MCC Daily Tribune

Save the Date Friday, November 2: MCC Celebrates Local Entrepreneurs, Launch Your Business! Finalists

To inspire local entrepreneurs and connect them with available resources to start or grow a business in the Rochester and Finger Lakes region, MCC and the MCC Foundation have partnered with the Everyday Entrepreneur Venture Fund to host Entrepreneurship Day, 7:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, November 2 at MCC's Downtown Campus (High Falls A & B). The event is free, open to the public and includes lunch. Registration is required and available online at

Entrepreneurship Day offers a community resource expo, networking opportunities, sessions on ways to turn ideas into businesses, resource and funding panel sessions, and presentations from successful entrepreneurs. Dixon Schwabl Chief Executive Officer Lauren Dixon and Sonya Allen of Sonya Allen Interiors are featured keynote presenters.

Attendees will also hear from MCC alumni and students who successfully pitched new businesses at Scholars' Day in April and are participating in the college's first-ever Launch Your Business! Challenge. After taking the MCC Corporate College Launch Your Business! Certificate Series over the summer and working with mentors from the local business community, five aspiring entrepreneurs are now vying for up to $50,000 in venture funding made possible by the Everyday Entrepreneur Venture Fund. Finalists include Francine Burks, Oushawndra Chavers, Patricia Drumright, Wayne Howard and Mary McCormack.

Private philanthropy via the MCC Foundation and support from the local business community have helped make Entrepreneurship Day possible. MCC is one of four U.S. community colleges to receive funding from the Everyday Entrepreneurs Venture Fund to help students launch community-based businesses.

Please join us on November 2 at the Downtown Campus to celebrate the success of our students and encourage entrepreneurship in our community.

Questions? Contact us at

Kathleen Borbee, Business Administration & Economics and Marj Crum, VaPA
Co-chairs, Launch Your Business!

Borbee, Kathleen
Business Administration & Economics