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Special to Franklin County Free Press

MONT ALTO ― The Mont Alto LaunchBox will offer a free workshop for aspiring entrepreneurs on April 25 from 6 to 7 p.m. at 40 North Second Street in Chambersburg.

“So, you have an idea for a business. Now what?” will be presented by SCORE Four State Chapter Chair and Certified Small Business Mentor Kathyrn Gratton.

The workshop is open to the public and free of charge. Participants are encouraged to register at Mont Alto Penn State Lunchbox Workshops.

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“Stepping out as your own boss can be overwhelming,” said Gratton. “There are lots of resources available to help create a business but what isn’t often provided is how to prepare oneself.”

How to succeed as an entrepreneur

The workshop will help individuals understand what it means to become an entrepreneur and how to get set up for success.

It will also address the importance of building a support system and preparing friends and family on how they can be involved, according to Gratton.

For SCORE, Gratton mentors business owners locally and nationally and teaches marketing courses.

In addition, she consults through her online moniker “Red Lips Mentor” on Instagram

“Through my red lips mentor brand, I’ve worked with dozens of entrepreneurs to help them build a stronger marketing and social media presence,” she said.

Gratton holds her associate and bachelor’s degrees in business administration from Kaplan University.

The Mont Alto LaunchBox is one of 21 innovation hubs across the Commonwealth offering free services to entrepreneurs.

More information or to register for LaunchBox workshops and services go to Mont Alto Penn State Lunchbox Workshops.

Questions can be directed to Debra Collins, director of public relations and marketing, at dlc43@psu.edu  or 717-749-6112.

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