Flemming Creativity, Entrepreneurship & Economic Development Center News and Events

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Fall 2017

Entrepreneurship Speaker Panel

On November 13th, 2017, Penn State Berks hosted an Entrepreneurship Speaker Panel, featuring Heather Chandler, President of Sealstrip Corp. and Travis Getz, VP of Operations at Reading Bakery about the topic of “Intrapreneurship.”

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On November 13th, 2017, Penn State Berks hosted an Entrepreneurship Speaker Panel, featuring Heather Chandler, President of Sealstrip Corp. and Travis Getz, VP of Operations at Reading Bakery about the topic of “Intrapreneurship.”  The importance of teamwork and collaboration, as well as employer-employee engagement to promote creativity, were just a few of the key points highlighted in the presentation.  After sharing their experience, knowledge, and advice, they took questions from faculty, staff, and students in an informative Q&A session.  We thank Ms. Chandler and Mr. Getz for coming and all the useful information they provided.

Global Entrepreneurship Week 2017

In an effort to inspire an entrepreneurial spirit among students and to seek partnerships with business and industry that foster economic growth for the local community, Penn State Berks–along with all of Penn State University– is celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week, November 13–17, 2017. 

Nov. 13-17, 2017, Campus-wide
Discover Entrepreneurship Week at Penn State Berks


Monday, Nov. 13, 12:15 - 1:15pm, Gaige 121

Entrepreneurship Speaker Series: “INTRAPRENEURSHIP”
Speakers:  Heather Chandler, President: Sealstrip
& Travis Getz, VP of Operations: Reading Bakery

Wednesday, Nov. 15, 10:30am – 2:30pm, Gaige Building: Room 111

Creativity & Entrepreneurship Workshop
Guests: Reading School District Students

Thursday, Nov. 16, 12:05 pm-1:20pm, Gaige Building: Room 247

Presentation:  MGMT 215 “Entrepreneurial Mindset” class
Speaker: Timothy Hillert, CEO, BenXchange
Topic: “How to secure financing for a start-up business and different recourses to raise money”

Thursday, Nov. 16, 6:00pm, Gaige Building: Room 245
Presentation: MGMT 461 “International Management” class
Speaker: Gregg Shemanski, President, Custom Processing
Topic: “Opportunities in International Markets for Small to Medium Sized Manufacturing Firms”

Thursday, Nov. 16, 6:00pm, Gaige Building: Room 121
Presentation: IB 303 “International Management” class
Speakers: Justin Spannuth, VP/COO & Rob Rhoads, Brand Sales Manager, Unique Pretzels

Entrepreneur Guest Speaker Series
“Intrapreneurship”

Entrepreneurs come to provide insight and speak with Penn State Berks students.
On November 13th, 2017, Penn State Berks will host a guest speaker series featuring Heather Chandler and Travis Getz on the topic of “Intrapreneurship,” sharing their knowledge and insight, while engaging with students in a question-and-answer session.

Heather Chandler
President, Sealstrip Corporation
 
Sealstrip is a flexible packaging manufacturer of easy-open and reclosable features, located in Gilbertsville, PA.  Ms. Chandler holds an undergraduate degree in Education and an MBA from Penn State, and a law degree from Temple University.  She serves as Immediate past Chair of the Board of the Tri-County Chamber of Commerce, on the board of TeamPA Foundation, and the advisory councils of both Ben Franklin Technology Partners and The Delaware Family Business Center. Sealstrip has placed on the PA Best Places to Work list for 7 consecutive years and is currently ranked 6th.  Ms. Chandler was also a 2010 SmartCEO "Brava" award winner, a 2013 recipient of the YWCA "Tribute to Exceptional Women", and a 2015 Honoree of Eastern PA Girl Scouts "Take the Lead."  She speaks and writes on a variety of subjects, most frequently on leadership and The Intergenerational Workplace.

Travis Getz
VP of Operations, Reading Bakery Systems

A graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Electrical Engineering and US Navy veteran, Mr. Getz joined RBS in 2001 and since then has held positions of increasing responsibility including Electrical Engineer, Project Engineer, Director of Engineering. In his current position of Vice President of Operations, Travis is responsible for overseeing Engineering, Manufacturing, Procurement, Technical Services and the Science & Innovation Center.


Debut of the Langan LaunchBox

The Langan LaunchBox had its debut on October 25, 2016, allowing the attendees to tour the new center located at Penn State Health St. Joseph’s Downtown Reading Campus. The Langan LaunchBox will be used to provide opportunities to entrepreneurs, students, and others in the Reading area. Read More

College holds creative game programming workshop for PEPP students

Penn State Berks hold workshop to demonstrate creative game programming for Reading School District students. Read more about the workshop here>>

Berks Hosts Creativity and Entrepreneurship Workshop

Students from Reading Intermediate High School learn about Entrepreneurship. Read more about the workshop >>

On November 2nd, 2016, The Flemming CEED Center hosted a workshop for younger students based on promoting creativity and an entrepreneurial mindset. Students from Reading Intermediate High School were brought to Penn State Berks to participate in the workshop coordinated by Dr. Sadan Kulturel and Dr. Abdullah Konak.

As an introduction to the workshop, students were shown different aspects of 3D printing. Nick Haring and Josh Mullan explained the process and answered questions dealing with 3D printing. Projects printed by Penn State students were on display during the presentation.

After learning the basics of what it means to have an entrepreneurial mindset, teams of students were tasked with creating their own pizza business. With assistance from their workshop mentors, students discussing several vital aspects of creating a business. Marketing, business plans, funding, budgeting, and operations were all covered in their attempt to create a successful pizza business. To conclude the workshop, each team was able to present their ideas to their peers.

