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UNI Student Business Incubator to be named in honor of R. J. McElroy

August 31, 2012
Contact: 

Katherine Cota-Uyar, associate director, UNI John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, 319-273-5732, katherine.cota@uni.edu

Rebecca Schultze, communications and public relations manager, UNI College of Business Administration, 319-273-3309, rebecca.schultze@uni.edu

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center will hold a dedication ceremony for the newly minted R. J. McElroy Student Business Incubator.

The ceremony will take place at 11 a.m., Sept. 13, at the Business and Community Services Building on the UNI campus.

Confirmed speakers include:

- Benjamin J. Allen, UNI president

- Randy Pilkington, executive director, UNI Business and Community Services

- Jim Waterbury, trustee for R. J. McElroy Trust
- Greg Jass and Therese Kuster, former Student Business Incubator tenants and co-owners of TargetClick Marketing Solutions, Powered by Mudd

UNI's R. J. McElroy Student Business Incubator (SBI), a program of the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, is a learning laboratory designed to inspire and educate students interested in entrepreneurship. Located in UNI's Business and Community Services Building, the incubator offers one-on-one technical assistance, professional services and training, office space and standard equipment, and mentoring programs to UNI students who meet the SBI requirements. With its 10 fully occupied office suites and numerous programs and events throughout the year, the SBI has served hundreds of college entrepreneurs since it began in 2005.

A $300,000 grant from the R. J. McElroy Trust will allow JPEC staff to deliver specialized workshops and classes, one-on-one consulting and provide operational support to students in the incubator.

The UNI JPEC, a division of UNI‘s Business and Community Services, provides a range of innovative educational programs and support services for student entrepreneurs. The center provides expertise in all stages of business planning and development and serves as a vehicle to bring new products and technologies to market. For more information about JPEC at UNI, visit www.jpec.org, call 319-273-JPEC, or email jpec@uni.edu.