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In this Newsletter:
  1. Support local entrepreneurs' crowdfunding!
  2. Don't Miss The Next Meetup!
  3. Vintage is IN!
  4. Beer & Money
  5. Eat safe food and count your money well!
  6. Ice House Leadership Program

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Support local KickStarter Campaigns

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This one is close to goal - let's give them the kick
they need!!! 
(ends Sunday, June 12th)

Socialism - It's a Game Changer!

PartyTogz launching soon - Watch FB for details

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Shoe Shine 2 Go - Ends June 23rd

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Launched June 7 on KickStarter

June 14 on KickStarter

Entrepreneur Meetup
June 22nd

Where: Inner Balance Pilates
               2503 West 15th St, Ste 5
               Erie, PA 16505
Time:    5:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Network and Nosh in the gorgeous Inner Balance Pilates studio while learning about the power of collaboration in business!

Hear about Gen's entrepreneurial journey and then from 3 wellness entrepreneurs on ways to stay successful in your business while keeping your life and health in balance.

Have a drink--Mix, mingle, and unwind with Erie's business elite at June's Innovation Collaborative Entrepreneur Meet-Up!

Vintage Summer Symposium June 12th


Bridgeway Capital & Erie Ale Works

Erie Ale Works | 416 West 12th Street | Erie PA 16501
Thursday, June 16th, 2016 | 5:30pm-8:30pm

Bridgeway Capital invites you to New Impact 2016 to discover the innovative ways we foster equitable economic development in and around Erie. This fun and casual event will be held at the popular Erie Ale Works. Erie Ale Works is a Bridgeway client and will offer several varieties of craft beer along with handcrafted soft drinks. BBQ catering provided by local favorite food truck, The Que Abides.

SBDC Training

Clarion University SBDC Training and Events

Upcoming Seminars: Click on a seminar for more information and to register!

Business skills workshops for the months of June, July. and August:

QuickBooks 2015 Level I: 6/7/2016 and 6/9/2016 in Clearfield @ 5:30 pm

ServSafe Food Safety Certification: 6/15/2016 and 6/22/2016 in Cranberry @ 9:00 am

QuickBooks 2015 Level II: 6/21/2016 and 6/23/2016 in Clearfield @ 5:30 pm

Unemployment Compensation Seminar: 6/28/2016 in DuBois @ 9:00 am

ServSafe Food Safety Certification: 8/23/2016 and 8/30/2016 in Clarion @ 9:00 am

Understanding the Numbers: Accounting and Financial Analysis for Your Business: 9/13/2016 in Kittanning @ 8:00 am

Thinking of starting your own business? Attend a First Step seminar!
The First Steps to Start and Finance Your Business: Click on a location for details!

Kittanning: 6/8/2016 @ 5:00 pm
Erie: 6/9/2016 @ 6:00 pm
DuBois: 6/13/2016 @ 5:00 pm
Emporium: 6/22/2016 @ 9:00 am
Ridgway: 7/8/2016 @ 12:30 pm
Clarion: 7/9/2016 @ 9:00 am
Kittanning: 7/16/2016 @ 9:00 am
DuBois: 7/20/2016 @ 5:00 pm
Coudersport: 7/27/2016 @ 9:00 am
Clarion: 8/6/2016 @ 9:00 am
Smethport: 8/12/2016 @ 9:00 am
DuBois: 8/17/2016 @ 5:00 pm
Kittanning: 8/20/2016 @ 9:00 am
Emporium: 8/24/2016 @ 9:00 am

What's happening in the area? Click for more information!
Workshop Schedule: Cooking for crowds, Food Safety for nonprofit and consumers May, June & July 2016
Workshops: Catalyst Connection Training & Events May, June & July 2016

NWIRC is looking for manufacturers interested in providing student internships

Visit our website for more news!

Ice House Leadership Program News!


Congratulations to the newest graduates of the Ice House Program - Former GE Employees and now Enthusiastic Job Seekers: Randy  Vroman, Sherri Lybrook, Norbert Lozadaur, Armand Wertz, Gary Czerwinski, Michael Fargiorgio, Jason Christensen, Jon Swindlehurst, Paul Kuchcinski

Welcome to our latest Certified Ice House Facilitators:
Brett Wiler, Chanel Cook, Sabrina Fischer, Brian Nottingham, Amanda Slider, Caryl Unseld, Shantel Hilliard, Susan Gable, Darnell Stallworth, Rodney Cray, Gae Anderson Miller, Eileen Zinchiak, Leigh   Kostis, Adam Bratton, Paul Jericho, Anthony Conti, Tim Few, Kim Burney, Matt McLaughlin, Kathy Gray


Learn more at and Contact the Innovation Collaborative to schedule training (814-490-5295

Join us for an Ice House Information Webinar

Join ELI Founder Gary Schoeniger to learn about the Ice House Entrepreneurship Programs. This information-packed webinar provides an in-depth look at the Ice House philosophy, course content, structure, and learning outcomes, as well as target audiences, pricing, and delivery options.

Thursday, June 16, 2016 from 1:00 PM-2:00 PM EST. Register here.

For more information contact:
814-490-5295 cell

Join us at ERCGP Business After Hours!

Sunrise Senior Living

Date: 6/16/2016
Time: 5:00 PM TO 7:00 PM

Sunrise Senior Living
1012 West Bayfront Parkway
Erie, PA 16507

Phone: (814) 454-7191 x146

For more information and to register

BlueTree Allied Angels Investor Meeting
June 21, 4 30 p.m.
contact Beth Zimmer for more information

"I am seeing Innovation Collaborative change this County's footprint and it is much needed.  Your organization has embraced new ideas and fresh talents in town and I commend you for this!!

As an entrepreneur that has been in business for 19 years I cannot tell you how much I would have loved that support when I was starting out and probably would not have had so many barriers if Innovation Collaborative was around when I started.  This only means many more businesses are going to be born in Erie PA and give us new life!  

Thank you to all of your Board Members and Investors for making Erie a town for the future!!"

Brenda Bennett

Founder & President

Transportation Solutions

Disclaimer - Innovation Collaboration supports initiatives for growth in Erie. We amplify messages about events and opportunities from our partners and the community (meaning we do not own the companies), in an effort to increase awareness of the amazing opportunities. 

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