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News & Announcements
Don't forget to shop small & support local businesses this holiday season!
This year, we know that small businesses need our support now more than ever as they navigate, retool and pivot from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Please join the SBA and organizations across the country in supporting your local small businesses by shopping at a small business. 
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Graduate Positions Open at LaunchNET
LaunchNET is hiring for 3 graduate level associates to support our work.

1. Measurement and Evaluation Associate
The Measurement and Evaluation Associate will work with LaunchNET staff to develop measurement tools for LaunchNET advising and programs. 

2. Marketing Associate
The LaunchNET marketing associate will create new marketing and social media content, under the strategic direction determined by the Director and Assistant Director. 

3. Venture Associate
The Venture Associate will act as a project manager, following up with and confirming that teams successfully complete each week’s programming, tasks, and goals. 
Find full descriptions & apply on Handshake
Fashion/Tech Hackathon
January 29 - 31, 2021
The annual Fashion/Tech Hackathon is a dynamic, interdisciplinary event where teams of students from all across the U.S. and Canada learn new skills and create innovative technology that will help define the future of fashion.
sign up now!
Black Women Bosses - Spring 2021
Black Women Bosses is a cohort-based, 6-week entrepreneurship and leadership program for Black female (current KSU) students to help successfully launch businesses, apply entrepreneurial thinking to career goals, and build a leadership mentality.  
Limited spots! Apply now!
PreOrders available for the TROLDER Shop
You might remember client Luke Leyden and his startup Trolder, who won 3rd place in a recent regional competition

Trolder is now taking pre-orders for their first electronics kit-- not in time for December gift-giving, but sure to keep you busy on those long dark January days!
Check it out!
Black-Owned Businesses Holiday Guide Presented by Boss Women Media

Boss Women Media presents Here are 1,900+ Black-Owned Businesses Holiday Guide ready and available for you to shop this holiday season!

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Competitions, Events, Opportunities
A free series of online webinars designed to empower creative artists in animation, film, journalism, publishing, theater, and marketing to monetize their artistic pursuits. 
There are multiple exciting courses from the Design Innovation Initiative next semester! 
The BBB Spark Award is bestowed upon entrepreneurs age 35 and younger whose new businesses are less than three years old and demonstrate Character, Culture and Community.

Through an easy application process, young business owners who demonstrate these characteristics can apply for a Spark Award on our website.
The Clinton Global Initiative University is looking for higher education student leaders who are committed to take action in their community to address a pressing challenge. 
The application deadline for CGI U 2021 is Friday, January 15
The GSV Startup Bootcamp is a 7-week online curriculum designed to educate and inspire anyone with the courage and dedication to take control of their future.
January 25 through March 12, 2021
Join us as Eric describes his decision to leave Nike for a startup, his experience building a startup and then his return to Nike with his newfound knowledge and skills.
This event is in partnership with the Veale Institute for Entrepreneurship at Case Western Reserve University
There are 4 categories for international students to pitch in:
  • Business Management and Process Improvement
  • Community/Civic Innovations
  • Healthcare/Biomedical
  • IT/Connected Devices (IOT)
You are initially eligible if your startup:

  • is student-driven, student-created and/or student-managed
  • has at least two current student founders or management team members, and at least one of those students is a current graduate degree-seeking student
  • are from a are from a college or university anywhere in the world
  • has not raised more than $250,000 in equity capital prior to July 1, 2020
  • is seeking funding or capital (or will be in the next 12 months)
  • is a potentially viable investment opportunity
Keep Learning, Keep Growing
VLA offers a selection of online, on-demand recordings of previously held education programs. Note that we aren’t able to record every VLA course, but we hope to deliver a variety of on-demand recordings to provide you with this important legal information. 
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