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Help for Entrepreneurs, Businesses on Tap at Event for Technology Commercialization

One-on-one business advice, workshops and keynote speakers to help entrepreneurs and businesses that are creating and commercializing new technologies in the region will be available at the second annual TCOMM Event of Duquesne University's Small Business Development Center (SBDC).

TCOMM will be held Thursday, Sept. 27, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Pittsburgh at University Center in Oakland.

New at this year's event is a luncheon that seats attendees with experts who can provide one-on-one business advice. Whether successful entrepreneurs, attorneys or investors, these experts will attempt to answer any questions from attendees.

Also during lunch, keynote speaker Carolyn Boser Newhouse, deputy secretary of innovation and investment, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, will present How to Tap Opportunities and Resources through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

With more than 20 years of private-sector business experience, Boser Newhouse has founded multiple companies, including SuperUser Technologies, an IT company that provides wired and wireless communications; Newhouse Family Limited Partnership, a partnership for commercial real estate; and Newhouse Enterprise LLC, an entity for retail business.

Throughout the day, breakout sessions will offer such workshops as:

  • Patent application and protection
  • Sales strategies for technology experts
  • Sources of capital for technology entrepreneurs, including online crowdfunding.

In addition, Tom Kubilius of Bright Innovation and Mark DeSantis of KWantera will discuss Visions Realized and share secrets to success during the event's opening session.

The event costs $25 for pre-registration and $50 at the door; walk-ins will be accommodated on a space availability basis. For additional information, visit the SBDC's website at www.duq.edu/sbdc or call 412.396.1633.

The TCOMM Event is presented by the SBDC in collaboration with the University's Center for Green Industries and Sustainable Business Growth, as well as Innovation Partnership and the Clean Technology Resource Center.

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