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Wednesday, November 19 • 11:45am - 1:00pm
Women's Entrepreneurship Luncheon--By invitation only LIMITED

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Invited community leaders and Penn State faculty, staff, and students will lunch with successful woman entrepreneurs who will lead discussions at each table.  The woman entrepreneur that Centre County’s new Athena PowerLink program has selected to mentor this year will be announced at this luncheon.

Allison Kurtz will host a table discussion on "The Importance of Work Life Balance"
Judy Loy will host a discussion on  "Lean-in:  What Does it Take to be Successful as a Business Woman?"
Colleen Small's topic for discussion will be "How I Built my Business"
Lee Erickson's table will discuss "10 Ways Women can Undermine their Credibility (Without Knowing it)"
Taylor Mitcham's table topic is "Obstacles and Opportunities for Young Entrepreneurs"
Sandy Hood's will lead a discussion titled "Rock the Boat. Make a Big Splash. But Be a Lady."
By invitation only.  Please contact Leslie Demmert at lmd24@psu.edu at the Penn State SBDC (814) 863-4923 for information.

Room 201 State College Borough Building, 243 Allen St

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Heather Fennessey

Director, Penn State SBDC
Heather Fennessey, PE, Penn State SBDC Director, works with a wonderful business and technical team at Penn State that helps more than 800 businesses across the Commonwealth to create jobs, increase revenues, and improve operations. While those businesses are accelerated, the programs help to improve the education of more than 5,000 Penn State students annually through engaged scholarship and service learning opportunities. Since we are based... Read More →

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Lee Erickson

Penn State College of IST
Lee teaches digital entrepreneurship classes in the College of IST and is responsible for developing curriculum, activities, and events for aspiring entrepreneurs. Prior to joining IST, Lee was co-founder and CEO of Erickson Barnett (EB) a full-service marketing agency specializing in B2B technology marketing. Clients included AT&T, New Enterprise Associates, Columbia Capital, VeriSign, and The Kauffman Foundation. In 2007, Lee created a... Read More →
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Sandy Hood

President and Co Owner for 25 years of HoodCo and Total Door a commercial business specializing in supplying and installing all types of commercial doors, frames and hardware. Certified as an Economically Disadvantaged Woman Owned Small Business through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the Federal Government Graduate of Russell Sage College in Troy, NY with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Company has supplied products for... Read More →
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Allison Kurtz

President, Ameron Construction
Alison Kurtz is president of Ameron Construction Company, an employee owned business specializing in excavation, site development and utility installation. Born in Iowa but raised in Centre County, she received her BS in Business Management from Penn State and has been with Ameron since 1991. | Alison is active in the community, serving as the first female President of the Builders Association, a trade association with over 350 members. She... Read More →
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Judy Loy

CEO, Nestlerode & Loy, Inc.
Judy was raised near Pittsburgh and graduated Penn State University in 1992.  Two days after graduation, she started working at Nestlerode & Co., Inc. as an administrative assistant and in 1994 married State College local, Steve Loy.  The firm was renamed Nestlerode & Loy, Inc. in 2005 and Judy became CEO in July of 2008.     Education Graduate of Pennsylvania State University Graduated from Wharton’s... Read More →
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Taylor Mitcham

Founder and Owner, Simple Car Wash
Taylor Mitcham is the founder and owner of Simple Car Wash, which has brought the revolutionary concept of waterless car washes to Centre County, Pennsylvania. | The idea of Simple Car Wash came to Taylor as she was trying to find a way to wash her car. Waterless car washes were popular at home in California, but she noticed that there were no waterless car wash resources in Centre County. | After trying the waterless products on her own car, she... Read More →
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Colleen Small

The UPS Store across from Wegmans
Colleen Small is the owner and operator of The UPS Store’s #5642, #6512 located in State College & Altoona, PA. Colleen made a dream come true when she opened her store 9 years ago. Since that time she has won several awards through The UPS Store and through the Chamber of Business and Industry in Centre County. She is passionate about providing exceptional customer service and passes that passion onto her staff. Colleen’s goal is... Read More →

Wednesday November 19, 2014 11:45am - 1:00pm
State College Borough Building 243 S Allen St, State College, PA 16801
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  • Tags SBDC, Women

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