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E-commerce in 2018 and Beyond

March 7, 2018 | Dave Gardner | Northeast Pennsylvania Business Journal

"Rodney Ridley, Ph.D., director of the Allan P. Kirby Center for Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship at Wilkes University, explained that the top tier of e-commerce merchants within NEPA is impressive."

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Wilkes Colonel Michelle Rae Lehman Builds Business of Her Own

February 13, 2018 | Amanda Bialek | The Beacon

"The supportive staff at the Allan P. Kirby Center along with the experiential learning opportunities I was given as an undergraduate and Kirby Scholar has provided me with the skills and confidence to launch my business," ~ Michelle Rae Lehman

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Give the Gift of Warm Socks This Season to Those in Need

February 5, 2018 | Amanda Bialek | The Beacon

"In this season of chilly weather, students can warm the hearts and feet of those in need by donating socks to the Kirby Cares campaign. Socks are one of the most needed items at homeless shelters, but often are the least donated, according to Points of Light.The Kirby Cares campaign, initiated by the Allan P. Kirby Center for Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, will run through Feb. 14. New socks can be dropped off inside the Allan P. Kirby Center for Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship at 65 W. South St."

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Prof. Awarded 'PA Acceleration Educator of the Year'

February 1, 2018 | Cabrini Rudnicki | The Beacon

"A faculty member was recently given a prestigious award. Dr. Rodney Ridley was named a Pennsylvania Acceleration Educator of the Year by the Pennsylvania Acceleration Project."

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Rosenthal Herbarium Internationally Recognized, Added to Registry

February 1, 2018 | Megan Stanley | The Beacon

"Laura Solomon, a senior biology major and Kirby Scholar, has been working with Klemow in the Herbarium for nearly three years, and is currently conducting a project that involves DNA barcoding of certain species."

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Rodney Ridley of Wilkes University's Allan P. Kirby Center for Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Honored as Educator of the Year

January 19, 2018 | Gabrielle D'Amico | Wilkes University

"Ridley was honored for advancing technology, technology-infrastructure and workforce training across Pennsylvania. The award was presented at the first-ever Pennsylvania Accelerator Awards, held Jan. 18 at East Stroudsburg University."

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Colleges and Research

December 6, 2017 | Phil Yacuboski | Biz 570

"If downtown Wilkes-Barre doesn't look good, we don't look good and it's in our best interest to help the business community around us." ~ Dr. Rodney Ridley

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Allan P. Kirby Center Spotlight: APKEC

November 14, 2017 | Amanda Bialek and Courtney McMonagle | The Beacon

"The center is a reflection of Wilkes University's commitment to support the community by attracting new businesses to the downtown area and retaining individuals to work locally. The Allan P. Kirby Enterprise Center will continue to provide many opportunities for Wilkes students, faculty and staff to create new businesses, work with the center to operational assistance and develop a strategy for commercializing their ideas to establish independent businesses."

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 Student Spotlight: Courtney McMonagle

2017 | Wilkes University

"McMonagle also served as a Kirby Junior Scholar in the 2016-17 academic year which created a networking opportunity for future employment."

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Wilkes Goes International With Kirby Scholar Michelle Lehman

June 29, 2017 | Emily Sutton | Wilkes University Admissions Blog


"Dr. Ridley presented the opportunity to Taylor Baker and I to travel abroad and we were so excited to present on a topic that was so important to us as business students with an interest in entrepreneurship. As an undergraduate student, it is an experience that I will never forget."~Michelle Lehman, Kirby Business Scholar

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Wilkes University's Rodney Ridley named Innovator of the Year

June 22, 2017 | Wilkes U Video

"Rodney Ridley, executive director and distinguished professor at the Allan P. Kirby Center for Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship at Wilkes University, received the 2017 Innovator of the Year Award from the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce."

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Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce's EPIC Celebration on June 13, 2017

April 26, 2017 | Denise Allabaugh | The Citizens Voice

"Dr. Rodney Ridley, executive director of the Allan P. Kirby Center for Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship at Wilkes University, will receive the Innovator of the Year Award."

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Wilkes University President Patrick Leahy Ed. D. on TecBridge Radio

Jan. 14, 2017 | Host: Marty Wolff | TecBridge Radio

"We needed a director (for the Allan P. Kirby Center for Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship) who was him or herself entrepreneurial. And we happened to have right on our campus Dr. Rodney Ridley; who is himself an engineer, but has been very entrepreneurial throughout his career." ~ Patrick F.Leahy, President

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Focus on Wilkes-Barre

Jan. 4 2017 | Dave Gardner | Northeast Pennsylvania Business Journal

"Some of the most interesting jobs that are being created downtown involve highly-specialized e-commerce communications to promote internet buying.These are specialized careers that create a nurturing environment for the tech-based entrepreneur and provide evidence that Wilkes-Barre is on its way to becoming a special city in Pennsylvania."
~ Dr. Ridley

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Wilkes-Barre shift toward a ‘college town’ fuels downtown comeback

Nov. 6, 2016 | Jennifer Learn-Andes | Times Leader

“'This is what we want to be — Wilkes-Barre, America’s newest college town — and I think it’s absolutely possible"
~ Patrick F. Leahy, President

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Kirby Scholar Program recognizes Wilkes “Best and Brightest”

Oct. 12, 2016 | Amanda Bialek and Michelle Lehman | The Beacon

“Students have the opportunity to work directly with clients and build business relationships while receiving valuable experience in their field of study. This is because of the Kirby Scholar Program.

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W-B area offers opportunities for those willing to network and explore

April 26, 2016 | James Jaskolka | The Beacon

“This area has more people than people realize… if you look hard enough, there’s a lot of different contacts…[Kraken] found so much good professional business help in this area, and it’s been instrumental to us.

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Wilkes University center for enterprise showcases successes 

April 14, 2016 |  Matt Mattei | Times Leader

"Allan P. Kirby Center looking to create entrepreneurial ecosystem."

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Justin Topa, a senior at Wilkes University, received the 2015 Lawrence G. Foster Award for Excellence in Public Relations

March 20, 2016 | Community | Times Leader

"Justin Topa, a senior communication studies student at Wilkes University, received the 2015 Lawrence G. Foster Award for Excellence in Public Relations at the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) national convention"

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Female business owners disagree with survey that calls Wilkes-Barre/Scranton/Hazleton one of worst metro areas for women-owned businesses

Feb. 23, 2016 | Eileen Godin | Times Leader

"The owner of Bee Hive Gift Shop worked with Wilkes University’s Small Business Development Center to start her business and encountered no issues due to her gender."

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