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Drake Celebrates Entrepreneurship Day Friday

October 16, 2006

CONTACT: Deb Bishop, 515-271-3818, deb.bishop@drake.edu;
Lisa Lacher, 515-271-3119, lisa.lacher@drake.edu


True to its purpose to create a culture that encourages innovation and provides the tools necessary to build Iowa’s business community, the Drake University John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center will host Entrepreneurship Day. The conference organized for students interested in entrepreneurship, leadership, management and general business will begin at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 20, in Olmsted Center, 29th Street and University Avenue.


Drake hopes to have 100 students in attendance including those from Grand View College, Drake University and area high schools. Participants will choose to attend two of four sessions where speakers will discuss and share information relevant to the entrepreneurial world.


Adam Steen, a growth capitalist with Transition Capital Management, will present “Financing Entrepreneurial Endeavors.” After graduating from Minnesota State University with a degree in marketing, Steen spent time in the Philadelphia Phillies minor league system as a pitcher. Later, he began coordinating small business networking groups in Minnesota and joined TCM in 2004.


Garth Adams, a Drake graduate, currently practices with Belin Law Firm in the areas of venture capital, mergers, acquisitions and general corporate law. He will speak on legal and ethical issues.


Jim Goodman, owner of Customer Ease and founder of the CEO Center in the East Village, will present, “Marketing Your Idea.” Goodman graduated from St. John’s University with a degree in biology leading two patents and later received his Master of Management in Marketing and Economics from Northwestern University.


Lindsey Stephens, also a Drake graduate, will address the growing interest in entrepreneurship in the field of pharmacy while sharing her experiences as a successful serial entrepreneur.


A luncheon with keynote speaker John Jackovin will follow the morning sessions. As director and co-founder of Ontuet, a data collection and management firm, Jackovin aids in strategic planning for his business. He is responsible for all of the company’s administrative functions and employee relationships management duties and oversees all internal departments.


For more information, visit http://www.pappajohn.drake.edu/, or call Deb Bishop, director of the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, at 515-271-3818.