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Presenter Aimee Eckley, interactive media director of The Republican Herald and Shamrock Digital Group, has over 19 years of experience working with small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). She’ll share the best tips and ready-to-implement strategies you’ll need to make marketing successful!

2019 Business Plan Competition Participants

The most recent Business Plan Competition occurred in spring 2019 in Penn State Schuylkill's John E. Morgan Auditorium. The competition attracted five participants, four of whom were awarded startup funds for their small businesses.

From left to right:

  • Angel Cicero, Cicero's Crafts
  • Lillian Stoyer, Project 4 Love
  • Erin Portland, Schuylkill Grantworks, LLC
  • Stephen Goodale, Noteworthy Automation
  • Devon Paderewski, Greenway Apiaries

2017 Business Plan Competition Winners

In March of 2017, Penn State Schuylkill hosted its first Business Plan Competition, awarding start-up funds to seven of ten competitors.

Top row, from left to right:

  • Joe Medica, On Target Archery
  • Andrew Savakinas, Parts Online Network
  • Carmen Cicioni, Car Men Restorations
  • John Matulevich, Ruthless Athletics
  • Jamie and Joseph Anczarski, Analog Archaeology

Bottom row, from left to right:

  • Mariann Young, Beauty and the Beads
  • Karen Shiffert and Stacey Lehman, Caregivers Aide, LLC

Startup Week challenges to showcase entrepreneurs and change makers

Entrepreneurs across the University will pitch their business ideas and create inventive solutions to common problems through a series of competitions and challenges held during Penn State Startup Week from April 1-5. The challenges are at the heart of Startup Week’s mission of teaching and inspiring participants to make innovation a part of their lives, communities and careers, either by starting their own companies or bringing a problem-solving approach to established organizations.

Penn State Schuylkill’s LionLaunch Business Plan Competition slated for March 15

Penn State Schuylkill's LionLaunch Business Plan Competition is slated to occur March 15. This event allows local and campus community members to pitch their business ideas for a chance to win up to $5,000 in seed money. This project is made possible by Invent Penn State, a University-wide initiative that aims to foster entrepreneurial growth within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Gov. Wolf at Schuylkill campus

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, right, visited Penn State Schuylkill's LionLaunch Innovation Hub on Friday, Jan. 12. The hub serves as a co-working space for innovators on campus and in the local community. The governor's visit was designed to highlight entrepreneurship opportunities in Pennsylvania. While on campus, Wolf met with students, entrepreneurs and business mentors who have benefited from the co-working space.