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Upcoming Event: Entrepreneurship Panel Discussion on “Side Hustles”

Ancell School of Business will host “The Entrepreneurial Arc: Side Hustles” 

When: March 2, 2020 from 6:30 am to 8:30 pm
Where: Room 218 of the Classroom Building on the WCSU Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury.

Admission will be free and the public is invited to attend.


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Come hear what they have to say about their “regular” jobs and how they also juggle a commitment to their “side” passions.

Two local entrepreneurs and a research specialist who have stepped beyond their primary careers to pursue side ventures will discuss their journeys to explore their personal interests and passions at an Entrepreneurial Arc panel discussion on Monday, March 2, at Western Connecticut State University.

The forum will be at 6:30 p.m. in Room 218 of the Classroom Building on the university’s Westside campus. Co-sponsors for the event include the Center for Entrepreneurship, Research, Innovation and Creativity (E.R.I.C.@THEGARAGE), the Ancell School of Business and the Macricostas Entrepreneurial Endowment, all at WCSU; the Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce; and the Danbury Hackerspace.

Participants in the Entrepreneurial Arc panel, presented as part of the WCSU series of programs showcasing local entrepreneurs. The panel will include Alicia Ghio, co-owner, writer and production operations wrangler for Danbury-based RmediaA, who has a side gig as publisher of the food blog Local Food RocksVickie Foy, clinical researcher at Unilever in Trumbull, who also teaches pottery at Village Center for the Arts in New Milford; and Kevin Danenberg, founder, president and solutions architect of Newtown-based Axesmith Data Solutions, who also is founder of the musical accessory manufacturer Area Flat Five.

Dr. Pauline Assenza, professor of Management and coordinator of the Entrepreneurial Arc program, observed that a recent survey by The Hartford found that nearly half of all workers in the United States take on work in addition to their primary job, while another study by Bankrate.com indicated that more than a quarter of those surveyed were more passionate about their “side hustle.”

Assenza, who directs the entrepreneurship and small business option in the Management Department, said she counsels students that they may test the waters for a possible new career without placing their financial security at risk by taking a full-time job while trying out a new venture on the side. She emphasized that persistence, passion and commitment to put in the time and energy needed to succeed in the side business are crucial to its success.

“Students also sometimes worry that their declared major might not produce a lucrative career, but it helps to realize that anything you learn can be applied in other ways,” Assenza said. “It just may take more investigation and willingness to try things out.”

For more information, visit www.wcsu.edu/news/2020/02/26/wcsu-forum-to-feature-three-local-practitioners-of-the-side-hustle-2/.