Take your business idea to the next level.
Do you have a business plan that could use some help getting fleshed out? Want an opportunity to network with peers and connect with small business resource providers?
The Cultivate Lancaster Entrepreneurs Forum is your chance to present your big idea to a community of thinkers just like you! Presented by the Lancaster City Alliance and ASSETS, Cultivate Lancaster is a free workshop for budding entrepreneurs to connect with influential thinkers and doers and learn about the many resources and small business support services that are available in the community.
Since its debut in December 2015, the Cultivate Lancaster Entrepreneurs Forum has engaged more than 600 local entrepreneurs and resource providers across three forum events, offering a unique opportunity for budding innovators and existing small business owners to find the resources they need to get establish or grow their business.
The fourth Cultivate Lancaster Entrepreneurs Forum returns to the Southern Market Center (100 South Queen Street) in Downtown Lancaster on Thursday, April 27, from 5-9pm.
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What to Expect
Focused breakout sessions (NEW) :: Learn more about the topics that are important to you – from registering your business to building a marketing plan to finding funding. Whereas previous Cultivate Lancaster events were centered on the Pitch & Brew experience, this time around we are structuring the event around a schedule of mini-seminars and workshops tailored for enterpreneurs and small business owners.
One-on-one mentoring (NEW) :: Take advantage of an opportunity to meet with a business mentor to discuss your unique challenges.
Pitch & Brew sessions :: In addition to the breakout sessions, there will still be an option for you to participate in a Pitch & Brew session. If you're not familiar, Pitch & Brew offers a chance for you to present your business ideas and entrepreneurial challenges to a mixed group of fellow entrepreneurs, resource providers and established business leaders to receive feedback.
Networking, networking, networking :: Take advantage of this valuable opportunity to connect with other local entrepreneurs while addressing and solving business challenges, brainstorming ideas and learning from one another
PITCH & BREW
You might be asking yourself: So what is this whole Pitch & Brew thing all about, anyway? Allow us to explain...
This session is a creative way to get feedback on your entrepreneurial idea or challenge from the innovative thinkers around you. All you need to do is come prepared with a 2-minute “pitch” which will be presented to and “brewed” upon by a small group of fellow entrepreneurs and organizations that may provide resources to assist you. The “brewing” period follows and is time dedicated to only you – others in the group will ask you questions, give advice, poke holes and help make connections.
What an amazing opportunity to get the honest, knowledgeable feedback you have been craving, right?!? Once your turn is over, you will then get the chance to provide feedback to others in the same way, thus completing the circle of positive vibes, collaboration and community-building.
The Pitch & Brew sessions are a great way to get the conversation started. If you have business cards – bring 'em! The conversation may start at Cultivate Lancaster, but it doesn't need to end there...
So you've got your big idea – now what's next?
We're willing to bet you didn't know just how many local business support services, mentors & resource providers are available and ready to help you... At Cultivate Lancaster, you'll have plenty of opportunity to engage these services and learn how they can help you grow your idea in the right direction.
LANCASTER CITY ALLIANCE
The Lancaster City Alliance works to improve the City’s financial stability, public safety & quality of life by aligning with like-minded economic-development and community organizations – jointly identifying key initiatives, linking stakeholders, allocating resources, acting as a catalyst – to produce extraordinary outcomes for the future benefit & utility of the City.
ASSETS creates economic opportunity & cultivates entrepreneurial leadership by offering programs focusing on small businesses & social enterprise. This includes business start-up trainings, Lending Circles (micro-loans for small businesses), Women’s Leadership Circles and the Great Social Enterprise Pitch.
Whether launching a new business or tackling issues in an existing one, SCORE has over 50 volunteer mentors to provide expert advice & feedback through a free, confidential mentoring program.
Pubforge is a tech-working space located in the heart of downtown Lancaster, PA – a well-equipped sanctuary where professional technologists can focus, produce and grow. Designed with the professional technologist in mind, Pubforge is dedicated to being the best environment for you to do your best work.
The Candy Factory
The Candy Factory is Lancaster's premier coworking community and shared work space for professionals, the perfect place for small businesses, freelancers, startups, non-profits & students.
