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December 01, 2010
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab




SRU offers entrepreneurs 3-part Business Planning Workshop


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Regional residents looking to start a business should consider joining Slippery Rock University’s three-part “Business Planning Workshop” program designed to help would-be entrepreneurs develop their business plan and ideas.

            The free program, offered by SRU’s Sustainable Enterprise Accelerator, will be offered from 8 a.m. to noon at the University’s Center for Lifelong and Community Learning, 165 Elm St. Sessions are Dec. 4, Feb. 5 and March 19.

The workshops will be facilitated by Frances Amatucci, associate professor in SRU’s School of Business and managing director of the sustainable entrepreneurship program portion of SEA.

Amatucci, who joined the SRU faculty in 2008, has been a teacher, coach and researcher of entrepreneurship for nearly 20 years. She founded the Small Business Institute at Salem State College and was a certified FastTrac-New Venture facilitator for the Women’s Entrepreneurship Center at Chatham University.

“I think the sessions will be of benefit to those looking to start a business as well as college students, faculty and staff,” Amatucci said. “I encourage participants to bring their business ideas to the workshops.”

The first session, titled “First Steps,” will include a recap of the “Entrepreneurial Revolution,” tips on developing the entrepreneur within, starting your own business as a career choice, and how to recognize market opportunities and develop that first big idea.

Amatucci said part of the session would emphasize the “Three P’s” – profit, people and planet, “which are important considerations right from the beginning.”

The opening session will also outline local, state and federal resources available to help new entrepreneurs.

 The Feb. 5 workshop will deal with market analysis and building a sustainable business model. The March 19 session is titled “Financial Analysis Boot Camp.”

A related business plan competition is planned for 1-4 p.m., April 8, as part of SRU’s School of Business Week.

            Registration for the workshops can be completed by calling 724.738.4374 or via e-mail at

            The workshops are supported by a Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education grant.


Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania’s premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.