Mont Alto LaunchBox announces fall entrepreneur series workshops, Fall Forum, LION Tank

MONT ALTO, Pa. — The Mont Alto LaunchBox in downtown Chambersburg will offer three Entrepreneur Workshops this fall.

The sessions will meet on Thursdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the LaunchBox at 40 N. Second St. in Chambersburg. Any aspiring entrepreneur can register to attend at montalto.psu.edu/launchbox/workshops.

Workshops will include:

• Sept. 27: “How to find financing for your business idea,” with moderator Cheryl Young, Shippensburg Small Business Development Center business consultant; and panelists Kenneth Hammaker, Community First Fund community lending vice president; Jon Sider, Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central and Northern Pennsylvania director of second stage capital; Mike Ross, Franklin County Area Development Corp. president; John Rotz, retired banker from First Community Bank of Mercersburg; and Solomon Wheeler, Small Business Administration Harrisburg branch manager.

• Oct. 25: “Intellectual Property (patents, trademarks, copyrights),” by Rachel Herder, Penn State Law assistant professor of clinical law and intellectual property clinic director.

• Nov. 29: “Business marketing basics: How to get the word out about your business,” by Kristen Joy Laidig, author, entrepreneur and owner and manager of Toy Box Gifts & Wonder.

In addition to the workshops, the public is also invited to attend the Mont Alto LaunchBox Fall Forum and LION Tank Competition held at Penn State Mont Alto.

Fall Forum is set for Nov. 14 from 12:20 to 1:10 p.m. in the Wiestling Student Center. Penn State’s James L. Delattre, assistant vice president for research and director of the Office of Entrepreneurship and Commercialization, will lead a panel of student entrepreneurs in a discussion about how they are launching their business ideas and plans into the marketplace.

The LION Tank Competition is scheduled for March 15, 2019, at 6 p.m. in the General Studies Auditorium. Competitors will pitch their business ideas in a Shark-tank-like event with the top two receiving mini-grants and gaining access to the Mont Alto LaunchBox facility for one year. Entrepreneurs can submit their business ideas at montalto.psu.edu/launchbox/liontank/apply.