Lancaster Chamber of Commerce & Industry
The Lancaster Chamber of Commerce & Industry is a dynamic membership organization comprised of nearly 2,300 community-minded businesses working to make Lancaster County a great place to live, work & do business. The Chamber boasts an impressive menu of services aimed at helping business leaders & professionals connect, learn and grow.
TechLancaster started as a simple local meetup, a safe place for like-minded tech people to come together and geek out. Led by and comprised of members of the tech community, TechLancaster is dedicated to supporting the continued growth in Lancaster's tech scene and ensuring that the community remains a healthy, open, and welcoming place for all its current and future members.
As Lancaster's first makerspace, the make717 Innovation Center is at the epicenter of collaboration and innovation in Lancaster County, working to foster an environment where we share knowledge, experience, tools & resources and where we are engaged in creating.
Kick-ass Female Entrepreneurs
This is a group for female entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs that meets monthly at a female owned & operated business in Lancaster. The goal is to share knowledge, skills and advice; network; and support each other as they grow their businesses and/or make the decision to start a business.
As Lancaster’s first and only bilingual vocational training school, TecCentro is dedicated to providing integrated support services to remove barriers that may inhibit career advancement by offering adult education, job readiness workshops, employment services, bilingual training, and multiple career pathways. Among these career pathways are health care: CNA medial receptionist, medical billing, dental assisting, business and hospitality, construction, manufacturing, and general office (clerical).
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMPANY
The Economic Development Company of Lancaster County is the leading organization dedicated to promoting business development and expansion within Lancaster County. A private, not-for-profit, non-government organization, EDC works on a number of fronts to promote the economic well-being of our communities.
CITY OF LANCASTER DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT & NEIGHBORHOOD REVITALIZATION
The department of Economic Development & Neighborhood Revitalization works to revitalize and preserve the City by supporting businesses and protecting existing housing stock.
PA State Department of Community & Economic Development
The mission of the Department of Community & Economic Development is to foster opportunities for businesses to grow & for communities to succeed & thrive in a global economy. The DCED offers a variety of support services, including business registration & financing, business plan assistance & more.
BEN FRANKLIN TECHNOLOGY PARTNERS
For more than 30 Years, Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central & Northern PA has provided startup funding and business support services to tech-based startups and small manufacturers located in our 32-county footprint.
HACC – Central Pennsylvania’s Community College
For more than 50 years, HACC has provided an accessible & affordable higher educational opportunity for the Central PA region. Boasting an enrollment of more than 20,000 students across five regional campuses or taking classes online. HACC offers more than 150 degrees & dozens of certificate & workforce education programs to help professionals advance their careers.
Community First Fund
The vision of the Community First Fund is a vibrant & diverse community where individuals prosper & are free from poverty & discrimination. CFF's mission is to create sustainable prosperity for low-wealth communities & individuals, especially Persons of Color & women, by aligning capital, knowledge & advocacy to advance business ownership, housing & community development in the communities we serve.
Duke Street Business Center
Housed at Lancaster Public Library, the Duke Street Business Center is a one-stop source for authoritative & up-to-date business & nonprofit information. The DSBC's business librarians have years of experience conducting business & nonprofit research utilizing licensed databases, specialized websites & authoritative reference books and periodicals.
Kutztown Small Business Development Center
The Kutztown University SBDC provides consulting services & educational programs to entrepreneurs looking to start or grow their small business and assist entrepreneurs with the many decisions a new business owner faces.
Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology
Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology educates Pennsylvania's economically & socially disadvantaged as well as other qualified students for skilled employment in a diverse, ever changing workforce & for full effective participation as citizens.
SBA Eastern Pennsylvania District Office
The Small Business Administration (SBA) is a United States government agency that provides support to entrepreneurs & small businesses. The SBA was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist & protect the interests of small business concerns; to preserve free competitive enterprise; & to maintain & strengthen the overall economy of our nation. The Eastern Pennsylvania District Office provides small businesses with opportunities for business financing, entrepreneurial development, government contracting & advocacy.
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There are limited Sponsorship Opportunities available to reach this important and growing audience that is shaping the future of Lancaster. Take advantage of this valuable opportunity to connect with local entrepreneurs while addressing and solving business challenges, brainstorming ideas and learning from one another!