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09 November 2007

Harley-Davidson Foundation grant helps support Entrepreneurial Institute’s expansion at the York Campus

American motorcycle giant’s Harley-Davidson Foundation has awarded a $156,700 grant to Central Pennsylvania’s Community College to help fund the expansion of the HACC Institute of Entrepreneurial Studies presence in York County where the Milwaukee-based corporation has a manufacturing plant.

“The HACC Institute of Entrepreneurial Studies is extremely grateful to the corporate office of Harley Davidson for the generous grant,” said Fran Verotsky, institute executive director, adding the funds will be used to house an office on the York Campus, 2010 Pennsylvania Ave.

Verotsky noted 41 of the institute’s 525 active clients are York area residents, who travel to the Penn Center on Wisconisco Street in Harrisburg. “The addition of an office on the York Campus will, without question, attract more York County participants.”

She continued, “We a great deal of enthusiasm and numerous plans for the future and are tremendously excited to have this opportunity.”

York County residents can take advantage of First Monday sessions, counseling sessions for start-up and existing entrepreneurs, workshops and seminars, and, eventually, credit classes leading to a diploma, certificate, or associate degree in Entrepreneur Leadership, Verotsky said.

Verotsky also announced HACC’s popular regional “Women on the Move: The Entrepreneurial Edge” conference will be held on the York Campus on Oct. 17, 2008. More than 85 women from central Pennsylvania participated in the 2007 conference held recently at the Lebanon Campus.

“We look forward to working and collaborating with other York business entities to assist the growth of entrepreneurship in York County,” Verotsky continued.

Since 1999, HACC’s Institute of Entrepreneurial Studies has helped central Pennsylvania residents in making their dreams of business ownership into a profitable reality by providing one-on-one counseling and educational programs to entrepreneurs from the idea stage through the first three years of business ownership. The institute’s emphasis on personal attention differentiates it from other economic development entities and makes it a unique environment to foster success.

Harley-Davidson Inc., the only major U.S.-based motorcycle manufacturer, operates a plant in Springettsbury Township in eastern York County. The foundation was established to support the communities in which the company has facilities with funding and employee volunteerism. The largest share of Harley-Davidson’s resources goes toward education, which the foundation calls “the entry ramp on the road to possibility.”

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