November 14, 2016
West Chester University is participating in Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) 2016 Nov. 14 – Nov. 18 with five days of events for those who want to start their own businesses or are doing so. All are free and open to the public.
GEW programs are organized by the University's Dr. Edwin Cottrell Entrepreneurial Leadership Center, a catalyst for regional economic development that offers resources and assistance for local entrepreneurs. The center supports WCU students as well, encouraging their business creativity and inspiring them "to engage in entrepreneurial ventures by exposing them firsthand to entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial environments."
Students with dreams of starting their own businesses met Monday, Nov. 14, for conversation over a brown bag lunch and for an afternoon panel with young alumni entrepreneurs Kevin McGarvey, founder of All Out Sealcoat, and Joshua Rudley, a graduate student in the College of Business and Public Management, who is preparing to launch a company. McGarvey was active in the Entrepreneurial Leadership Center during his student years and took advantage of its resources for his startup.
On Tuesday, Nov. 15, Registered Patent Agent Scott Keeley will discuss patents from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in Sykes Ballroom C. Keeley has 12 years of experience in intellectual property and has engineered products from guitars to wind turbines, with "green" energy powering much of his innovative output.
Wednesday, Nov. 16, is Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Day featuring a lunchtime presentation by Brian Ivey '93, GIS Manager for the City of Philadelphia. The session is cohosted with the WCU Department of Geography and Planning. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Sykes Ballrooms A and B.
Thursday, Nov. 17, Funding your business: Angels, bank loans, bootstrapping, crowd funding, & more, 2 to 3pm, Sykes Ballroom C
There are two sessions on Friday, Nov. 18. At an idea coaching session from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, participants can meet with a coach in person, or talk with them by email or by phone in Anderson 323. And those who have are interested in boosting their sales can attend a session on Generating Sales Through Effective Communications, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Graduate Center, Room 126.
The Cottrell Center is currently located at the Graduate Center. It will move to the new Business and Public Management Center in December.
WCU began celebrating GEW in 2013. During one week each November, GEW inspires people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators. GEW is celebrated in 160 countries as the flagship campaign of the Global Entrepreneurship Network.