for Student Entrepreneurs
Students at Lorain County Community College (LCCC) and
The University Partnership now have free access to business
support through the acclaimed entrepreneurship model of the
Blackstone LaunchPad. The Blackstone LaunchPad helps
students move their idea for a business or product from
conception to reality. The services are available for all
students, regardless of their area of study.
“Blackstone LaunchPad promotes entrepreneurship as a viable
career choice for any student, not just those working on a
business degree,” Lee S. Kolczun, BLP director, said.
LCCC is one of four northeast Ohio campuses, representing more
than 72,000 students that will open the 2012 academic year with
a new, acclaimed campus program that encourages young people to
pursue entrepreneurship as a career and to turn untested ideas
into real business ventures.
LCCC is one of four local colleges and universities chosen to
participate in a three-year partnership with the Blackstone
Charitable Foundation and The Burton D. Morgan Foundation to
support the next generation of entrepreneurs in Northeast Ohio.
The Blackstone Charitable Foundation and The Burton D.
Morgan Foundation grants to LCCC, Case Western Reserve
University, Kent State University, and Baldwin Wallace
University expand a national Blackstone LaunchPad network
that gives students and alumni the skills, knowledge and
guidance to start new companies.
“We are honored to partner with these fine institutions through
the Blackstone LaunchPad Initiative. At LCCC, we strongly
believe that fostering an entrepreneurial mindset within our
students and our community holds the key to successfully
reinventing our region,” said Roy A. Church, President of
LCCC. “This new grant will expand our existing skills in
mentoring new ventures to develop successful student
The Blackstone LaunchPad at LCCC officially opened on August 27.
A grand opening event will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, September
7, 2012 on the first floor of the Barbara and Mike Bass
Library/Community Resource Center on the LCCC campus.
Interested students may also register in person at the
Blackstone LaunchPad, located in room 114 of the Barbara and
Mike Bass Library/Community Resource Center. Students may also
contact Janice Lapina, program manager, at
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