Coatesville Relaunches Business Start-up & Entrepreneur Program in Support of a New Generation of Business Leaders

Coatesville Relaunches Business Start-up & Entrepreneur Program in Support of a New Generation of Business Leaders

COATESVILLE, PA — In partnership with the Kutztown University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and leading local business experts, the City of Coatesville will kick-off the Business Skills for Success for the Entrepreneur webinar series on June 23, 2020 at 6 p.m.

The nine-week program, held weekly on Tuesday evenings from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., is designed for entrepreneurs of any age who want to take their start-up, emerging or existing small business to the next level.

Seasoned business professionals will lead the weekly sessions. There is a one-time fee of $25 to participate in the full program and the registration deadline is June 23. Participants can pay online via credit card at or contact Kecia Sturdivant at [email protected] to make alternate payment arrangements.

Training Provided by City of Coatesville

  • June 23 – Business Discovery
  • June 30 – Market Acumen
  • July 7 – Capstone, The Pitch LIVE EVENT
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Training Provided by Kutztown University SBDC

  • July 14 – Business Planning/Business Model Canvas
  • July 21 – Marketing & Sales Growth
  • July 28 – Zoning & Codes, City Zoning & Opportunity Tax Zones
  • August 4 – Social Media/Web Analytics
  • August 11 – Bookkeeping/Special Topics Selected by the Cohort
  • August 18 – Shark Tank – The Pitch

There will be cash prizes for the pitch competition on August 18.

“I found the business skills workshop extremely helpful,” says Amber Little-Turner, who participated in a previous workshop presented by the university two years ago. “Although I had been in business for a while, I had the opportunity to redraft my business plan, create an effective presentation for potential lenders and increase my knowledge about how to market my business.”

“This program is a reboot of the successful CREATE workshop and training series Kutztown University offered in 2018,” says James Logan, Assistant City Manager of the City of Coatesville. “The City has many local entrepreneurs and small businesses that just need a little guidance to get them to the next level. We are happy to be involved with Kutztown University and the SBDC. The workshop capstone includes an opportunity for each qualifying business to make a live presentation in a Shark Tank setting That’s exciting!”

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“Kutztown is thrilled to be partnering with Coatesville to benefit entrepreneurs, start-ups, as well as existing businesses and the Coatesville community in order to help them start, grow, and prosper their businesses,” says Kecia Sturdivant, Assistant Director of Kutztown University SBDC.

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