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Cal U Entrepreneurs

Meet some of Cal U's Entrepreneurs...

Brandon Laschen, Laschen's Lawn Care  

Founded in February 2012 by Cal U Senior Brandon Laschen, Laschen’s Lawn Care provides lawn maintenance and landscaping services for corporate and private customers in Fayette, Greene, and Washington counties.  Upon completion of his first year of business, his company serviced more than 50 accounts and purchased over $10,000 of equipment.    

Gregg Johnson ('12) and Nate Folker ('12), Custom PCs for You (CPU)

 Founded during their senior year at Cal U, CPU was opened in April 2012 at 217 Wood Street, California.  CPU is  a reliable, intelligent computer company that sells unique custom-built computers, as well as upgrade and repair services.  From novice users, to gamers, to the tech savvy, CPU can build a computer to fit your exact needs.  

Chaz Sztroin ('12), Octane Mixed Martial Arts Training

Offers beginner to advanced classes in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Brazilian Jiu-jitsu (BJJ), KickBoxing, Muay-Thai, Wrestling, Women's Boot Camp and Yoga. Whether you are beginning your fitness journey, looking to learn new skills, or a training competitively, Octane MMA's training facility and staff are ready to meet your needs.  Octane MMA is conveniently located in Charleroi, PA and serves the surrounding Mon Valley Area.    

Special Recognition for Entrepreneurial Activities

2013 PASSHE Business Plan Competition Participants   

Bradley Ferland, Bradley Ferland Photography Brandon Laschen, Laschen's Proerty Management  
Brent Sampey & Charles Smith, B@#$%in' Burgers Catherine Lofink, The Aerobic Aquarium
Courtney Scalon, Color Me Courtney Dylan Winters, Daydream Skateboarding
Farath Raphael, CanILive Clothing Gary Eiter, Eiter Enterprise
James F. Connelly III, Entertainment Options James Palanza, NxtLvl Games
Ta’lor Pinkston, Ta’lor’s Tots and Adult Day Center Samuel Morris, Boots on Ground Fitness
Matthew Lacey & Dustin Graham, Complete Organic Farming  

2012 PASSHE Business Plan Competition

Second Place Winner

Chaz Sztroin, Championship Fighting Series     $5,000 in Start-up Funding


Michael Rhoads and Matthew Lacey, Keystone Agricultural Consultanting

2012 Pitch It Cal U Contest Winners:

1st Prize - James Palanza, Palanza Holdings     MacBook, Software Package, and Printer

2nd Prize - Nathan Smith, Vyla-Safe Self Protection     iPad, Accessory Package, and Printer

3rd Prize - Mark Biwojno, Campus Ice     iPad and Accessory Package