Story by Matt Gergely

Staff Writer

With finals around the corner, the NeoLaunch Net program hosted an event that was “a way to reach out to college students as well as a way for our current students to have a early business experience,” said Director Janice Lapina. The event included a forum with Lorain County Community College President Marcia Ballinger and multiple food trucks with some operated by NeoLaunch Net members.

“We decided to team up with Dr. Ballinger and combine both of our events as a way to promote both at the same time,” Lapina said. The event and NeoLaunchNet program has been a real success for one particular student who is turning his life around after going through hard times. “Our student has gone from barely making rent payments to owning his own food truck and that is what I think is so special about our program,” Lapina said.

The NeoLaunchNet provides LCCC students with both an outlet to sell and experience new food and experiences while helping new entrepreneurs get off the ground and start them off on to the long road of success.

LCCC has been a pioneer in helping students achieve their dream of becoming entrepreneurs with the NeoLaunchNet program.  NeoLaunchNet was created in 2008 with support from the Burton D. Morgan Foundation.  Its mission includes providing students with the knowledge, skills, and experiences that will help them succeed with their ventures.

For more information about the NeoLaunchNet program, contact the office at 440.366.4900 or at lccclaunch@lorainccc.edu. Walk-ins are also welcomed at LC114 in the Bass Library at the Elyria Main Campus.