On April 23, 2016, the Downtown Opportunity Committee of Huntingdon Landmarks, Inc. will hold its Downtown Opportunity Showcase. It is free and open to the public. The day kicks off at the Huntingdon County Library with business start-up workshops. The schedule is as follows:
9:00 Huntingdon’s Business Climate and Market Research Data
10:00 Owning, Leasing, or Investing in Real Estate for your Business
11:00 Historical Preservation & the Tax Credit Application Process
1:00 The Entrepreneurial Equation
2:00 Retail Start-Up Strategies and Resources
3:00 Social Media for Small Business
There will also be an interactive display at the Library entitled “ReInvision Huntingdon” on which visitors can write their ideas for spaces in our community.
The capstone event, our business pitch competition, begins at 4:00 pm at the Clifton 5 Theater. It brings investors together with local entrepreneurs. In addition to cash prizes of $500, $250, and $100 for the top three participants, investors have the opportunity to partner with the entrepreneurs to grow their businesses.
There are 5 participants who will be pitching business ideas ranging from vacation rentals to liquid fertilizer production. The investor panel includes a bank executive, several entrepreneurs, and a former college president.
Sponsors for the day’s events include Clearfield Bank and Trust, The Daily News, Edward Jones, Huntingdon Board of Realtors, Huntingdon County Business and Industry, Huntingdon County Library, Gage Mansion Bed & Breakfast, Juniata College Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, Ryan Gibboney Design, Saint Francis University’s Small Business Development Center, Standing Stone Coffee Company, and Strickler’s.
Connect with downtown opportunities in Huntingdon through Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/DowntownHuntingdon.
Members of the Downtown Opportunity Committee are Eden Addis from Huntingdon County Business and Industry, Terry Anderson from Juniata College Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, Jackie Confer from Clearfield Bank & Trust, Ryan Gibboney from ReInvision Huntingdon, Tom Mincemoyer from Mincemoyer Rentals, Matt Price from the Huntingdon County Visitors Bureau, Julie Peoples from 4 and More Cultural District and the Huntingdon County Library, Tim Schrack from Huntingdon County Board of Realtors, and Chairperson Angie Thompson from Thompson’s Candle Co. and Gage Mansion Bed & Breakfast.