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March 1, 2009

Fair will offer guidance to budding entrepreneurs

Mount Aloysius College for one day in early April will become a one-stop informational shop for entrepreneurs and those considering starting a business as it hosts the Entrepreneurial Fair/Resources for Success event.

Owners of start-up companies and those thinking of becoming their own boss are encouraged to attend the free event, running from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 8 at the Health and Fitness Center. The fair is being organized by Johnstown Area Regional Industries, Mount Aloysius College and St. Francis University.

The fair will offer extensive information for entrepreneurs.

Exhibitors scheduled to attend the event include JARI, the Greater Johnstown/Cambria County Chamber of Commerce, St. Francis University Small Business Development Center, an assortment of lenders specializing in funding small business and many others.

In addition to exhibiting, representatives from Ben Franklin Technology Partners and EBizIT PA will be making presentations about their organizations and how they assist entrepreneurs.

“Any entrepreneur who attends will find in one place an opportunity to network with multiple organizations providing guidance and support that is available to their companies,” said Amy Noon, technology development specialist at JARI.

Students from the sponsoring schools also will be involved, taking part in a business plan competition. The winners will be selected at the conclusion of the fair and will receive prizes ranging from $1,000 to $3,000.

The afternoon session will feature an entrepreneurial panel presentation by Jonna Contacos-Sawyer of HR Consultants, Lynne Paint of Principle Reporting Group and Brian Shrift of Precision Business Solutions.

“They’re going to share their experiences in owning start-up businesses in our area,” Noon said. “They will be serving in sort of an entrepreneurial mentor role for the day.”

For additional information, e-mail or call Kim Asonevich of Mount Aloysius College at 886-6530 or Noon at 535-8675.

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