After hearing positive feedback by those involved, another Creativity and Entrepreneurship Workshop has been scheduled for the Spring 2017 semester. The expected date for this event is March 1st, 2017. The Flemming CEED Center plans on continuing these workshops as well as similar-style events for the benefit of younger students and to build an interest in entrepreneurship.

Flemming CEED Center Open House

The Flemming CEED Center hosted an open house on November 14th, 2016. The event allowed Penn State Berks students to learn about what the Flemming CEED Center is and current/upcoming activities that are being hosted. Students that attended were able to learn more about the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Minor as well as the Entrepreneurship Student Club. Club President Josh Mullan and Vice-President Nick Haring along with Dr. Sadan Kulturel answered questions and talked with students about the ventures of the Flemming CEED Center.

Students at the October 26th, 2016 Entrepreneurship Speaker Series

On October 26th, 2016, Penn State Berks hosted a guest speaker panel comprised of three successful entrepreneurs. After hearing from Timothy Hillert, John Gatto, and Pamela Moore-O’Neill about their different paths and how they ended up as entrepreneurs, students were able to engage in a question-and-answer session, which provided insight in a more individualistic way.

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Entrepreneur Guest Speaker Series

Entrepreneurs come to provide insight and speak with Penn State Berks students.

On October 26th, 2016, Penn State Berks hosted a guest speaker panel comprised of three successful entrepreneurs. After hearing from Timothy Hillert, John Gatto, and Pamela Moore-O’Neill about their different paths and how they ended up as entrepreneurs, students were able to engage in a question-and-answer session, which provided insight in a more individualistic way.

Mr. Timothy Hillert, graduated from Penn State-Berks in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a focus in financial services. In addition, he also completed his Executive MBA (E-MBA) in 2014 from Smeal College of Business. While studying for his E-MBA he created a company called BenXchange. A business that provides employee benefits, all-types of insurance and retirement plans from an owner’s perspective. He brought together a team of highly trained and accomplished individuals in their respective fields to help launch this operation. During its first year in business BenXchange received the very prestigious Stevie award Bronze medal for startup of the year. Timothy has the entrepreneurial spirit. In addition to BenXchange he has acquired PetInsure.net, and Lynx Allocation Partners, which is a Registered Investment Advisory. He has also acquired over 40 specific websites which focus on all products that BenXchange offers. Timothy is grateful to Penn State for all the opportunities it has offered him.

Mr. John Gatto, a Founding Member of TAR Capital, LLC, has more than 25 years of progressively responsible manufacturing operations experience directing as many as 60 employees in companies with revenues in excess of $100 million. John has led these companies through start-up, survival, turnaround, growth and acquisition modes.  As an Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Services professional, John gained expertise in diversified industries, including Oil and Gas, Energy, Off Road (including rail), Automotive, Marine, Offshore, Specialized Agriculture and Mining. Significant amongst his previous positions John held was Chief Operating Officer and Chief Executive Officer for CMR in North America for nearly 15 years. John also served as General Manager of Schroeder Industries, a Pittsburgh-based leading manufacturer of filtration and diagnostic products for the fluid power industry. John Joined Schroeder in 1987 to re-invigorate their stalled diagnostic products group and to integrate new international manufacturing partnerships.  John is a 1977 graduate of Penn State Berks.

It can be said that the entertainment bug infects certain individuals early on in life and is incurable.  Such is the case with Ms. Pamela Moore-O'Neill. Pam got her start in the entertainment industry at the age of 3, performing regularly on Al Alberts Showcase, an entertainment variety show broadcast on WPVI-6, Philadelphia's ABC-TV affiliate, from 1962 to 1994.  A lifelong Chester County resident, Pam graduated from Downingtown High School in 1981 and attended West Chester University (then West Chester State College) on a full scholarship.  She then went on to pursue her calling in entertainment, performing at local venues such as The Little Lyric and Opera Company, Three Little Bakers and The Apple Theater.  Her efforts culminated on September 1, 2000, when she went on her own and founded Moore Music, which she continues to successfully operate to this day, managing a staff of 18 disc jockeys and assistants.  Moore Music's accolades appear regularly in wedding publications such as Wedding Wire.  Additionally, the business has been the recipient of many local awa

Catherine Cook speaks to students and faculty

Co-founder of Social Networking Site Speaks to Students and Faculty

Jan. 28, 2013 - Catherine Cook, the co-founder of meetme.com was on campus to give a presentation to students and faculty on Monday Jan 28, 2013.

Group Attends Talk Sponsored by the Greater Reading Chamber of Commerce

Nov. 14, 2012 - Group of students and faculty attended Dr. Patricia Green?s talk. Read more about the event »

Entrepreneurship Speaker Series featured in the Reading Eagle

Nov. 13, 2012 - Bala Balasubramanian talks to students about what he?s learned starting new companies. Read about Speaker Series »

Fall Entrepreneurship Speaker Series to be held Oct. 31, 2012

Oct. 14, 2012 - A panel discussion will feature four entrepreneurs from area companies who will share their experiences with the campus community.

Penn State Berks Entrepreneurship initiative makes the news

Oct. 2, 2012 - Three alumni of Penn State Berks were featured in the Reading Eagle's Business Weekly publication. Read the Reading Eagle Article »

Group visits center at Drexel UniversityGroup of Penn State Berks faculty and students at Drexel University

A group of faculty and students recently visited the Laurence A. Baiada Center for Entrepreneurship of Drexel University.