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EEC Summer Side Hustle Program
The Entrepreneurship Education Consortium is excited to announce EEC Side Hustle Summer 2020; a pilot program for college students offering workshops, coaching, and access to micro-grants to help get your side hustle started, or grow the side hustle you already have going. 

All sessions are virtual. Up to 60 participants will receive a $50 - $250 micro-grant to get started or build on a side hustle. The program concludes in August with a final virtual showcase for additional prizes. 
sign up to learn more at the info session on June 3
All the CEO Ladies virtual June meet-up
Tue, Jun 2, 2020 at 5:00 PM

Coach Cheryl C. Perez will be joining us to talk about "Getting our Minds Right" and giving us tips on succeeding in our ventures.
Virtual meeting via Google Meet: RSVP to receive an invite!
Women's Leadership events: June 2020
Women's Network Leadership Institute (formerly KNOW) holds monthly free-for-members events around women's leadership. 
If you are interested in attending a virtual event, fill out the form and we will include you in the registration. 
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Fashion Industry Studies Students and Faculty Receive Multiple Honors in 2020 Spring Semester
Students and faculty from the Kent State University School of Fashion’s graduate program, Fashion Industry Studies, received an array of honors and awards throughout the spring semester, many of them from the Kent State University’s LaunchNET...
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Victor Searcy of Sauce the City Spearheading a Return for Ohio City Galley Space
Sauce the City, along with the rest of the kitchens inside the Ohio City Galley, was shut down by management on February 28 despite doing great business. Since that date, owner Victor Searcy Jr. has been trying not only to reopen his hot-chicken concept, but also bring in some new food tenants to join him. It appears that he is well on his way.
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Recognizing our Clients & Partners
Because we didn't get to have an in-person Awards & Expo event this year, we wanted to make sure we gave some shout-outs to our clients who have gone above & beyond this academic year, as well as partners who helped us help them! 
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Build your network! Connect with mentors!
Flash Mentors is a new program being piloted by LaunchNET to connect Kent State students with professionals who can help answer questions about careers, ventures, and specific topics.

We now have community boards for All the CEO Ladies, Entrepreneurial Help & Resources, and we are starting one focused on the Arts.

Have an idea for a community? Let us know!
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2020 Deshpande Virtual Symposium - Thursday, June 11 - Friday, June 12, 2020
The Deshpande Symposium is a gathering of like-minded practitioners focused on accelerating innovation and entrepreneurship across the college and university environment. The Symposium provides a venue for attendees to learn from each others' experiences; to gain wider exposure for their ideas, successes and start-ups; and to collaborate on activities that increase innovation and entrepreneurship in their academic communities.
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‎Amrit Shenava’s Newsletter + Podcast
Check out our student fellow Amrit's new podcast! He talks tech, positivity, and everything else.
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Senior Lianna Fertig Uses Her Small Business to Spread Sandwiches and Hope
Senior Lianna Fertig Uses Her Small Business to Spread Sandwiches and Hope | Kent State Stark COVID-19 HUB
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Competitions, Events, Opportunities
Our 2020 Global Challenges offer over $1.5 million in funding. 
Apply by the June 18 deadline!
Presented by North Coast Ventures and sponsored by PNC. Startup event for founders, entrepreneurs, angel investors, VCs and corporate partners. 

Ashoka Fellows are the world’s leading social entrepreneurs. They champion innovative new ideas that transform society’s systems, providing benefits for everyone and improving the lives of millions of people.

We provide training to help social entrepreneurs develop sustainability, determine their meaningful social impact, and access the tools they need to successfully launch their business.

SEA Change is a Social Enterprise Training Program offering both in-person and online education.
Business Resources
What doesn’t kill me makes me stronger. Friedrich Nietzsche The world is a different place than it was 90 days ago. Countries traded saving lives by shutting down most of their economy. 

WBE Holly Chasan-Young, Founder and CEO of Wonderbolt Labs, shares her own pivot experience and explains how to use design thinking to create a blueprint for your business pivot.

Specifically for Black/Brown women professionals, visionaries, creatives, and aspiring business owners, small business owners, and entrepreneurs.
Let's be in community while quarantined.

COVID-19 has become a magnifying force that has shifted the entire climate of the world. Here are five strategies for small businesses post pandemic.

The Small Business Stabilization Fund has been created to assist small, neighborhood-based businesses throughout Cuyahoga County during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Office of Small Business Relief (OSBR) is focused on identifying and providing direct support to the state's nearly 950,000 small businesses to help during the current public health crisis and to position them for a strong rebound.
Streaming concerts and reading free books only scratch the surface. Here are other ways to have fun while staying home.
That smartphone in your pocket contains significant information about you and your friends/family. This includes contact numbers, photos, and locations. Your smartphone needs to be protected. Sensitive data stored on a smartphone is often worth more than the smartphone itself. 
Interview with Arianna Huffington
Girlboss Rally NYC 2018
Keep on Learning
A five step process for figuring out how to build something others will love - YouTube
Senior Product Manager of Aaptiv, Lisa Zhu, leads an interactive workshop and shares her five step process for figuring out how to build something others will love.
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