Alleghenies Leisure Business Seminar, Entrepreneur Summit Planned

A new small business seminar aims to give outdoor recreation entrepreneurs ideas and advice for success in the Somerset County region.

Startup Alleghenies is set to host “Explore! Entrepreneurship Summit: Growing a Business in the Alleghenies” May 15-16 at River Mountain in Everett. The deadline to register is Wednesday.

Debbi Prosser, director of business development at the Southern Alleghenies Planning and Development Commission, said the event is geared towards locals who own or want to start small outdoor recreation businesses.

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“We have done extensive research with experts in the region who know where the business gaps and opportunities lie, as well as the potential impact these companies can have on job creation in the Alleghenies,” he said. she said in a press release.

Marilyn Kail, spokesperson for the summit, said the Alleghenies is a great place for leisure and tourism businesses, and the goal of the summit is to help entrepreneurs succeed.

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Veneto Collaboratory CEO Joe Veneto will introduce the two-day summit, explaining how to build an outdoor recreation business and create outdoor adventures.

“Since 1996, Joe has delivered cutting-edge presentations to hundreds of destination marketing organizations, hospitality companies, and travel organizations. His content-rich programs provide insight, as well as innovative ideas that make him one of the industry’s most sought-after experts on Tourism Product Development and Experiential Tourism,” the event’s website reads.

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“As the keynote speaker, Joe will bring the (event’s) theme to life by sharing his expertise in tourism development. He will focus on outdoor and recreation activities and how tourism is supported by the experiential entrepreneurship. On Monday, he will share the results of his work to analyze the region and identify business gaps. Joe will share the key business opportunities that await entrepreneurs in the Alleghenies.”

The cost is $20 per person for both days and includes all scheduled sessions, lunch and complimentary refreshments. Participation is limited to 100 participants.

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