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Smart Talk: USA Memory Championship; PA Small Business Week

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | May 6, 2016 9:48 AM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Friday, May 6, 2016:

Friday's Smart Talk will be a different kind of show highlighted by memory and donuts.

The USA Memory Championship will be held at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey Saturday.  It's the first time the event has been staged outside New York City.  The location is fitting too because Hershey High school has dominated on a national level.

The USA Memory Championship is described as an event for mental athletes that consists of memory challenging tournament-style contests including memorization of more than 100 names and faces, a shuffled deck of cards, an unpublished poem and speed numbers.

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Collette Silvestri, the teacher who leads Hershey's record-breaking memory team.

Appearing on Friday's Smart Talk are the founder of the Memory Championship Tony Dottino, and Collette Silvestri, the teacher who leads Hershey's record-breaking team.

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Founder of the U.S. Memory Championship, Tony Dottino.

Also, Pennsylvania is home to one million small businesses that employ 2.4 million people.  It is Pennsylvania Small Business Week -- a time to recognize the contributions small business make to the state.

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Sheri Collins, Pennsylvania's Deputy Secretary of Technology and Innovation at the Department of Community and Economic Development.

Joining us on Friday's program is Sheri Collins, Pennsylvania's Deputy Secretary of Technology and Innovation at the Department of Community and Economic Development.

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Russ DiGilio, the founder and owner of Duck Donuts Franchising Company in Mechanicsburg.

We'll also hear from Russ DiGilio, the founder and owner of Duck Donuts Franchising Company in Mechanicsburg.  He started Duck Donuts in Duck, North Carolina in 2006 and will open Duck Donuts' headquarters and training center in Mechanicsburg next month, along with a new franchise in Lancaster next weekend.

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