Katherine A. Cota-Uyar, program manager, John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, 319-273-7350
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- John Pappajohn Entrepreneurship Day, focusing on entrepreneurship and success, will take place on the University of Northern Iowa campus Thursday, Sept. 19.
UNIï¾ˆs John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC) and the College of Business Administration will host the event in Curris Business Building Room 109, the John Deere Auditorium, beginning at 9 a.m. A number of guest speakers and workshops for students, faculty and persons interested in entrepreneurship or small business will be offered. All guest speaker presentations are free and open to the public.
Farzad Moussavi, interim dean of the College of Business Administration, and Randy Pilkington, JPEC interim director, will present a 9 a.m. welcome. John Pappajohn, president of Equity Dynamics, a venture capital firm in Des Moines, will speak on 'What Makes a Person an Entrepreneur and Do You Have What It Takes?,' at 9:15 a.m.
At 10:15, 'The Truth About Money: Venture Capital and Doing a Deal,' will be presented by Matt Kinley, a 1990 accounting graduate who is senior vice president of Equity Dynamics, and Steve Dickinson, a 1976 political science graduate who is a partner in the Des Moines office of the Dorsey & Whitney law firm.
'ABF: One of America's Fastest Growing Companies with a UNI Connection,' will be presented at 11 a.m. by Dan Schmitt, president of Anthony, Allan and Quinn in St. Louis, and a 1989 UNI marketing graduate. His firm has started five companies in the last eight years, including ABF (Advanced Business Fulfillment).
Two small business workshops will be presented from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. They require advanced registration, as space is limited. Mike Hahn, program manager of the UNI Regional Business Center, will present 'How to Start a Small Business,' and Avriel Davis, program manager of the UNI Small Business Development Center, will present 'How to Write a Business Plan.' These workshops are being sponsored by the JPEC, and include a light lunch. Call (319) 273-7350, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for a workshop reservation, no later than Monday, Sept. 16.
A full schedule of activities and information on all presenters may be viewed at the JPECï¾ˆs Web site, www.jpec.org. A live Web cast of guest speaker presentations will be available on this page for individuals unable to attend, and videotapes of the three guest speaker presentations will be available from the JPEC for a nominal fee.
The JPEC was funded, in 1996, by a gift from Pappajohn and his wife, Mary.
Additional information on UNI's JPEC program is available by calling the center at (319) 273-7350 or visiting its Web site at www.jpec.org.