Entrepreneur workshops are coming to Coatesville – Daily Local


COATESVILLE — The City of Coatesville and Kutztown University’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) are collaborating again to present a six-week “Business Skills for Success for the Entrepreneur” training series, held both in-person and virtually. The program is ideally suited for start-ups and young companies that have a minimum duration of three years.

Entrepreneurs of all ages are invited to participate to gain the skills and resources needed to take their budding or existing small business to the next level.

The workshops will take place from June 1st to July 6th on six consecutive Wednesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. In-person meetings with special guest presenters (no virtual accessibility) will be held on the 1st and 15th at Coatesville City Hall (1 City Hall Square). Virtual sessions will be held on July 22nd, 29th and 6th via Zoom. The cost for the entire six-session series, due by June 8, is $25 and includes all materials.

The workshop series will culminate with an opportunity to showcase products and services during Coatesville’s popular open-air pop-up and shop markets, beginning in July and running throughout the summer.

“Coatesville is home to a vibrant entrepreneurial community and we are excited to continue our partnership with Kutztown University to provide business creation tools, resources, funding tips and guidance to support new and emerging businesses in our city,” said James Logan , City Manager of Coatesville. “Although the program primarily attracts local entrepreneurs, we are also pleased to have start-ups from our surrounding region signing up for the six-week sessions.”

“In our third year, the Business Skills for Success workshops have supported more than 50 entrepreneurs who have acquired the skills needed to achieve their business dreams,” said Kecia Sturdivant, associate director of Kutztown University SBDC.

Sessions will be moderated by moderators from the City of Coatesville and Kutztown University, business owners and guest presenters. “I am grateful and excited to continue my participation in this program to empower growing businesses and entrepreneurs in the city of Coatesville,” said guest presenter Chris McHenry, vice president of development finance at the Chester County Economic Development Council (CCEDC). “The program provides an opportunity to further CCEDC’s mission of promoting business and community prosperity in Chester County through private business growth and job creation.”

The interactive workshops are designed for individuals who wish to strengthen or grow their burgeoning businesses with topics such as Starting a Business 101, Building a Brand, Diversity Marketing, Human Resources, Raising Capital and more.

A limited number of grants are awarded by the Coatesville 2nd Century Alliance. For questions or to register, please visit https://pasbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/29503 or contact Kecia Sturdivant at [email protected] or Lynn Loaiza at [email protected] To contact us by phone, call 484-646-5903.


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