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Franklinton programs meant to boost financial skills

Residents of Franklinton along with the artists and entrepreneurs there can take advantage of two new programs meant to bolster their financial skills.

The Franklinton Urban Empowerment Lab is offering an eight-week course meant to help participants gain confidence in managing money and expenses, building credit and strengthening their resumes. The course is free and participants get a $252 stipend for completing the classes.

The classes start April 12 and meet every Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1003 West Town St.

The class is funded by a grant from the city of Columbus.

The SunDown Group, meanwhile, is offering an entrepreneurship certificate program to meant to help participants learn how to start and run a business.

The program costs $315 and will be taught on Tuesdays starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Idea Foundry, 421 West State St.

Those who are a part of a Franklinton member organization can apply for a grant from the lab to pay for the program.

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Mansfield Sundown Rundown alum wins $50K on Steve Harvey’s “Funderdome” | Business News | richlandsource.com

Brandyn Armstrong pitched his start-up company Studio Stick in Mansfield earlier this year. He pitched the idea again on episode 13 of Steve Harvey’s “FUNDERDOME,” which aired Sunday, Sept. 24

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Help Alegria Technolgies Build a Platform To Reduce Sexual Violence

Our 2017 nominee to the National InnovatHER Competition has started a crowdfunding campaign.  The company’s inaugural product is Keys to Coping – a campus sexual assault reporting tool.  The goal is to raise $20,000 that will be used for exhibiting at conferences, software hosting services and new reporting software capabilities. Cool prizes will be available for the first supporters who give.

The WHY! – Violence Against Women – One in 4 women are sexually assaulted in college. Less than 20% report to the police or seek medical attention. Keys to Coping™ is a secure web application that allows college students to report a sexual or physical assault from the privacy of their own device—or in cooperation with the appropriate staff—can complete an anatomical health report, a police report, request class schedule changes, and access online exercises to cope with the trauma.

More about the Founder/CEO – Dr. Penny R. Smith, Alegria founder and CEO, is a 17 year government and higher education administrator, professor and former board member of non-profit organizations that address violence against women. She is also a published author on the topic and date rape survivor. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine in the College of Medicine at NEOMED.

Crowdfunding website – https://ifundwomen.com/projects/alegria-technologies

Company website – www.alegriatek.com

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Port Columbus Terminal Restoration

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An entrepreneurial organization has returned as the lead suitor to restore the original 1929 Port Columbus Airport Terminal.

Source: Group raising $1.8M to turn original Columbus Airport terminal into museum, offices for transportation/logistics startups – Columbus – Columbus Business First

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Meeting and advising people every day who are trying to start businesses in Central Ohio, SunDown RunDown’s Paul Proffitt isn’t surprised at the latest Kauffman Foundation analysis indicating a drop in entrepreneurial activity.

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Startup Rekovo Lands Home-Health Agency as Customer – Columbus Business First

 

Ohio State University spinoff and SunDown Pitch Alum Rekovo LLC, which turns neurological rehabilitation into digital art, has won its biggest customer yet: Salo Inc., the largest franchisee for national home-health chain Interim HealthCare Inc.

Source: Startup Rekovo turning rehab into digital art lands huge home-health agency as customer – Columbus – Columbus Business First

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