Harnessing the Power of Penn State and Happy Valley’s Tech and Business Resources

May 2021

The Innovation Park team at the Technology Center serves as a critical connector between startups, existing tenants and the vast business, research and facilities resources that are available. Director Dan Leri and his team are go-to contacts, helping businesses seize opportunities for growth.

Penn State SBDC Provides Resources for Businesses During Pandemic

May 2021

Penn State SBDC Provides Resources for Businesses During Pandemic

Small Business Development Center a key resource for businesses during pandemic

April 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Since the onset of the pandemic, the Penn State Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has provided more than 1,000 collective hours of business advising to small businesses owners experiencing supply chain disruptions, staffing challenges, a decrease in revenue, and/or closure because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Of the 347 entrepreneurs who have sought pandemic-related support, 38 have worked with the SBDC to access a combined 4.5 million in capital through local, state and federal emergency funding initiatives.

How a Bellefonte marketplace aims to have a ‘big presence’ and leave a mark on the community

April 2021

Belle Mercantile co-owner Andrea Skirpan is occasionally surprised at what customers buy at her indoor marketplace in Bellefonte.

Cranial Devices Inc. wins $75,000 in virtual tech tournament

April 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Invent Penn State’s 2021 virtual Tech Tournament showcased eight of Penn State’s most disruptive innovations and early-stage startups born out of the University’s research enterprise. The startups and inventors pitched their technologies to a panel of three judges for their chance at the $75,000 grand prize.

Gattos set sights on future with Global Social Impact Fund at Penn State Smeal

April 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State Smeal College of Business alumnus Lou Gatto and his wife, Kathy, have made a $1.1 million commitment as part of their estate plans to create the Gatto Global Social Impact Fund at Smeal.

Free April Events with Berks Launchbox

April 2021

This workshop will introduce the basic features of Adobe Xd, a design tool for web and mobile apps, and is intended for anyone interested in app development. Dan Getz will be explaining the functionality and tools offered by Adobe Xd and how you may apply them through a step-by-step simple app demo.

State College expert in Ghanaian cuisine prepares to launch online store after pandemic setbacks

April 2021

Once called “the godmother of African food blogging,” Fran Osseo-Asare has a long history educating others on the food culture and cuisine of her husband’s native Ghana. Having written multiple books on the subject, the State College woman turned her attention to creating an online marketplace focused on Ghanaian cuisine in late 2019, but her plans were quickly curtailed by the COVID-19 pandemic. A year later, she’s looking ahead to her hopes for Betumi’s Kitchen.

Things Penn State students can do on campus, in State College or via Zoom this week

April 2021

As the semester nears its end, many events remain for Penn State students to attend, including the Blue & White Society’s “PS i(heart) u” week, as well as virtual lectures. Additionally, April is Pride Month at Penn State, and the university is hosting a variety of events to celebrate.

Penn State’s Small Business Development Center aims to assist local entrepreneurs, alumni

March 2021

Though some businesses have experienced challenges amid the pandemic, Penn State’s Small Business Development Center is an opportunity for local business owners and alumni to have a fallback.

Startup Market to highlight business startup resources during Startup Week

March 2021

startupUNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Students searching for involvement in organizations, academic pathways and community resources that support their interests in innovation and entrepreneurship need to look no further.

Ben Franklin’s startup Boot Camp: You Might Take Home Up to $10,000!

March 2021

gauntnessSTATE COLLEGE – Ben Franklin’s TechCelerator@StateCollege, a partnership with the Invent Penn State initiative, is again offering local entrepreneurs, grad-students, professors and university researchers its virtual 10-Week Business Startup Boot Camp.

Friends don’t let friends leave money on the table

January 2021

The Sentinel Edited Small businesses are truly the backbone of our local economy and have a monumental impact on our communities. I am sorry to say, many of these businesses and non-profit organizations have been severely impacted by the events of this past year. Many of us have done what we can to help by prioritizing our small businesses when seeking goods and services, and have contributed generously to our non-profits, but perhaps there is another way we can assist.

How Centre County Used Its COVID-19 Relief Funds

December 2020

When Centre County government typically receives a grant, it’s the culmination of a months-long application process and another period of waiting to learn if the money has been awarded. Then the county might have two to three years to spend the funds.

