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If you catch us wearing all white after Labor Day, it's not a fashion faux pas, we're just channeling classic 90s boyband aesthetic.

We hope everyone had a nice long weekend! We have some fun events around the region this week, including one where you can support fellow small businesses. Plus, we've featured a story that explains how to be at peace with a topic that's on everybody's mind: uncertainty.
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News & Announcements
All the CEO Ladies
All the CEO Ladies is a group that supports the entrepreneurial women of Kent State.

Our meetings this semester will be framed around the book It's About Damn Time by Arlan Hamilton. While you don't need to read the book to participate, we are offering free copies to those who are interested.

Sign up now to receive your FREE copy of the book before our first meeting!

First Meeting: Wednesday, September 15, 5:30pm - 7pm
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Elevator Pitch
Elevator Pitch provides students with the opportunity to win funding for their ideas based on a 90 second pitch.

Open to entrepreneurs, artists, and innovators from all majors -- pitch a business or pitch yourself!

Thursday, October 7, 6pm - 8:30pm
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SkyHack 3.0
SkyHack is a weekend long design challenge exploring issues and creating solutions within the aviation industry. Collaborate with other students, partake in workshops, and win prizes.

Open to students from any U.S. university!

November 5-7, 2021
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Events & Opportunities
Small Business Impact Program Showcase | JumpStart
You’re invited to (virtually) meet the 12th Cleveland-based cohort of JumpStart's Small Business Impact Program at their culminating showcase.

This event will be an online demo-day-style competition where program participants will use their new knowledge and skills to present their pitch to a panel of judges for a chance to take home up to $10,000 to grow their business.

Join us to support these local entrepreneurs and find out who will take home the top prize!

Wednesday, September 8, 5:30pm
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Erie Hack 2021 | Cleveland Water Alliance
Erie Hack is a multi-month innovation challenge that brings together techies, creative thinkers, and entrepreneurs from the U.S. and Canada to develop technology solutions for Lake Erie challenges, such as water quality, infrastructure, and social awareness.

Info Session: Thursday, September 9, 7pm
Kick-Off: Thursday, September 16, 12pm - 1pm
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Center Gateway | Ohio University PTAC
Learn how to identify which certifications are available that can help you to compete for opportunities in the government procurement marketplace. Hear from the Experts as they discuss certification program benefits for small businesses.

Tuesday, September 14, 10am - 1pm
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NEOSVF's Kent State chapter needs a Student Manager for the fall semester! NEOSVF provides students with the opportunity to understand ventures from a new perspective: as the investor.

The Student Manager will lead team efforts in selecting a local startup to review, thoroughly analyzing the startup as a possible investment, and presenting team findings to the board of directors. Student Managers will be expected to commit 2-5 hours per week.

If you're interested in the Student Manager role or would like to participate as a Student Analyst, please email
Resources & Education
An ideal cover letter leaves the hiring manager with a positive and memorable impression of you, something a resume alone won't always do. Here are several ways to grab an employer's attention with an exceptional cover letter introduction. 
It’s very easy to react to chaos with negativity—but you can choose to instead see it as part of leading a lively, exciting life
Take a look at these leadership tips from Black business leaders, including Kimberly Bryant of Black Girls Code, Wayne Sutton of The Icon Project, and Sherrell Dorsey of The Plug.
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