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Kent State sharing $3.2 million grant for entrepreneurship
Permanent offices for Blackstone LaunchPad business incubator
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Other businesses incubated at Blackstone include a ladies' motorcross clothier, a photo/video app maker, and a local world market
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Kent State University now has a permanent home for the Blackstone LaunchPad entrepreneurship center, part of a $3.2 million grant to four Northeast Ohio colleges.

The grand opening today of the new office in Kent’s student center allows aspiring entrepreneurs to develop their ideas and receive the tools they need to start a business. 

Melissa Scaglione says Kent’s Blackstone center help her launch a social networking company for dancers.
Kent State sharing $3.2 million grant for entrepreneurship

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"Without the entrepreneurship center, I don’t think the idea would have ever left the ground. They’ve helped me do everything from finalizing my idea and realizing what I really wanted to do, and making it a niche for me to actually getting this business of the ground and running it and having a different visitor coming every day to this site."

She also says the program’s counselors helped her think realistically about her business and pare down her original idea to make it feasible.

The Blackstone LaunchPad is open to all Kent State students, regardless of major. The other schools sharing in the grant are Baldwin Wallace, Lorain County Community College and Case Western Reserve University.
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