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Penn State president Eric J. Barron cuts the ribbon at Penn State Schuylkill's LionLaunch Innovation Hub opening.

Penn State Schuylkill’s LionLaunch Innovation Hub celebrates opening

Penn State Schuylkill has opened its LionLaunch Innovation Hub, a space for entrepreneurs to start or grow their small business. This space is funded by Invent Penn State, a Commonwealth-wide initiative to spur economic development, job creation and student career success.
Schuylkill Business Plan Competition winners

BPC Winners

Penn State Schuylkill LionLaunch Competition turned dreams into reality for seven teams that earned seed funding to grow or strengthen their small businesses. Winning teams include (sitting from left): Mariann Young, Beauty and the Beads; Karen Shiffert and Stacey Lehman, Caregivers Aide, LLC. Standing from left: Joe Medica, On Target Archery; Andrew Savakinas, Parts Online Network; Carmen Cicioni, Car Men Restorations; John Matulevich, Ruthless Athletics; Jamie Anczarski and Joseph Anczarski, Analog Archaeology. 

Mariann Young explains how she plans to expand her business, Beauty and the Beads.

Mariann Young

Mariann Young explains how she plans to expand her business, Beauty and the Beads.

Carmen Cicioni pitches his business, Car Men Restorations.

Carmen Cicioni

Carmen Cicioni pitches his business, Car Men Restorations, to the panel of judges.

Karen Shiffert and Stacey Lehman pitch their new business, Caregivers Aide

Participants pitch assistance aide

Karen Shiffert and Stacey Lehman pitch their new business, Caregivers Aide.

The judges panel listens to a pitch from one of the Lion Launch participants.

Business Plan Competition judges panel

Members of the judges panel enjoy listening to the interesting business plan pitches at the competition at Penn State Schuylkill that was held March 1.

Carmen Cicioni presents his business plan on Car Men Restorations.

Business Plan Competition helps local entrepreneurs

The entrepreneurial spirit is thriving in Schuylkill County. Specialty car restorations, analog-to-digital conversions and restorations, and a new local archery range were among the innovations on display at Penn State Schuylkill’s successful inaugural Business Plan Competition held on March 1.

Award recipients

Penn State Schuylkill LionLaunch helps entrepreneurs grow or start businesses

The entrepreneurial spirit is thriving in Schuylkill County. Specialty car restorations, analog-to-digital conversions and restorations, and a new local archery range were among the innovations on display at Penn State Schuylkill’s successful inaugural Business Plan Competition.
Russ Hoke addresses participants before introducing panelists

Schuylkill entrepreneurship program completes phase one, now offers seed money

Penn State Schuylkill's premiere entrepreneurship initiative, LionLaunch, has successfully completed its first stage, now offering seed money for community members interested in expanding their current small business or opening a new one.

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