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1 Million Cups Empowers Entrepreneurs in the Susquehanna Valley

By Kendy Alvarez

It’s a common invitation that often leads to the exchange of ideas, discussion of possibilities, and the discovery of solutions.

The 1 Million Cups (1MC) Susquehanna Valley community expands that concept to a larger scale by providing entrepreneurs with a monthly platform to present their businesses and receive immediate feedback and advice from industry experts, startup enthusiasts, and fellow business owners.

At each event, two entrepreneurs share the stories of their early-stage ventures: each after connecting with a speaker coach who helps them prepare. All of this happens, of course, over cups of coffee provided by local community sponsors and host organizations. The Columbia Montour Chamber of Commerce is a new co-sponsor of 1 Million Cups Susquehanna Valley.

"The vibrancy and positive energy of 1 Million Cups events create an environment where all ideas and individuals are welcomed; and are given invaluable feedback from entrepreneurs and community leaders”, said Diane Weller, owner of Diane Weller Coaching.

One Million Cups Susquehanna Valley recently marked four years of empowering the entrepreneurs of the valley, and even more recently relaunched in-person sessions. Events are scheduled at locations across four counties through the rest of the year:

● August 10 at Startup Lewisburg, 416 Market Street, Lewisburg, PA 17837
● September 14 at the Central PA Chamber of Commerce, 30 Lawton Ln, Milton, PA 17847
● October 12 at STEAM Innovation Labs, 361 Market St, Sunbury, PA 17801
● November 9 at Susquehanna University, 514 University Ave, Selinsgrove, PA 17870
● December 14 at the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce, 2859 N Susquehanna Trail, Shamokin Dam, PA 17876

During each event, entrepreneurs have six minutes to present their early-stage company or pre-venture concept to other entrepreneurs and community members. Following each presentation, the audience asks questions, provides helpful feedback, and shares similar experiences or support. Entrepreneurs are invited to visit www.1millioncups.com/Susquehanna to apply to present at an upcoming event.

Committed to breaking down barriers so all entrepreneurs can access the resources they need, 1 Million Cups welcomes anyone with a desire to grow a business or has an interest in supporting fellow entrepreneurs. 1 Million Cups is not a pitch platform, nor is it solely a networking event. It’s a chance for entrepreneurs to tap into the knowledge and experience of the local community in a focused and encouraging environment.

1 Million Cups is a program of the Kauffman Foundation for Entrepreneurship, and the Susquehanna Valley community is one of almost two hundred 1MC communities across the country. For more information, visit www.1millioncups.com/susquehanna.