NEO LaunchNET – Lorain County Community College’s entrepreneurial-launching, dream-making, business machine – will host a series of events in celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) on November 13, 14 and 15. All events are free and open to the public.
NEO LaunchNET Program Manager Janice Lapina will kick off the festivities in College Center Commons at 12 p.m., Monday, November 13 with information about NEO LaunchNET and its mission on the LCCC campus.
Keynote speaker and successful Cleveland entrepreneur Greg Murray of Greg Murray Photography will immediately follow Lapina’s presentation. He will share how he left the corporate world and formed his self-named photography studio by turning his passion of photography and pets into his profession. Murray will highlight his business success of creating the widely acclaimed “For the Love of Peanut Butter” photo series which depicts the hilarity of dogs enjoying peanut butter. The book created from this photo series – Peanut Butter Dogs – is sold on Amazon and Murray’s work has received acclaim both nationally (Today Show, People Magazine, Elle Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle) and locally (WKYC, WJW-8). Attendants can meet Murray, buy his book and have it signed as well.
Greg Wiley of Elyria Friendship APL and Lorain Humane Officer Rick “Doc” Broz will also be in attendance with some four-legged friends in support of Murray and his pet-themed photography. Murray donates his time and talents to the APL by taking photographs that highlight the pet’s personality and allow for faster adoption.
LCCC students, staff and faculty are encouraged to submit their own pet photographs that will be shown on monitors during the week. Those submitting photos will be entered into a contest to win a signed copy of Greg Murray’s book “Peanut Butter Dogs” as well as a $50 Amazon gift card.
GEW festivities continue on Tuesday, November 14, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in CC106 with a Business & Entrepreneurial Expo of business owners.
NEO LaunchNET will also host food trucks outside of College Commons from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Tuesday – Little Piggy (pulled pork), Betty’s Bomb Burgers (burgers), 216 Bistro Truck (tacos) and Smokin’ Rock N Roll (mac and cheese). The clothing truck High Pockets will also be on site.
Capping off GEW will be NEO LaunchNET’s annual business competition on Wednesday, November 15, where all students, regardless of major, can present a business idea before a panel of judges for the opportunity to win cash prizes of $500 (first place), $250 (second place) and $150 (third place).
LCCC faculty and staff have the opportunity to win a $50 Amazon card by encouraging students to participate in the competition and having students write their name on the “Referred by” line of the competition form, found at: https://www.febe3.com/student.
Learn more at www.lorainccc.edu/gew.