By Valerie Morris

Lorain County Community College celebrated Global Entrepreneurship Week Nov. 12-15 with guest speakers and workshops for budding entrepreneurs. Janice Lapina, program manager for Blackstone LaunchPad, helped coordinate the four-day event by bringing in speakers and local business owners for breakout sessions.

Special guest speaker Stella Moga-Kennedy discusses her book 'Stella's Way' at Global Entrepreneurship Week Nov. 12. Photo: Starr D'Avril | The Collegian

“We are a community college, and we do things here not just for students but also for the community,” said Lapina. “We have the resources for anyone, even if they’re just toying with an idea.”
The week kicked off Nov. 12 with features from students on campus. Chinese students presented songs and violin selections. Special guest Stella Moga-Kennedy also attended to answer questions and share her entrepreneurial experiences. Moga-Kennedy, an immigrant from Cluj, Romania, started a daycare center in 1982 in the basement of a church. Now her business, Le Chaperon Rouge, has eight locations in the Northeast Ohio area making $7 million annually. Nov. 13 featured breakout sessions with local entrepreneurs such as Erin Corwin, who spoke about social entrepreneurship, and Dave Petno who discussed Entrepreneurship and the American dream.

The third day of the event, Nov. 14, saw a panel discussion with business owners addressing issues faced when starting a business in Northeast Ohio. After the panel, tours of the Culinary Arts building, iLoft, Beth K. Stocker Art Gallery, FabLab or Blackstone LaunchPad were available. Many guests took advantage of the chance to see what LCCC had to offer.
Lapina worked closely with Joan Perch, operations coordinator for Stocker Arts Center, to put the events together. Students in the Journalism and Public Relations class also helped sponsor the event by writing press releases and designing the logos to publicize the event.
To learn more about the event, click here to go to the website for Blackstone LaunchPad.