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Campus Kitchen Pivots Operations to Food Pantry
From its home kitchen inside Beall Hall on the Kent Campus, the organization distributes between 1,500 and 2,000 pounds of food to people in need every Friday between 1 and 4 p.m.
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Flashes Safe Seven
Kent State’s Safety Principles Coronavirus Updates | Everyone on a Kent State campus must adhere to these operating principles to help create the safest environment possible.

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Curbside Pickup from the Library!
Curbside Pickup is Kent State University Libraries’ new contactless service that allows users to check out materials from its collection while libraries on the Kent and Regional campuses remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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How Silicon Valley Hijacked Word ‘Entrepreneur’ and How to Fix It - Bloomberg

Silicon Valley hijacked the concept for the privileged few. A more inclusive definition would benefit everyone.

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Competitions, Events, Opportunities
Deadline to apply is July 18.
Track 2 MORTAR at Bounce MORTAR at Bounce is a 15-week accelerator course that helps both existing and aspiring non-tech entrepreneurs
Backline's 12-week grant accelerator program provides coaching, mentoring, industry networking, and grants to cohorts of three or four musicians and/or bands. Each participant of the program receives a $20,000 budget grant.
Application Deadline: July 20
Wed, Jul 29, 2020 11:00 AM 
Businesses start with an idea, but they grow when customers are willing to pay for their products and services. Join us for a conversation about refining your target market and validating your business concept with your customers.  
7 Weeks to Build Confidence,
Capabilities, Connections & Courage
July 20 - Aug 31
Hudson Library & Historical Society Tuesday, Jul. 21, 10 a.m.

The program is completely free and does not take any equity in startups. EFL is ideal for pre-Series A science and technology-based startups from around the world seeking deep connections to the New York startup ecosystem or U.S. markets. 
Apply by July 27, 2020.
Get application and eligibility details on Apple Entrepreneur Camp for app-driven organizations founded and led by women. Selected applicants receive unprecedented access to Apple engineers and leaders at a two-week technology lab, as well as mentorship, inspiration, and more.

This statewide series will examine and promote the vibrant technology and innovation ecosystems which exist in the Buckeye State. We’ll talk to leaders from diverse backgrounds - BigCo, software companies, universities, startups, and more - to learn about the work happening in cities across Ohio. Due to COVID-19, the 2020 OhioX Tech Tour will be virtual.
To be considered for the cohort:
  • Entrepreneurs who live or work in the city of Cleveland and its neighborhoods
  • Entrepreneurs outside of Cleveland who are currently impacting (in a significant way) the citizens of the city of Cleveland or will impact the city of Cleveland via job growth over the next 18-24 months.
  • Must have met with one of our business advisers to be considered; appointments to meet with an advisor must take place by August 3, 2020.
  • Ideal candidates are businesses generating more than $25,000 in annual revenue.
Applications Close – 8/3/2020
The Black Girl Magic Digital Summit is 2 days of jam-packed content that you can enjoy from the comfort of your home! 

Creating community, sharing resources, and planning for the future is more critical than ever. We want to rally to serve our community in the areas they need most by pivoting to bring tools and resources to all women nationally during our emerging normal.
 Case Western Reserve University is hosting a variety of free online conversations with entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, etc. over the course of the summer. 
Useful Info for Life & Biz
You just graduated college, or are about to. What promise does life after college hold and how will you realize that promise? 

The John Carroll University Entrepreneurship Program can help! This series of tips and tricks will help you discover your purpose, power up your Linkedin impact, and build your credibility in weekly 20-minute sessions.
SBA’s Lender Match is an additional resource for pandemic-affected small businesses who have not applied for or received an approved PPP loan to connect with lenders.  The forgivable PPP loan is emergency relief assistance aimed at sustaining businesses and keeping employees on payroll. 

Now more than ever, it is vital that we come together in support of Black-Owned Small Businesses.…

If you’re interested in testing the entrepreneurial waters, consider the following recession-proof side hustles that you can start today.

 Every Thursday, Small Business Lifeline provides strategies and actionable insights for rebuilding your business and strengthening it for the future.
A podcast content series to help all entrepreneurs sleep a little better at night. Hosted by #StartinCLE founder, Ed Bucholtz.
Be healthy. Be better.

Looking to improve your self care? Try this 30 day self care challenge to decrease stress and integrate effective self care into your daily life!

Anti-racism education delivered to your inbox each day. A daily practice to dismantle white supremacy at work, have conversations about race with family, and support social justice movements.

This course is designed to be an eye-opener and a call to action for those who seek to be allies to Black women.

Turn "being cooped up" into an advantage with Laura Vanderkam's latest book, "The New Corner Office: How The Most Successful People Work From Home."

Brian Lowery, PhD, discusses the factors that drive many white Americans to ignore and even deny that white privilege exists, and what he believes needs to be done to combat racial injustice. 

In this community spotlight, work-from-home guru, Guin White, shares how you can use Beautiful.ai to pitch yourself in a remote world.

A practitioner of royal union meditation on sticking with the practice when the world gets in the way.

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