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Using grant funds, MCC has established the Student
Venture Fund, which provides applicants up to a $50 loan to
cover start-up costs. "A lot of businesses don't need much
to get started," said Hargis. "This is a great way to get your
costs covered and make progress."
In addition to providing guidance and funding for
entrepreneurs, the IDEA Center sponsors major events on
campus each semester that are open to the public. Events
include participating in Global Entrepreneurship Week,
panel discussions featuring local and student entrepreneurs,
and participating in the DECA Idea Challenge a fast-
paced, global competition that challenges student teams
to find an innovative new use for a commonplace item in
eight days.
"We want the IDEA Center to be a place where everyone
can come together across disciplines to network, share their
experiences, and make progress," said Hargis.
Tura Linderholm
November 14-20
Business Plan Workshop
2 to 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 15
Bedford Campus (AR 108)
Learn why having a business plan is
important, how to create one and actually
get started in this workshop.
MCC Pop-Up Shop
11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 15
The COOL Store
122 Merrimack St., Lowell
Get a jump on your holiday shopping and
support fellow students by visiting the
MCC Pop-Up Shop!
IDEA Panel
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 17
Lowell Federal Building Assembly Room
Meet successful local entrepreneurs
to ask questions and get advice about
starting your own venture.
12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 17
Lowell Federal Building Assembly Room
Check out this runway show hosted by
members of the MCC Fashion Club.
IDEA Pitch Contest
1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 17
Lowell Federal Building Assembly Room
Pitch your business idea to a panel of
judges for a chance to win a cash prize.
As part of Global Entrepreneurship Week,
MCC's IDEA Center will be hosting a number
of activities designed to help members of the
college community explore their potential as
self-starters and innovators.
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