Coatesville’s First Outdoor Pop Up & Shop Market on Saturday, September 12 Marks Culmination of Coatesville Business Start-up & Entrepreneur Program
Nine-week Virtual Program Supports New Generation of Business Leaders
Coatesville, PA – September 2, 2020 – Approximately 20 graduates of Coatesville’s Business Skills for Success for the Entrepreneur webinar program will showcase their emerging businesses in an open-air, pop-up market at Third Avenue and Lincoln Highway (near the Rite Aid) on Saturday, September 12 from Noon to 6 p.m.
The first of its kind in the City of Coatesville, the outdoor market is the culmination of a nine-week virtual educational series launched in June by the City of Coatesville in partnership with the Kutztown University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and leading local business experts. Entrepreneurs of any age were invited to participate to gain the skills and access resources to take their emerging or existing small business to the next level.
“Coatesville’s Pop Up & Shop” is free and open to the public and will feature custom clothing and jewelry, handmade gifts, delicious cuisine, haircare, organic beauty products and more. Social distancing will be observed, and all attendees are required to wear masks inside the tent area.
Twelve-year-old Reece Turner, President and CEO of Reecies Soaps, will be among those showcasing her products. Turner was the winner of a Shark Tank-like competition during the Business Skills for Success for the Entrepreneur program where she pitched her product virtually to a panel of judges and won $250. Turner originally came up with the idea to create her all-natural skin care products after suffering from eczema and seeking soothing relief.
“I really enjoyed participating in the nine-week seminar,” says Turner. “One thing I learned was about the value of color in my packaging of products. I’m also honored to have received 1st place in the competition. I learned so much and am grateful for the entire experience.”
Among the topics covered during Coatesville’s Business Skills for Success for the Entrepreneur program were business planning, marketing and sales, zoning codes and opportunity tax zones, social media, web analytics and bookkeeping.
“We congratulate the participants for their hard work and steadfastness as the program moved to a virtual setting this year,” says James Logan, City Manager of the City of Coatesville. “Coatesville has many local entrepreneurs and small businesses that just need support to get them to the next level, and we are happy to be involved with the Kutztown University Small Business Development Center on this program.”
About Kutztown Small Business Development Center: The mission of the Kutztown Small Business Development Center is to provide entrepreneurs and small business owners with the knowledge needed to make smart decisions and prosper. The Center employs a full-time staff of professionals. Its business consultants have impressive credentials and practical experience with every stage of business from start-ups to thriving, established businesses. The Center brings together a wealth of diverse knowledge
to deliver a complete Business Assistance Program in whatever the target industry may be. www.kutztownsbdc.org
About the City of Coatesville: The first and only city in Chester County, Coatesville is home to 13,000 neighbors and is undergoing economic and cultural revitalization that integrates innovation, education, and smart economic development, fueled by four Opportunity Zone tracts and a lively entrepreneurial spirit grounded in its historic past. Founded in 1915, Coatesville’s Historic District features many resources listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The City is home to the nationally recognized Coatesville Invitational Vintage Grand Prix.
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PHOTO CAPTION: 12-year-old Reece Turner will be among the entrepreneurs showcasing their products at Coatesville’s first-ever outdoor Pop Up & Shop Market at Third Avenue and Lincoln Highway (near the Rite Aid) on Saturday, September 12 from Noon and 6 p.m. The outdoor market is the culmination of a nine-week virtual educational series where entrepreneurs of any age were invited to take their small businesses to the next level.