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Entrepreneurship Day 2018

November 2, 2018 @ 7:45 am - 3:00 pm

7:45-8:30 a.m Registration, Networking & Continental Breakfast
 8:30-8:40 a.m. Welcome & Announcements
Kathleen Borbee
Associate Professor of Business Administration & Economics
Co-Chair, Launch Your Business!
 8:40-9:25 a.m. Launch Your Business!: Our Vision
Stuart & Chip Weismiller, Everyday Entrepreneur Venture Fund
 9:30-10:15 a.m. Lauren Dixon, Chief Executive Officer, Dixon Schwabl and Chair, MCC Foundation Board of Directors
 10:15-10:30 a.m. Break: Networking & Exhibits
2nd Floor Corridor
 10:30-11:30 a.m. Launch Your Business! Challenge
Winners Announcement & Elevator Pitches
 11:30a.m.-12:15 p.m. Lunch Pick Up & Networking Break
 12:15-1:00 p.m. Keynote Presentation
Creating YOUR Entrepreneurial DNA: What it Takes to Establish Your Unique Footprint in Business
Sonya Allen, owner, Sonya Allen Interiors
1:00-1:05 p.m. Housekeeping & Closing Remarks
 1:15-2:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions
Three sessions from which to choose:

A. Moving Real Ideas towards Real Companies Workshop
Room 350, 3rd Floor

What great business idea do you have? How do you know it’s a good idea? How do you turn that grand idea into a real business? Mark Wilson will lead you through a process to help you answer these questions and more.

  • Mark Wilson, co-founder, Networks, LLC

B. Resource Panel
Room 354, 3rd Floor

If you are in business or planning to start a new business, where can you go to get helpful information and assistance? You made need help developing your marketing or business plan. You may be looking for a mentor or are considering starting a nonprofit organization.  Come and hear from representatives from SCORE, the Small Business Development Center, City of Rochester and Institute for Social Entrepreneurship.

  • David Dey, Institute for Social Entrepreneurship
  • Jan Pisanczyn, Small Business Development Council
  • Arthur Roberts, SCORE
  • Brad Willows, Office of Community Wealth Building

C.  Funding Panel
Room 356, 3rd Floor

Do you need financial assistance to start or grow your business? Come to this panel discussion to learn about the organizations that are making micro loans to small business. You will hear from representatives from Kiva, Venture Jobs Foundation and PathStone’s Enterprise Center.

  • John McDermott, Venture Jobs Foundation
  • Hubert Van Tol, PathStone Enterprise Center
  • Amy Ventura, Kiva Rochester
 2:00-3:00 p.m. Networking Reception
7th Floor, MCC Economic and Workforce Development Center


November 2, 2018
7:45 am - 3:00 pm


Monroe Community College
1000 E. Henrietta Road
Rochester, NY 14623 United States
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