The University of Scranton Women’s Entrepreneurship Center will host “Coffee and Confidence,” a free information session for women interested in exploring the idea of starting their own businesses, on Wednesday, April 26, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on the fifth floor of Brennan Hall, 320 Madison Avenue, Scranton. Participants will meet with guest mentor Jessica Colvin, owner of Pure Suds Co. located in Clarks Summit, specializing in fine handmade body goods, bathing items and pure ingredients. Pure Suds Co. ingredients are hand-selected, using global Fair Trade organizations, which feature All Natural and Organic, sustainably grown and harvested, Non-GMO, SLS, paraben and phthalate free products. Jessica will focus on the handmade industry, while explaining the importance of balancing creative, business and entrepreneurial mind-sets. Colvin feels that understanding and learning to control these necessary mind-sets leads to a direction of positive growth, and ultimately, thriving in our individual industries.
Jess began making soap as a hobby, while gifting her goods to friends and family. Within the first year of dabbling, people she knew began placing orders and asking for custom holiday creations. This enabled her to explore new raw ingredients, while building a local clientele, learning to balance production, managing client communication and furthermore, distribution on a small scale.
The first platform storefront was opened in Clarks Summit, PA in June of 2015. This storefront features a “Raw Ingredient Room,” where there are over 300 raw cosmetic grade ingredients for sale to the like-minded crafter, artisan or culinary specialist. Colvin teaches workshops and host private parties in this room, for the public to become comfortable with creating on their own.
Designed for women with lower incomes, those in transition or those trying to make a better life for themselves and their families, the session will offer women support and guidance in determining if self-employment is an option for them. Admission is free and attendees. Reservations are requested, but not required.
For more information or to register, contact Francene Dudziec, special projects coordinator at the University’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC), at 570-941-4168, firstname.lastname@example.org or register online scrantonsbdc.com
About The University of Scranton Women’s Entrepreneurship Center The University of Scranton Women’s Entrepreneurship Center (WEC) is a partnership between the Small Business Development Center and the Kania School of Management. WEC student interns provide free and confidential consulting to women in need of knowledge, resources, and support to start their own businesses.