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KSU Elevator Pitch
Imagine walking into an elevator and finding yourself face-to-face with a Venture Capitalist or CEO. Do you have what it takes to pitch your business or professional skills before they reach their stop? Give it a shot in LaunchNET's 6th annual Elevator Pitch competition. $1,000 in prizes including best business pitch and best personal pitch

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Staying sane while staying safe
Tabitha prepared these talking points and collection of links to help with working & studying from home. 

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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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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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EEC Virtual IdeaLabs Final Pitch event: OCT 22
Cheer on two of our LaunchNET clients who won spots in the regional IdeaLabs pitch competition! 

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Client News
Alumnus Who Aimed to Solve Major Problem Raises $25 Million | Kent State University
Alumnus Andrew Konya, '10, graduated from Kent State University with a degree in physics and started chiseling away at what is now his company, Remesh, in 2013. Remesh, has gone on to receive $25 million in Series A-2 funding to continue expanding and creating solutions.

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Self-Control by I Am A Coconut • A podcast on Anchor
In this episode of the podcast, I talk about Self-Control and emphasize the fact that we have total control over our minds and thoughts. 

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Competitions, Events, Opportunities

The WBENC Business Lab is an interactive learning experience for women business owners and business professionals.

2020 FES Pitch Competition Application - Female Entrepreneur Summit

Generate data-driven insights to tackle COVID-19

(Mondays, October 5, 12, 19, 26, 6:30 p.m.)

In October 2020, the Hudson Library & Historical Society will offer a virtual intermediate level Etsy course, aimed at shop owners who have an Etsy store and who are looking to grow their business This brand-new four-week course will cover how to build solid a customer profile and use it to strengthen your shop’s branding, listings, and appearance. Learn a variety of ways to connect with your customers, make choices about which ones are right for your shop, and evaluate the effectiveness. The Etsy Craft Entrepreneurship Program is sponsored by the Burton D. Morgan Foundation. 
mspire is Northeast Ohio's only pitch challenge exclusively for product-focused entrepreneurs and small manufacturers. Applications are due September 30th

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!
Bringing community together to talk about social issues and come up with innovative solutions, launching new ideas and businesses, and fostering sustainable solutions.
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.

Useful Info for your Biz

If you made money from freelancing or gig economy work in 2020, you will receive a new tax form by February 1, 2021—Form 1099-NEC. This replaces Form 1099-MISC, which companies have to send when you earn $600 or more. Although there are still limited details about Form 1099-NEC, you can find the latest version (currently a draft) and future filing instructions here.

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

Speakers and information abound at the virtual Hudson Library virtual Entrepreneurship workshops.

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Senator Cory Booker: Supporting Small, Minority-Owned Businesses Will Save The Economy

At Forbes’ first Small Business Summit on Friday, Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) said policies to financially support families and small businesses hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic should not be partisan issues.

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