Hudson -- The Hudson Library and Historical Society is offering its sixth entrepreneur series beginning Sept. 9 with speakers, a teen series and a "pitch night" with $5,000 in prize money.

The first session in entrepreneurship of the four-part MBA Lite Series begins Sept. 15 at 6:30 p.m. Dan Foust and Mike Nock from the Baldwin-Wallace Center for Innovation and Growth share upper-level experience on finding experienced mentors to help grow a business.

Dr. Lori Long from the Baldwin-Wallace Center for Innovation and Growth will discuss upper-level Human Resources Strategies for Entrepreneurs in the second of the four-part MBA Lite Series Oct. 14 at 6:30 p.m.

Those interested in starting a business can attend the third session Oct. 28 at 6:30 p.m. It features Dr. Stacy Feiner of SS & G Parkland who will present Leadership, Ownership & Stewardship for Entrepreneurs.

In the final session of the four-part MBA Lite Series Nov. 10 at 6:30 p.m., Dr. Alan Kolp, co-founder of the Baldwin-Wallace University Center for Innovation and Growth, presents a discussion of ideas from his book, "Igniting Innovation with Integrity."

Attendance will be taken, and participants who attend all four sessions in the Flood Family meeting room at the front of the library will receive a MBA Lite certificate. This series is made possible by a grant from the Burton D. Morgan Foundation.

The speakers are at a higher level than other programs, said Ellen Smith, assistant director at the library.

Global Entrepreneurship Week

The library will partner with the City of Hudson and Burton D. Morgan Foundation Nov. 16 through 22 for a Global Entrepreneurship Week with events around town to celebrate entrepreneurship in Hudson.

In addition to the MBA Lite series, a special speaker, Brad Stone, Bloomberg Businessweek writer and author of "The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon," will share his expertise at the Hudson High School auditorium on Nov. 18 at 7 p.m.

As part of the week, the Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship Research at the Hudson Library will hold its second annual "Pitch Night" Nov. 20 at 6:30 p.m. when entrepreneurs will pitch their technology-based business ideas to a panel of expert judges. Projects will be judged on high growth design, sustainability and potential to raise significant outside capital for continued growth.

This "shark tank" style program will be in front of a live audience, Smith said.

Participants will need to apply online for one of the six 20-minute time slots available. Applications will be accepted starting Oct. 1 and must be received by Nov. 1. All entries will be prescreened. Apply at on the Morgan Entrepreneurship Center tab and click on "The Pitch."

The judges Jim Cossler and George Buzzy of the Youngstown Business Incubator, John Dearborn of Streamlink Software and Cliff Reynolds from GLIDE will present three pries of $3,000 for first place; $1,500 for second place; and $500 for third place. The Burton D. Morgan Foundation sponsored the prize money.

Teens can learn how to pitch their business ideas Nov. 17 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. LightHouse Ohio, the first true entrepreneurial accelerator program for high school students run by Cleveland's LaunchHouse, will present speakers on business negotiations and public speaking with interaction with students in the audience.

In addition there will entrepreneur programs partnered with Junior Achievement for teens on Sundays: Oct. 19, Oct. 26 and Nov. 2 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Look for more information about Global Entrepreneurship Week and related events in future Hudson Hub-Times newspapers.


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