Barron’s WPSU show to highlight entrepreneurship, small business development

January 2017

The best practices for and challenges facing student entrepreneurs and small business owners will be discussed during the next episode of WPSU Penn State’s “Digging Deeper” with Penn State President Eric J. Barron. The show will premiere at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 15, on WPSU-TV.

For some aspiring entrepreneurs, New Year’s resolutions include new business

January 2017

Shortly after New Year’s in 2015, Renee Frank bypassed the usual resolutions attendant with the turn of the calendar. Instead, she and her husband, Adam, were thinking bigger. Both physical therapists, they had seen an underserved population — individuals well enough to be discharged from home health care, but unable to get to therapy as needed — and when coupled with their dream of building something on their own, the pair decided to take the leap.

Want to start a new business? Timing is everything

December 2016

Penn State News. The first few months of the year are when many people who are thinking of starting a business take the initiative to make it happen. But Michael Ryan, business consultant for the Penn State Small Business Development Center, believes timing is critical to success.

Penn State EdTech Network Searching for ‘Big Idea’ Contest Entries

December 2016

StateCollege.com. If you have a great idea about how to use technology, media, or new teaching theories to create a positive learning environment for students of any age, then the Penn State EdTech Network wants to hear from you

Blue I.V. Boutique to close

December 2016

Centre Daily Times. Blue I.V. Boutique, a women’s clothing store located at 226 W. College Ave., plans to close its doors in about two-and-a-half weeks, owner Susan Dreibelbis said.

Canines Get Own Bellefonte Bar, Boutique to Call Home

November 2016

State College.com. It’s definitely not a dog’s life for the pooches in and around Bellefonte anymore. Now, thanks to the vision of local businesswoman Carly Andriaccio, local canines have their own hangout to call home.

Penn State team puts hope within reach for kids with upper limb deformities

November 2016

Centre Daily Times. Guadalupe longs to play the violin. Like many musically inclined third graders, she is a willing student. But unlike her peers, she is — at this point — unable to play. It’s neither for a lack of talent nor motivation. Guadalupe, you see, was born without her left hand.

Penn State holds free entrepreneurial workshop for U.S. military service members and veterans

October 2016

Daily Collegian. Local military veterans looking to become entrepreneurs need look no further than the Penn State Small Business Development Center for a way to best prepare for success.

Local Veterans Receive Free Entrepreneurship Training

October 2016

StateCollege.com. “As a veteran I have a decision now,” says Mark Roland, a recently retired 21-year Army veteran. “I’m kind of in the middle of my life so I’m trying to choose the next path. What am I going to do, and how am I going to do it.”
That’s where the Penn State Small Business Development Center comes in.

Serving others, this time as civilians

October 2016

Centre Daily Times. Not long ago, Lt. Jimmy Nguyen found himself on a submarine, charged with fixing a major malfunction. Like many other potential crises, it was averted without further ado.

Student Finds Sweet Gig with Own Local Business

October 2016

StateCollege.com. Matthew Modricker’s business sense bloomed when he was a high school student in Bellefonte.
Instead of picking up a part-time job, Modricker found other ways to earn money. He used Craigslist to buy old video games and after he got them he would sell them at a mark up on Amazon. He also collected antiques, enough that he became friends with the owner of the Great Mish-Mosh on South Allegheny Street who let him set up a stall in the antique and vintage store to sell his wares.

SBDC Holding Free Entrepreneurship Workshops for Military Personnel and Veterans

October 2016

StateCollege.com. The Penn State Small Business Development Center will conduct a free, two-part workshop for veterans and members of the United States military who want to start their own business. The training will be held from 8 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, Oct. 12, and Wednesday, Nov. 9, in The 329 Building at Innovation Park.

Penn State SBDC holding entrepreneurship workshop for U.S. military, veterans

October 2016

Penn State News. The Penn State Small Business Development Center will conduct a free, two-part workshop for veterans and members of the United States military who want to start their own business. The training will be held from 8 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, Oct. 12, and Wednesday, Nov. 9, in The 329 Building at Innovation Park.

PSU student’s invention gives voice to voiceless; Johnstown woman among first users

September 2016

Tribune-Democrat. A Johnstown poet will soon have her voice heard.

Arlyn Edelstein, whose nonverbal cerebral palsy has deeply influenced her work, will speak at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Happy Valley LaunchBox, 224 S. Allen St. in State College, where she will recite poems using the newly patented, motion-activated, augmented personal speech assistant invented by Mary Elizabeth McCulloch, a recent Penn State University biomedical engineering graduate.

