Penn State to hold weeklong Entrepreneurship Series

Penn State will be participating in Global Entrepreneurship Week for the second consecutive year this November with a week filled with panels, workshops and seminars aimed at expanding students’ entrepreneurial skills.

Penn State’s participation in Global Entrepreneurship Week, which runs from Nov. 15-21, is coordinated by the Penn State Small Business Development Center (SBDC), a part of Penn State Outreach.

“The week is geared toward teaching students about entrepreneurship and showing them the resources available to them here at Penn State,” said Heather Fennessey, director of the Penn State SBDC. “Participation in Global Entrepreneurship Week is critical if we want to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs.”

Highlights from this year’s events include the seminars: “First Step to Starting a Business,” “Second Step to Starting a Business,” and “Doing Business with the Commonwealth.” All three, offered by the SBDC, cover a wide range of topics related to starting a business in the state of Pennsylvania. The seminars are free to students with a Penn State student ID.

In addition, the College of Communications will host a media panel, “Be Enterprising for Career Success,” on Monday, Nov. 15th. Communications alumni Jared Romesburg, owner of Romesburg Media Group, and Jason Brewer, CEO of Brolik Productions Inc., will speak at the panel along with other Penn State faculty and students.

The Penn State Entrepreneurs Network (PSEN) will also host an event during the week. PSEN will showcase student ventures and inventions at an interactive event on Wednesday night.

Global Entrepreneurship Week launched in 2008 with the mission, “Inspire, Connect, Mentor, and Engage.” Organizers believe the week’s global events will empower youth to find solutions to problems facing society.

For a complete schedule of Penn State events, students can visit or find it on Facebook at “Global Entrepreneurship Week at Penn State.”

The Penn State Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is part of a nationwide network of more than 1,000 centers. The Penn State SBDC provides free business assistance to small firms and business start-ups in Centre and Mifflin counties, enabling them to compete and grow in today’s highly competitive global economy. Penn State SBDC is part of Penn State Outreach, the largest unified outreach organization in American higher education. Penn State Outreach serves more than 5 million people each year, delivering more than 2,000 programs to people in all 67 Pennsylvania counties, all 50 states and 114 countries worldwide.

Last Updated November 18, 2010