Centre County restaurant owners struggle with latest Pa. COVID-19 restrictions

December 2020

With Centre County restaurants about halfway through a second statewide indoor dining ban, some owners say they’re frustrated and concerned about their business’s long-term survival.

Deadline today to apply for small business grant

December 2020

#12BELLEFONTE — For small businesses in Centre County, it’s deadline day.

 

Global Entrepreneurship Week provides actionable advice and inspires community

November 2020

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — In its 12th year, Global Entrepreneurship Week(GEW) Penn State, held Nov. 16-20, featured 58 total virtual events for startups and small businesses.

Penn State’s virtual Global Entrepreneurship Week | Here’s what’s happening this week and when

November 2020

From a Grammy award-winning punk rock musician’s advice on entrepreneurship to the journeys of alumni culinarians, Penn State’s Global Entrepreneurship Week seeks to cast a wide net in its virtual programming.

Punk rocker, social justice researcher to speak at Global Entrepreneurship Week

November 2020

speaker UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Martin Atkins, a Grammy award-winning punk rocker, business owner and entrepreneurship educator, will speak during Penn State Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 18.

COVID-19 Won’t Stop USA Celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2020

November 2020

GEW[NEW YORK] – COVID-19 may have dealt a brutal blow to many US businesses but that will not stop them from celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) USA 2020 – November  16-22.

Centre approves $5.4 million in relief grants

October 2020

#12On Tuesday, the Centre County commissioners approved awarding a total of $5.4 million in relief grants to 403 local businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding is a part of the $14.7 million CARES Act money awarded to the county earlier this year to support businesses, municipalities, non-profits, educational institutions and county expenses associated with the pandemic.

Global Entrepreneurship Week at Penn State set for Nov. 16-20

October 2020

GEW 2020Community entrepreneurs and Penn State student innovators are invited to explore their potential by virtually connecting with collaborators, mentors and leaders during Global Entrepreneurship Week Penn State, presented by the Penn State Small Business Development Center, Nov. 16 to 20, with additional events throughout the month.

Centre County Awards $5.4 Million in Small Business Relief Grants

October 2020

Centre County commissioners on Tuesday approved awarding a total of $5.4 million in relief grants to 403 local businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Penn State SBDC program to help businesses protect their data, privacy and tech

October 2020

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — In recognition of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, the Penn State Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is partnering with the Harrisburg LaunchBox to host a free, virtual event, “Cybersecurity: Safeguarding Your Small Business,” from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15.

Centre County small businesses eligible for grant

September 2020

#7.1BELLEFONTE –The Centre County Board of Commissioners has released the details of its COVID-19 related grant program for small businesses in Centre County.

Large crowd gathers for Lucky 7 Travel Plaza grand opening

September 2020

#12LOCK HAVEN — Sunny skies greeted a crowd of local officials, contractors, and residents as they gathered for the grand opening of the Lucky 7 Travel Plaza on Wednesday afternoon.

Penn State SBDC launching Pennsylvania Agriculture Center of Excellence

September 2020

#9UNIVERSITY PARK — The Penn State Small Business Development Center (SBDC) received $325,000 in CARES Act funding from the United States Small Business Administration to launch a PASBDC Agriculture Center of Excellence with SBDC partners at Clarion University and University of Scranton. The center will help Pennsylvania agriculture businesses sustain operations and stabilize food supply chains in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Penn State gets money to start “Pennsylvania Agriculture Center of Excellence”

September 2020

The Penn State Small Business Development Center is starting a “Pennsylvania Agriculture Center of Excellence”.

Penn State SBDC launching Pennsylvania Agriculture Center of Excellence

September 2020

#8UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Penn State Small Business Development Center (SBDC) received $325,000 in CARES Act funding from the United States Small Business Administration to launch a PASBDC Agriculture Center of Excellence with SBDC partners at Clarion University and University of Scranton. The center will help Pennsylvania agriculture businesses sustain operations and stabilize food supply chains in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Centre County Board of Commissioners releases grant application for small businesses

August 2020

#6The Centre County Board of Commissioners has released the application for a one-time grant intended to support small businesses during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a press release from the board.