Ribbon cutting ceremony held for new businesses in Bellefonte

September 2016

WearecentralPA.com. 7 new small businesses now have a place to call home in Centre County. Downtown Bellefonte celebrated today with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Bellefonte businesses to celebrate growth together

September 2016

Centre Daily Times. “On the Waterfront” is considered a gem of American cinema. Soon, the phrase may bring to mind the newest jewel of Bellefonte.

Job Training Offered to Military Personnel

September 2016

StateCollege.com. With the qualities of leadership, risk taking, discipline and teamwork, it’s no wonder 10 percent of all small business owners in America are veterans.

Older entrepreneurs look to make golden years gilded

September 2016

Centre Daily Times. Daniel Supko has spent most of his career in industrial labs, poring over the alchemy of metal, machines and manufacturing. He’s set to retire from Penn State, where he works as an engineering support specialist, in June.

Penn State student launches startup with help of Happy Valley LaunchBox

September 2016

Centre Daily Times. Ishana Shekhawat’s startup is a one-woman show.

Shekhawat, an entrepreneur and graduate student in mechanical engineering at Penn State, is working to turn her idea for a new biohealth device — a breathing-based video game for improving lung health — into a product used in hospitals across the country. She spent the summer doing everything from learning about business plans and intellectual property to connecting with potential customers and even coding a video game.

Older entrepreneurs look to make golden years gilded

September 2016

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.  By Roger Van Scyoc / Centre Daily Times (State College, Pa.)

Daniel Supko has spent most of his career in industrial labs, poring over the alchemy of metal, machines and manufacturing. He’s set to retire from Penn State, where he works as an engineering support specialist, in June.

But Mr. Supko, 61, isn’t looking to ride off into the sunset. For someone who has spent most of his life forging something from nothing, old habits, he’s finding, die hard.

Sweet startup seeks success

September 2016

Centre Daily Times. Penn State sophomore Matt Modricker owns a candy vending machine business. Now he has about 20 machines in the region, with most being concentrated in Bellefonte.

Entrepreneurship, Invent Penn State focus of panel discussion

August 2016

Penn State News. Hunter Swisher, a plant science major at Penn State hasn’t graduated, but he’s already taken what’s he learned and turned it into a start-up business: a product that not only reduces phosphorus run-off from golf courses but makes better turf.

Penn State faculty hone teaching skills at annual entrepreneurship retreat

August 2016

Penn State News. More than 40 faculty and staff members from eight colleges and four campuses came together Aug. 16-17 at University Park for the fourth annual ENTI Minor Faculty and Friends Summer Gathering. ENTI is Penn State’s Intercollege Minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Celebrating the community of entrepreneurship

August 2016

Centre Daily Times. Centre County entrepreneurship and innovation will be on full display the week of Nov. 13 when Global Entrepreneurship Week Penn State officially gets underway. Organizers are hoping that an even greater connection between the university and the community will also be clearly visible at this year’s event.

Helping Entrepreneurs of All Ages Sharpen Their Entrepreneurial Tools

August 2016

Innovation Park News. Per its mission, the Penn State Small Business Development Center helps business start, grow, and prosper with no-cost, confidential consulting services and seminars in Centre and Mifflin counties. Their services have transformed community and student entrepreneurs’ dreams into realities, transmitting the knowledge and skills required to commercialize research or bring a technology to market.

State College named one of 15 best U.S. cities for entrepreneurs

August 2016

Penn State News. State College has been named one of the “15 Best U.S. Cities for Entrepreneurs to Live and Launch” by Entrepreneur magazine, citing the town’s “promising unemployment rate and business growth rate” and proximity to Penn State’s University Park campus.

Girls trade ideas and inspiration at Penn State STEM camp: BTN LiveBIG

August 2016

BTN LiveBIG. Soon the typical camp experience may no longer be filled with sing-alongs and s’mores around a roaring fire. Instead, it may involve lasers and startup plans. For Anna Stefanowicz, 14, it included diving into the deep end of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

State College made a top 10 list for a good reason

August 2016

Centre Daily Times. If you want to live in a community where entrepreneurship is welcome, you may be closer than you think. State College, according to livability.com, is the 10th best city to be an entrepreneur.

State College Named One of 10 Best Places for Entrepreneurs

August 2016

StateCollege.com. Community and university efforts to support business start-ups in State College are paying off with national recognition.

Outreach and Online Education VP to retire

July 2016

Penn State News.  Craig Weidemann, Penn State vice president for Outreach and vice provost for Online Education, announced today (July 28) that he will be transitioning from his role, effective Dec. 31, to begin a phased retirement.