Penn State Berks LaunchBox Holds Veterans Entrepreneurship Committee


WYOMISSING, Pa. The Berks LaunchBox will be holding a webinar for the Veteran Entrepreneurship Resource Team from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, January 27. This event is free and open to the public but attendees must register in advance.

The webinar will feature two veterans whose organization provides resources and two veterans with recent startups. Speakers include:

  • Ken Venera of Warrior Rising will share how his organization creates opportunities for veterans who want to become entrepreneurs. Warrior Rising provides free guidance, training, and financial support to veterans looking to become their own boss, sustain their business, and sustain the employment of their veteran colleagues.
  • Shannon Diglio, a veteran business development officer and lender relations specialist for the US Small Business Administration (SBA), will share resources created specifically for veterans through the SBA. Diglio served in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard for nearly 20 years.
  • Kevin Clark, CEO of Take Charge, an app platform that is changing the way students plan and pursue their futures. Clark has successfully launched two startups since 2017, both linked to profitability. His experience includes seven years as a physician and medical officer in the US Army.
  • Daisha Smith is the founder of God’s Biggest Fan Apparel, a Christian based company. She worked in the US Army as a food inspector for four years.

Berks LaunchBox, located in Suite 105 of the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts in downtown Reading, is to support economic development and entrepreneurship. Berks LaunchBox connects local entrepreneurs with the support, resources, and facilities they need to build a sustainable and scalable business with a viable plan for growth. Services include assistance with prototyping, conducting market research, and networking with advisors. Berks LaunchBox offers entrepreneurship workshops, co-working space for startups, meetups focused on business development, a manufacturing space with 3D printers for prototyping, and special youth programs.

For more information, visit or contact Erica Kunkel, Berks LaunchBox interim manager, at or 610-396-6221.


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