May programming planned at The Corner entrepreneurial center in New Kensington

Events are free and open to the public
Social space at The Corner entrepreneurial center

A social space at Penn State New Kensington's entrepreneurial center, The Corner, in New Kensington, Pennsylvania.

Credit: Savannah Butler

NEW KENSINGTON, Pa. — Members of the campus and community are invited to attend upcoming programming planned at Penn State New Kensington’s entrepreneurial center, The Corner.

The events are free and open to the public, but reservations are recommended. Programs are held at The Corner located, at 701 Fifth Avenue in downtown New Kensington.

Software Tools for Startups

Tuesday, May 8, 5-6 p.m.

Launching a small business can be costly, but there are lots of free or inexpensive digital tools to help small businesses. This workshop will share insights on some of the best low or no-cost business software options.

To register, email [email protected].

Understanding Financial Statements

Wednesday, May 9, 6-7:30 p.m

This workshop will teach attendees the basics of financial statements; how to read and analyze them; and the importance of understanding capital and cash flow. Thomas A. Marx, workshop presenter through Westmoreland SCORE, spent 45 years in the banking industry in Seattle, Washington. Bank of America purchased a bank, where Marx spent more than 30 years, in 1983. After 15 years of commercial lending to companies of all sizes, he was elected as executive vice president and given the task of building a private bank in the state of Washington. He grew that operation from a division of 75 people with $100 million in loans in 1986 to more than a billion-dollar portfolio in 1998 with 45 people. Following retirement from Bank of America, he was part of a group that started a community bank in Seattle primarily focused on SBA loans. Marx retired in 2014 and moved to the Pittsburgh area.

SCORE is a nonprofit association that provides assistance to existing and start-up businesses through free, confidential counseling and mentoring as well as free workshops. 

Register online

Understanding Your Ideal Customer

Wednesday, May 16, 3-4:30 p.m.

By understanding who your customers are and what they think, feel and do, businesses can better figure out how to create value for and communicate with them. Good communication is important in every industry, and this free workshop presented by the Mansmann Foundation will help participants understand their product or service to increase results.

Register online

Idea Generation

Monday, May 21, 5-6 p.m.

This free workshop will teach participants how to generate ideas to help or grow their current business or start one.

To register, email [email protected].

A full listing of upcoming events at The Corner can be found at

The Corner entrepreneurial center melds entrepreneurship, co-working space and community-driven economic development to revitalize New Kensington. The Corner Launchbox program and co-working space concepts were made possible in part by a seed grant of $150,000 from Invent Penn State, a Commonwealth-wide initiative to spur economic development, job creation and student career success.

For more information about The Corner, visit and