MEDIA CONTACT: GEORGE MCCRORY
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Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0012; fax (319) 384-0024
PROGRAM CONTACT: CAROLYN NORTON
John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center
Release: Dec. 3, 2002
(Photo: left, Spitzer; right, Hensley)
Entrepreneurship in Iowa to be discussed at Hughes Lecture Dec. 10
in Iowa will be the focus of the John R. Hughes Lecture Series in Entrepreneurship
Dec. 10 at the Pappajohn Business Building.
The University of Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC) and Hills
Bank and Trust Company are sponsoring the program, which begins at 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 10 in the Tippie Auditorium, Room W151 in the Pappajohn Business Building.
A networking reception precedes the program at 6 p.m. in the Andersen Galleria
The lecture features speakers Joe Crookham, president and principal owner
of Musco Sports Lighting; John Spitzer, treasurer of Eastern Iowa Angel Investors,
LLC and clinical professor of finance at the UI; and David Hensley, director
of the UI JPEC.
Crookham will speak about the critical issues encountered in building Musco
Sports Lighting into a successful international business. His presentation,
"Building a Business from the Ground Up: the Team is the Core" will
provide important insight for leading an entrepreneurial company. Crookham
will also highlight some of the major events Musco has been involved in, including
their work at the World Trade Center/Ground Zero in New York City and the
Entrepreneurs will also hear about two new funding opportunities available
in eastern Iowa. Spitzer will discuss angel financing available through the
recently formed Eastern Iowa Angel Investors (EIAI) group. EIAI is a group
of more than 20 individual investors who have pooled their funds for business
investment. Hensley will give an overview of the recently created Wellmark
Community Ventures Fund. Through this program, Iowa companies may seek funding
to launch and grow their ventures. Application materials will also be available.
The lecture is free and open to the public, but registration is requested
by Dec. 6. To register or for more information, contact the John Pappajohn
Entrepreneurial Center at (319) 335-1022 or email firstname.lastname@example.org