AKRON — The Ohio Small Business Development Center (OSBDC) at the Summit Medina Business Alliance will offer a “Business Basics” Workshop for individuals interested in or just starting a business, either at a commercial location or at home. The workshop is scheduled for Oct. 3 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Odom Boulevard Branch Library, 600 Vernon Odom Blvd. Participants will receive the business plan outline during the session. Licensing sources and general application forms provided through the Ohio Business Gateway at www.Ohio.gov will be discussed, and participants are asked to review the Web page information. The workshop is free, but registration is required. For registration and more information, contact the SBDC at (330) 375-2111 or register online at www.akron sbdc.org.
KENT — Hosted by Kent State University’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation, an Entrepreneurship Extravaganza will take place Oct. 4-6. The extravaganza kicks off with JumpStart Pub Night Oct. 4 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Ray’s Place, 135 Franklin Ave. This networking opportunity for current and future entrepreneurs will feature guest speaker Ray Leach, chief executive officer of JumpStart. Complimentary appetizers and a cash bar will be available. The Michael D. Solomon Lecture Series in Entrepreneurship will take place Oct. 5 from 6 to 7: 30 p.m. in the auditorium of Kent State’s Rockwell Hall. This year’s featured speaker, Thomas Christopher, president of Follett Higher Education Group, will talk about “Achieving Entrepreneurial Success in a Retail Environment.” A wine and cheese reception will follow. The week’s events will culminate Oct. 6 with an Innovation Showcase from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the second floor of the Kent Student Center and the Extreme Entrepreneur Tour from 10 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. in the Kiva. The extravaganza is free and open to the public, although registration is required. Register online by tomorrow, Sept. 29, at business.kent.edu/cebi/ extrav. For more information, contact Julie Messing at (330) 672-9430 or jmessing@kent .edu. MONTROSE — The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Cleveland Chapter will host its next Tri-County Satellite meeting Oct. 5 at Mustard Seed Café, 3885 W. Market St. Networking will begin at 11:30 a.m., followed by lunch, available from the café menu. The program, “How to Get the Most for Your Business From Your NAWBO Membership,” will be led by a panel of NAWBO member speakers. For more information or reservations, which are required, call (440) 914-9262 or e-mail mailbox @nawbocleveland.org.
MEDINA — The Medina Area Chamber of Commerce and Medina Women in Business, with the support of National City Bank, will co-host the first Greater Medina Businesswomen’s Summit Oct. 12 starting at 7:30 a.m. at Williams-on-the-Lake, 787 Lafayette Road. The event is open to all women, whether currently in business or hoping to enter the business world. The day will begin with Myra Orenstein, of CATV Inc., leading an interactive session to develop a marketing campaign. The keynote speaker will be Connie Dieken, Emmy award-winning newscaster, winner of the 2006 NAWBO Top Ten Women Business Owners Award and president/founder of onPoint Communication. Dieken’s topic will be “Make Things Happen — How to Make Your Best Case and Build Buy-In.” The cost is $50 per person for the entire day, including a continental breakfast, refreshment breaks, session materials and the luncheon with Dieken. Members of the Medina Area Chamber or Medina Women in Business qualify for a $10 discount. For registration information or to receive a brochure, call (330) 723-8773 or email info@med inaohchamber.com. WEST AKRON — Edward Jones will present a Fall Fashion and Finance Luncheon Oct. 18 from noon to 2 p.m. at Fairlawn Country Club, 200 N. Wheaton Road. A guest speaker will discuss basic financial issues that women face, and Talbot’s will present a fashion show during lunch. Tables of eight are available, but registration is required for this free event. For more information and to make a reservation, call Shannon at (330) 666-2333.