Executive Producer of Playhouse Square Gina Vernaci will kick off the fall 2017 Entrepreneurship Series Sept. 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the Hudson Library and Historical Society and sponsored by the Burton D. Morgan Foundation, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
Vernaci oversees programming, marketing, sales, community engagement and education initiatives and all stage operations at the not-for-profit arts center. She has shepherded the growth of the KeyBank Broadway Series at Playhouse Square to more than 40,000 season ticket holders, leading the nation and positioning Cleveland among an elite group of cities able to open national tours and present touring productions for three weeks or longer.
• Several workshops will focus on using data to build business plans and understand potential markets. Timothy Sarko, data dissemination specialist for the U.S. Census Bureau, will cover “Census Data for Small Business” Sept. 13 at 10 a.m. Learn how to find valuable company, industry and financial information using the library’s premium databases Sept. 20 at 10 a.m.
• New York Times bestselling author Jen Sincero will discuss her newest book, “You are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth” Sept. 27 at 6:30 p.m. The book combines hilarious personal essays with bite-size “aha” concepts to unlock earning potential, perfect for soon-to-be-financially-independent college grads, employees who are stuck in the workforce rut and entrepreneurs who want to take it to the next level. The program is now full. All are welcome to attend the book signing in the rotunda after the program.
• An in-depth look at social media marketing will be presented as part of a four-part series, co-sponsored by Akron SCORE and led by Karen Leonarrd, VP of Operations of Innovative Global Vision, Inc. The workshops will be Oct. 4, 11, 18 and 25 at 10 a.m. The topics include, “Grow Your Business with Email and Social Media,” “Drive New Business with Social Media,” “30 Ways to Grow Your Email List” and “Shorten Your Sales Cycle—Automate Your Marketing.”
• Learn about Biomimicry, the process of studying nature in order to design products and processes to solve human problems, Oct. 11 at 6:30 p.m. Dr. Peter H. Niewiarowski of the University of Akron’s Integrated Department of Biology and Great Lakes Biomimicry consortium will discuss this exciting field and its potential to impact the economy of Northeast Ohio.
• Tips and techniques on using the latest version of accounting software QuickBooks will be explained in a two-part workshop from the author of numerous textbooks on the subject, Terri Brunsdon, CPA, MT, JD, Oct. 24 and 25, both at 6:30 p.m. Space is limited for these popular workshops co-sponsored by Akron SCORE.
The fifth annual “Pitch Night” in celebration of the Burton D. Morgan’s 50th Anniversary will be Nov. 14 at 6:30 p.m. during Global Entrepreneurship Week. Entrepreneurs will pitch their business ideas to a panel of expert judges. Participants will need to apply online for one of the 10, 10-minute time slots available for this “shark tank” style program. Online applications will be accepted starting Oct. 9, and must be received by Oct. 30. A $3,000 cash prize will be awarded to the first place winner, second place will receive $1,500 and third place will receive $500. The public is welcome to participate as a member of the audience and watch the competition. Visit www.hudsonlibrary.org for details.
Register online for these free programs at hudsonlibrary.org or call 330-653-6658 ext. 1010. In addition to these events, the Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship Research at the Hudson Library will also offer instructional classes in the library’s second floor computer lab on a variety of tech tools for small business, including MailChimp for email marketing, Facebook, graphic design with Canva, Photoshop, 3D printing, Google calendar, and web design using Wix. Space for these classes is limited and registration will be available online later in the season.