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A Mentor to Admire:
Tom Kennedy

Good leaders create followers
Great leaders create more leaders.

"The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them the opportunity to create themselves.” Steven Spielberg
Tom Kennedy was recognized a few years ago with Athena International’s Leadership Award, which is extremely prestigious and celebrates the leadership of women.  This honor was bestowed upon him because of his dedication to leadership and advocacy for women entrepreneurs.  Kennedy, who is the chief executive of Professional Development Associates, is a founding member of Erie's Athena programs, which are recognized as one of the most successful suite of Athena programs in the country. He has also been recognized for his mentorship and entrepreneurial successes by Ernst & Young, the former National City Bank, and Gannon University.
"Tom is a consummate advocate and mentor for entrepreneurs, women's advocacy and the entire region." - Linda Stevenson, Director ATHENA Erie/ATHENA PowerLink and board director for Athena International

"Choosing the right partner is probably the most important decision of any business person. Not only must one select someone who is ethical and of strong values, but one must select someone who can help create and share a vision, provide complimentary and predictable strengths, and bring energy to the relationship. Tom brings that and more!” Chuck Peters, Managing Member, Altair Holdings, LLC
One of Tom’s business partners, Donna Haskins, shares that his 'vision' is largely what makes him the inspiring mentor that he is.  When approached with ideas, his ability to understand and expand upon those concepts until they are fully developed, is unparalleled. While taking over the Palace Business Centre, he created a replicable plan that others can model after for similar projects. 

She also jokes that Tom is afflicted with 'Business A.D.D.' He is always starting new projects in new places! 

"What is most admirable," says Haskins, "is that with all that going on, he still finds ways to avail himself to the community, speaking with students and encouraging others, just for the sake of giving back."  When asked what her definition of a mentor was she provided me with a quote, “The way you see people is the way you treat them, and the way you treat them is what they become,” (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe).  

We can all agree that Tom Kennedy, one of Erie's most elite mentors, has a vision for Erie and will do what it takes to help people succeed and help their visions come to life.  

Join us to encourage more positive influencers in our area... people like Tom Kennedy, who mentor others and see to it that we, and our region, reach our potential.
Congrats to the 2016 Creative Entrepreneurs of the Year!

Help us celebrate the Beach Glass & Coastal Arts Festival
Hosted by Relish Jewelers


Relish Jewelers is pleased to present the fourth Great Lakes Beach Glass & Coastal Arts Festival! 2016's festival was a tremendous success with over 4,400 in attendance! Many vendors said it was their most successful show ever! 

The festival will again be held at Erie’s beautiful Bayfront Convention Center, April 29th & 30th, 2017. The event has room for 90 coastal artists. There will be a 'Best Beach Find' contest, live music, lectures, wine tasting, bottle / shard ID, and antique bottle collections. It will be held in the 29,000 sq.ft Great Hall.

Stay up to date with Erie Hack, Lake Erie's $100k Water Innovation Competition!
To get involved, contact us!

Awards will be announced at the Water Innovation Summit in Cleveland on May 2nd & 3rd.

For more info check out the Erie Hack Webpage
Innovation Collaborative

This 4th Annual shark tank like competition highlighted and rewarded university student teams'  innovations with cash and other prizes that will help them launch their solutions!  

Student Teams “pitched” their solutions to our “shark-like" panel of esteemed judges last Thursday at Erie Insurance! The judges chose GUBotDev as the Grand Champions, and Hot Seats from PSU Behrend won 1st place!


Meetup April 19th

Be the first to know as a NEW technology is revealed for the first time, right here in Erie, PA!

Enjoy dinner and making new connections at this Meetup at the Palms Conference Center, on Peach street between Hooch & Blotto’s and Splash Lagoon.

The fun starts at 6:00 p.m. on April 19th!


Entrepreneurs' Caucus
Join us for a 2nd April Meetup on the 25th at 5:00 pm!  This one is about the upcoming elections.  We have questions, as entrepreneurs, about the candidates and their plans. 

Each candidate that attends will take a turn, picking a random question out of the “fish bowl” and answering it on the spot. 

This fun event will be at the Bourbon Barrel on April 25th at 5:00pm. RSVP


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