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The Entrepreneur Life TONIGHT at 5pm!
Join LaunchNET entrepreneur Javon Miller as he hosts The Entrepreneur Life, a weekly workshop/meetup for entrepreneurs who want to talk about the "real stuff" of starting a venture. 
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Special Drive Thru Kent Creativity Festival on September 26 | Kent State University
Special Drive Thru Kent Creativity Festival on September 26 | College of the Arts College of the Arts, Kent Creativity Festival | Join us for a special drive-thru Kent Creativity Festival! On Saturday, September 26, 2020, you will be able to participate in a hands-on art project – all from the safety of your own vehicle!

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LaunchNET virtual Open House
Join LaunchNET Kent State on a virtual Open House tour, to see their brand new spaces in the KSU Design Innovation Hub!

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All the CEO Ladies October meetup
TUESDAY, October 6,  2020: 5:30-7 pm via Google Meet

Our speaker this month is Aya Shlachter, a Filipino-American architectural consultant, wife, mother, entrepreneur, triathlete, resource speaker and more. She knows what it takes to achieve big dreams (not just the career ones – ALL of them) and she wants to help others do the same. The combination of Aya’s exceptional business acumen and grit has brought her significant success, both nationally and internationally.

Come hear her inspirational words of wisdom! 
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Client News
Client Profile: Mica Pflug | Kent State University
Client Profile: Mica Pflug | LaunchNET Kent State client profile, student entrepreneur, launchnet, College of Business Administration | This month we are talking to Mica Pflug, a senior Entrepreneurship major, about her business Rags Related Boutique

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Competitions, Events, Opportunities
We are pleased to announce that Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro and Summit County Council have approved a third round of funding for the Summit County COVID-19 Small Business Emergency Relief Grant Program.

The application period for the third round of this critical small business support resource will open on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at 12 noon and will close on Wednesday, October 7th at 9:00 a.m.
mspire is Northeast Ohio's only pitch challenge exclusively for product-focused entrepreneurs and small manufacturers. Applications are due September 30th

Recognizing the hard work of Cleveland's young entrepreneurs.

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.

Kent Hack Enough is ready to blast to the past! Come login to the simulations as we work together online and make some amazing projects!

Whether you're totally new to tech & design or a seasoned pro, come spend a weekend making something great with us!
Research a local news organization and come up with a new way for them to engage with their community. The outlet can be any type — TV, radio, newspaper, non-profit, weekly, online only, monthly, etc. And your engagement idea can be anything! Be creative and think outside the usual avenues for that outlet, brainstorm with them to see what they’d be interested in trying with you.

Create a plan on how you would work with them to implement your idea over a three-month period. You will need to detail the necessary steps, milestones and how you plan to measure success at the end of your three months. Submit this idea below by Oct. 31, 2020.
The JOANN Minority Creative Grant program will commit $100,000 to Black entrepreneurs, small businesses, and charitable efforts to continue creating, inspiring and finding their Happy Place.

PRESENTS Honoring women who are masters of their field & who have paved new roads Join us!

Our annual Boss Women of the Year Summit will honor women who are masters of their field, but this year, we’re doing it virtually! Women who have paved new roads. Women who have brought other women along the way. Women who put in the work. Women who saw a ceiling and paid it no mind.
Useful Info for your Biz
Speakers and information abound at the virtual Hudson Library virtual Entrepreneurship workshops.

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Each year, our government spends billions of dollars in goods and services purchases from private firms. The SBA works to create an environment for maximum participation by small, disadvantaged, and woman-owned businesses in federal government contract awards and large prime subcontract awards. Find out how these programs can help your business. 

Celebrate U.S. Small  Business Week! Show off your small business!

Recovery, Adaptation, and Innovation virtual conference September 22-24, 2020

Learn something new
Avoiding The Herd And Finding Your Niche | Medium
A short read on how you can find your niche and stand out!

What “everyone else” is doing is not relevant. Unless they’re all doing the right thing. The fact that everyone is doing it is not evidence…

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