iPHET - Institute for Promotion of Health, Education & the arts and Technology
iPHET - Institute for Promotion of Health, Education & the arts and Technology

Program / Workshop

iPHET: Improving Women's Economic Conditions




Program overview and goals

In an effort to improve the economic conditions of young women in Ghana, West Africa, the Institute for Promoting Health, Education, and Technology (iPHET) in collaboration with Penn State Small Business Development Center (SBDS) and SCORE. The local association of Business Educators of central Pennsylvania planned a pilot program, which will include:

-       an intensive workshop on “Starting a Business and Building a Comprehensive Business.” Conducted by SBDC.


For 2015 inaugural program for improving women economic condition, a group of participants from Ghana, a West African country, Egypt, and State College PA. are selected to begin with the intensive workshop on July 7, followed by a day long personal enhancement session.


Workshop title

Starting a Business and Building a Comprehensive Business Plan



July 7,  2015 – @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon




Penn State Small Business Development Center (SBDS) 

200 Innovation Blvd, University Park, PA


Program Overview, Goals and Objectives Provided by SBDS

Have you always had a dream to start your own business but didn’t know where to start?  
This workshop will help aspiring entrepreneurs to begin the process of successful business ownership, 
including evaluating business ideas, developing a business plan, and exploring financing options.


 Learn from a business consultant about:

  • lifestyle requirements of business owners

  • how to assess the feasibility of your business idea

  • the legal and tax implications of owning a business

  • how to develop a business plan

  • how to compile a bank-ready financial package

  • how to market your product or service

  • the health and safety regulations that may apply to your business

  • why both a marketing and financial plan are needed

  • where to find other resources that may help you succeed


Personal skills workshop

  • improve the communication skills of the participants
  • acquire strategies for dealing with diverse cultures
  • learn how to dress for success and personal beauty tips.

These sessions will be conducted by selected Penn State Women faculty members and local businesswomen lead by Dr. Grace Hampton.



Main Goals

  • Participants will learn the basics of starting a business

  • Complete a comprehensive business plan


Program Requirements for Ghanaian Participants 

  • Participants must be passionate about being independent and ready to improving their economic condition

  • They must have interest in starting their own business in the future

  • Must be currently employed and/or must be enrolled in school

  • Should be ready to sponsor their trip or should have a sponsor with a supporting letter of sponsorship

  • Participants will be assigned a mentor; therefore, they should be prepared to stay in touch as their mentors will continue to guide them over the Internet 

  • Must be prepared to return to Ghana after the program


 Application Form must be completed and emailed to theiphet@gmail.com



Workshop Location at 200 Innovatioin Blvd - Penn State Innovation Park - University Park Pennsylvania
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