Entrepreneurs participate in Igniteís Ideas 2 Enterprise program led by Max Miller, June 23, 2021 on the campus of Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, Pa.

As a part of our toolkit of resources, IGNITE offers a variety of programming, including office hours with industry experts, an engaging speaker series, and Ideas 2 Enterprise (I2E), our signature program for business planning fundamentals.

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Ideas 2 Enterprise

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The I2E program is the core initiative to creating and sustaining IGNITE’s impact, fostering a culture of entrepreneurship with access to the essential resources for reshaping the identity of Washington County. The I2E program is unique in its offering. As a free program, it takes entrepreneurs through the steps of creating a business plan and at the end of the series, there is an opportunity for participating entrepreneurs to pitch their business to a panel of judges for a chance to win capital grant money for their business.

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Market Assessment and Research
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Marketing and Sales Strategy Development
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Financial Modeling
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Operations Planning

IGNITE Your Curiosity

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Know about events happening at IGNITE and locally in our area. Learn, grow and be supported in a community that values education for all ages!

August 28 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM


Intro to Google Drive will get you acquainted with the Google platform. This is an hour-long class that will provide an overview of the many features of Google, and we are happy to help you set up a Google account. This class is for Adults (18 years and older)

August 28 11:00 AM-12:00 PM

What About Steam Hosts INTRO TO CODING at IGNITE

Intro to Coding is for kids of all ages. This one hour class will get kids acquainted with block programming using Scratch. (Rising 3rd - 8th graders)

September 18 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Southwest PA STEM Fest

Come visit the Pavilion in Downtown Washington, PA and explore the advancements in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering , and Math) within our local businesses and schools in Southwestern PA. IGNITE will have a table with an activity for young budding entrepreneurs!

September 24 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

September 25 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM

5th Annual Washington Italian Festival

Visit the Community Pavilion in Downtown Washington and enjoy Italian food, music, beverages and activities the entire family will enjoy!

October 8 and 9

Homecoming at Washington and Jefferson College

Stay tuned for open house details to learn more about IGNITE while you’re in town visiting the campus and reminiscing about your favorite college days!

August 28 12:00 PM -1:00 PM



Back to School with Google is a refresher course for students as they prepare for the new school year. Classes are small so we can help with specific questions or concerns within the Google platform.

September 8 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Part-time Hiring Fair

The Center for Professional and Career Pathways at Washington and Jefferson College hosts a Part-time hiring fair open to local employers. Deadline to register is September 1st.

September 23 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Main Street Farmers Market

Did you know the Main Street Farmers Market takes place every Thursday, from May 20th through October 31st, 3:00 to 6:00 pm? Now you do! IGNITE will be at the Community today under the Pavilion. Stop by to say hello!

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October TBD

IGNITE Member Service Day

Giving back to our local community by utilizing the gifts and talents that exist right here in our own neighborhoods.

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November 27

Small Business Saturday at IGNITE

Stay tuned for more details on this event to support local businesses here in Washington County

IGNITE Insights Speaker Series

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These one-hour sessions at IGNITE will feature an industry expert sharing insights on a specific topic related to business; from social media strategies to strategic thinking techniques for startups and small businesses, there are topics to engage everyone. Bring your lunch with you or plan to grab a bite to eat Downtown afterwards!


Marketing and Sales Fundamentals

Presented by Jordon Rooney at IGNITE
September 28
 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Digital storytelling and brand development have entered a new era - whether driven from the pressures of a pandemic, changing laws and regulations (think: Name, Image, Licensing), and the ongoing shift to online engagement. Companies and organizations no longer have the luxury to avoid building a digital brand. They must. Learn from Jordon Rooney, Founder & CEO of Built Different Creative, on how to tell a unique story, connect with your audience, and stand out in a crowd.​ This session is perfect for all sectors.


Fundraising Essentials

Dan Law, Senior Director of Capital Development & Strategy at The Andy Warhol Museum
October 28 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

The Pittsburgh region is one of America's largest social enterprise and nonprofit epicenters. With leading foundations and thousands of organizations, Southwestern Pennsylvania is poised to be a national leader for others to follow in terms of public and nonprofit innovation and entrepreneurship. So, what's your big idea and how do you fund it? Learn from Dan Law, Senior Director of Capital Development & Strategy at The Andy Warhol Museum, on how engage with funders and donors and break fundraising records for game-changing ideas. This session is geared for non-profits and social enterprises but all are welcome to attend!

Social Media - Speaker Series

Social Media Strategies

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Just in time for the holiday shopping season, dive into strategies to supercharge your social media presence.

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Leadership and Culture Panel Featuring Local Women Entrepreneurs

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Pathways to Success

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Strategic Thinking for Start-Ups and Small Businesses

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Exploration of Website Marketing

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