Entrepreneur training session offered

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LEWISTON — Silicon Valley business startup guru Steve Blank will be presenting a live video talk for Maine entrepreneurs on Feb. 15 at 6 p.m.

Lewiston Public Library will host the program locally via its new Cisco video conferencing unit. LPL is one of 11 library and university sites in Maine that are partnering with Top Gun Maine and the Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development to offer the presentation.

Blank is a retired serial entrepreneur and an author and educator who currently teaches at Stanford University, University of California Berkeley and Columbia University. He is the developer of the Lean LaunchPad, a hands-on class that uses his customer development process to get students out of the building and talking to customers as they build and refine their products.

The LPL program will take place in the library’s first-floor Couture Room and will make use of the library’s video conferencing unit that was received late last year as part of the Maine State Library’s Broadband Technology Opportunities Program grant.

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The program is free and no registration is required. Participants will be able to view the presentation and participate in the question and answer session following the talk.

The library’s video conferencing equipment allows for two-way or multi-way communication with other remote sites through one of three different software options — Tandberg, Polycom or Movi. Libraries, colleges, and organizations across the country offer similar access points, making for an excellent way to execute face-to-face meetings with distant colleagues, clients or business partners. The video unit is available for use by organizations in the Couture conference room. Use of the room and the video equipment is free for local nonprofits and is available to businesses for a $50 fee.

For more information on the Feb. 15 program or the video conference unit features, contact the LPL Adult Services Desk at 513-3135 or LPLReference@LewistonMaine.gov.

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