Thirteen Women Complete StartUP Fall Program

    Thirteen women completed The University of Scranton Women’s Entrepreneurship Center (WEC) and Small Business Development Center (SBDC) StartUP fall program. From Left to right: Donna Simpson, consultant manager, SBDC; Katelyn McManamon, special projects coordinator, SBDC; Chloe Burns, WEC student intern; Hollyann Serp, WEC student intern; Peggy Doolittle, WEC administrative assistant; Emilee Barrett, WEC student intern, Jordyn Lieber, WEC student intern; Mollie Boyd, WEC student intern; Nicole Freeman, WEC student intern; Michele Havrilchak, WEC participant; Tanya Crawford, WEC participant; Lonni Schmeckenbecher, WEC participant; Jasmine Benvenutti, WEC participant; Lori DeVoe, WEC participant; Laura Gilbody, WEC participant; Abigail Guziewicz, WEC student intern; Nohemi Garcia Tafoya, WEC participant; Crystal Perez, WEC participant; Yajaira Suarez-Babcock, WEC participant; Evelyn Barra, WEC participant; and Jennifer Coleman, WEC participant.
    December 8, 2020

    Evelyn Barra, Kingston; Jasmine Benvenutti, Scranton; Jennifer Coleman, Carbondale; Tanya Crawford, Matamoras; Lori DeVoe, Hawley; Nohemi Garcia Tafoya, Scranton; Laura Gilbody, Clarks Summit; Michele Havrilchak, Olyphant; Allison Leonard, Montrose; April Owen, Tobyhanna; Crystal Perez, Old Forge; Lonni Schmeckenbecher, Tunkhannock; and Yajaira Suarez-Babcock, Hawley; completed The University of Scranton Women’s Entrepreneurship Center and Small Business Development Center (SBDC) StartUP fall program.

    Facilitated by experienced SBDC consultants, StartUP is a six-week certificate series designed for women in transition or those trying to make a better life for themselves and their families. The StartUP Program offers women education, support and guidance in determining if entrepreneurship is an option for them. Participants in this interactive program learn start-up basics, legal and insurance considerations, marketing and social media essentials, business plan development, accounting and budget skills, financing options and requirements, and goal setting. Local women business owners presented during the sessions to share their experiences. 

    The University of Scranton Women’s Entrepreneurship Center is a partnership between the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the University’s Kania School of Management (KSOM) that utilizes experienced SBDC consultants along with carefully selected KSOM student interns. The interns are highly skilled, and enhance the work done by consultants by assisting with training, conducting research, and completing projects.

    The University’s Women’s Entrepreneurship Center student interns participating were: Emilee Barrett, a senior marketing major from Clarks Summit; Mollie Boyd, a junior marketing major from Old Forge; Chloe Burns, a senior entrepreneurship major from Philadelphia; Nicole Freeman, a sophomore biology major from New Tripoli; Abigail Guziewicz, a senior psychology major from Peckville; Jordyn Lieber, a sophomore business administration major from Edison, New Jersey; and Hollyann Serp, a senior entrepreneurship major from Commack, New York.

    The Fall 2020 series was offered free of charge thanks to funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission.

    The free series will be held again in the Spring. Those interested in the spring session can register at under the education and training tab. For more details, contact Katelyn McManamon, SBDC Special Projects Coordinator, at 570-941-4168 or e-mail

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