psu. edu/ ex­pert­slunch.

Penn State Schuylkill Li­on­launch is part of the univer­sity’s statewide ini­tia­tive, In­vent Penn State, aimed at spurring eco­nomic growth through­out Penn­syl­va­nia, ac­cord­ing to a Li­on­launch flier.

Li­on­launch, with the sup­port of com­mu­nity part­ners, is help­ing Schuylkill County en­trepreneurs and busi­ness pro­fes­sion­als find re­sources and in­for­ma­tion they need to be­come suc­cess­ful, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease.

So far, Li­on­launch has helped start 14 new busi­nesses in Schuylkill County and awarded $ 47,000 in seed money to en­trepreneurs, ac­cord­ing to the flier.

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