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Event offers help for entrepreneurs

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Some of the region’s top business motivators have been named as coaches for aspiring entrepreneurs at the upcoming StartUp Weekend, a three-day event for boosting beginning businesses.

The coaches will focus on leadership, technology, marketing, real estate, government, patents, technology, social media, e-commerce and more, according to Jennifer Korfiatis, spokeswoman for the North Central Washington Economic Development District.

The NCWEDD, the Greater Wenatchee Area Technology Alliance and the Center for Entrepreneurship at Wenatchee Valley College are co-hosting the StartUp Weekend, which runs Oct. 5-7 on the WVC campus.

To learn more about the weekend and register, visit

Coaches will include:

Amy Lewis, former program manager for the Greater Wenatchee Area Technology Alliance and owner of AML Consulting, on technology, e-commerce and web development.

Kim Anderson, achievement coach and conference speaker with, on leadership development.

Jenny Rickel of FTI Consulting, on product development and sales strategies.

Sasha Kill, owner of Outlaw Creative, on graphic design, website development and Internet marketing.

Jennifer Haffey, president of Star Commercial Real Estate Consulting, on site selection, lease negotiation, permitting and construction.

Dominick Bonny, owner of Strategically Social, on social media.

Steve King, engineeer for the city of Wenatchee, on government requirements and financial analysis.

Nancy Tedeschi, developer of the SnapIt Eyeglass Repair Kit, on innovation, patent application and business development.

Coaches at the StartUp Weekend will guide attendees through the business development process in an effort to produce businesses ready to launch in NCW. Top business ideas are used in creating a business model, designing a product and marketing that product.

StartUp Weekend is a Seattle-based nonprofit with organizers in 200 cities around the world.

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