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In this Newsletter:

  1.  Open Innovation at Innovation Commons (Read About our Experience)
  2.  County Government Employees Complete Ice House Training (Erie Ice House)
  3.  Get to know SCORE: Expert Mentors and Consultants (About SCORE)
  4. eCommerce Day Forum 2016 Save the Date! May 19th, 2016. 
  5. Take the Downtown Food Hub Survey (Click Here)
  6. Digital Media Arts Festival (Learn More)  
  7. Register to Attend the Innovation Showcase (Registration)  

Open Innovation at Innovation Commons


We recently had a chance to tour Innovation Commons at Penn State Behrend. We're blown away by this open and inclusive strategy for economic development. Congratulations to Ignite Erie and Innovation Commons!

Experience the Renaissance - Entrepreneur Meetup March 29th, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.


The Renaissance Centre is quickly becoming a hub for Creatives and Entrepreneurs. 

Thanks to our sponsor, Altair Real Estate Services, you can come and experience this beautiful building while having fun with fellow entrepreneurs. Enjoy browsing the first floor shops including Franco's, Impromptu, Isaac Baker, Picturesque, and weCreate.

County Government Employees Complete Ice House Training


Ice House is being launched in partnership with Workforce Development, County Government, Preferred Systems, Young Entrepreneurs Society, and Blasco Library to teach individuals to live, work, and play with an entrepreneurial mindset. 

What is an Entrepreneurial Mindset? It is NOT just for starting a business: 

An entrepreneurial mindset is a tool that empowers the lives of individuals of all ages, walks of life, and professions. It is a tool that teaches us that we are not casualties of our current circumstances. We are empowered to see challenges as opportunities and to understand that we, alone or collectively, are responsible for becoming valuable to the world around us. (Read More

Follow Erie Ice House on Social Media: Website | Twitter | Facebook 

Get to know SCORE: Regional Experts who will Improve your Business


SCORE provides entrepreneurs and small businesses with experienced, expert mentors across all different management disciplines and industries. The Erie SCORE chapter has significant expertise and was acknowledged as one of the top ten chapters throughout the Country. 

Would you like free mentorship or consulting for your business? Contact SCORE representative Gilles Mullard for more information: (Email | 814-864-1199 x 127) 

SCORE is a 501c3 organization with chapters all throughout the United States. The local SCORE chapter, located in downtown Erie, serves Erie, Crawford, Venango, Clarion, Forrest and Warren Counties.

eCommerce Day 2016: Find Solutions. Build Relationships.  

Save the date! The eCommerce Day Forum will take place on May 19th, 2016. If you sell products or services, you can benefit from this conference. The Forum will feature Keynote Speaker Ross Kramer, CEO of Listrak.

Interesting in Sponsoring? Contact Cathy von Birgelen: 

Made in Erie Training


The Made in Erie Training is a series of presentations and workshops on industrial and product design to encourage the creation of new, well-designed products for Erie manufacturers. 

The next session will be held on April 9th at the Blasco Library. The morning presentation takes place from 10:00 - 12:00 in the Admiral Room of the Library. It is free to attend! 

Take the Downtown Food Hub Survey


Currently, residents living downtown are dislocated from fresh food. 

A group of individuals in our community is working hard to correct this. You can help out by completing this survey. AND you can win $50! 

Digital Media Arts Festival at Penn State Behrend 

When: March 30th - April 1st

Penn State Behrend's Digital Media Festival is sponsored by the college's Digital Media, Arts, and Technology bachelor's degree program. Numerous local digital media and arts thought leaders will speak throughout the 3 day festival.

These leaders include Kris Wheaton, Todd Scalise, RendrFX, Charlie Roberts, and David Watkins. 

All festivals are free and open to the public. Reserved parking for attendees will be available in the Reed lot. 

Register to Attend the Collegiate Innovation Showcase


The Collegiate Innovation Showcase is scheduled for April 21st, 2016 and will take place at the Erie Insurance Auditorium. Listen to students present innovative solutions and compete for cash and in kind prizes from local support organizations.
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