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HCC partners with EARN to host entrepreneurial conference

Hagerstown Community College is partnering with the Entrepreneurial Alliance Resource Network (EARN) to host the “Entrepreneurial Pathways: Been There Done That” conference on Wed., Nov. 16, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the Career Programs Building on HCC’s main campus.

Developed jointly by HCC’s business incubator, HCC’s Continuing Education and Community Services Division, and EARN, the conference will feature local, regional, and national entrepreneurs who will share their real-life experiences and advice through panel discussions and breakout sessions. Discussion topics will include new and beginning businesses, existing and expanding enterprises, and business trends.

Check-in begins at 8 a.m. followed immediately by a continental breakfast. A series of discussions and workshops will follow. Keynote speaker will be John Herman, entrepreneur and author of The Innkeeper Tales and Hermanisms: Axioms for Business and Life, who will speak about overcoming failure in a tough economy.

Cost is $26 per person. Fee includes continental breakfast, lunch, and a copy of Herman’s book, Hermanisms: Axioms for Business and Life, for those attendees who are present for Herman’s keynote speech. Participants can register online at or via phone at 240-500-2236.

The conference, sponsored in part by PNC Bank, Antietam Cable, and Smith Elliott and Kearns & Company, LLC, is part of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), which will be held from Nov. 14 through Nov. 20, 2011. Launched in 2008, GEW now features more than 40,000 activities around the world specially geared towards start-up businesses. To learn more about GEW, go to