For Immediate Release
August 18, 2016
Erie Small Businesses Can Learn About Key Issues at the Small Business Initiative Event on September 15
Workshop hosted by PA Treasury and Gannon University features business experts, including keynote speaker Jack Barton, founder and chief executive officer of Erie’s Out of the Grey Coffee
Harrisburg, PA – The PA Treasury is holding a Small Business Initiative (SBI) event on Sept. 15, 2016 at Gannon University’s Center for Business Ingenuity sponsored by its Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and in cooperation with the College of Engineering and Business (CEB) and Erie Technology Incubator (ETI). The event will include a series of workshops that focus on key issues that face small businesses including, corporate structure and governance, finance and revenue, and legal and intellectual property. Speakers include Jon D’Silva, MMI Intellectual Property, Robyn Young, Northwest Commission’s Procurement Technical Assistance Center, Joe Ledford, HBK CPAs, and Millard Humphreys, AUMA-USA. Registration and the full itinerary for the event are available at www.patreasury.gov/sbi. Registration for the full day of workshops includes lunch and breakfast. Cost is $25.
“Small business is a key driver of job creation and economic growth not just in the Erie region but across the entire state, so by helping them we are helping all of Pennsylvania. As an entrepreneur, I understand small businesses face many challenges as they try to grow, so we are offering area businesses the opportunity to learn from experts and arm them with the information and contacts they need to increase revenues and jobs.”
Pennsylvania Treasurer, Timothy Reese
SBI is held at prestigious universities across the state and is conducted by leading businesses across the state including Ernst and Young, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, DuPont, and United Health Care among others.
Jack Barton, founder and chief executive officer of Out of the Grey Coffee, will give the keynote address. Barton, who founded Out of the Grey Coffee House Café in Fairview, Pennsylvania with his wife, Sheila, has also created an online business, OutOfTheGreyCoffee.com, that combines his coffee market expertise with strategic 'mass customization' thinking and a truly innovative approach to website functionality. The online concept, which was the first winner of Gannon University's Technology Business Accelerator program, enables coffee connoisseurs to efficiently create their own customized blends. Barton won $10,000, along with six months of residency, coaching and strategic mentoring from ETI. He has since continued his relationship with ETI and also works closely with the Gannon SBDC and Dahlkemper School of Business. Barton is eager and excited to share his business philosophy at the SBI conference!
The SBI event includes breakfast, lunch and access to nine workshops, networking with the SBI business partners, access to information and resource tables and networking opportunities with possible investors, business services providers and mentors. Seating for the event is limited, so pre-registration is required.
The SBI is aimed at small business owners who have been in business a minimum of three years with gross revenues exceeding $250,000 for the prior two years and who provide a product or service with expansion plans within the next six to 12 months. Events have been held in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia and are planned for York and Allentown PA later this year.
To learn more about Pennsylvania Treasury’s Small Business Initiative or register for the Erie event, visit http://www.patreasury.gov/sbi or call (610) 882-9700
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The Pennsylvania Treasury is an independent department of state government led by the state treasurer, who is elected every four years. The department's primary duty is to safeguard and manage the state's public funds. It invests state money to generate income on behalf of the citizens of Pennsylvania, reviews and processes payments for state government agencies, and serves as custodian of more than $100 billion in state funds. Key Treasury programs include Unclaimed Property, PA 529 College Savings Program and the Board of Finance and Revenue.