NIACC/John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center Hosts the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Iowa Conference
Monday, February 1, 2010
Posted by: Matthew Montoya
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January 29, 2010
The NIACC John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC) will host the
statewide Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Iowa Conference (CEIC) on the NIACC campus
on February 26, from 9:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The CEIC conference will bring together young entrepreneurs that have
made a significant impact on Iowa, the United States
and even the world. Event speakers will
inspire and allow students to dream the impossible. They will encourage participants to reach for
the stars. This event will challenge students
to dream and to dream big! Over 350 college and high school students from
across the state are expected to attend the free conference at NIACC in Mason City.
"This is really an historic event at NIACC. We have challenged ourselves and the local NIACC
Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization to think outside the box to deliver the
message about entrepreneurship as a tool for people with a passion to realize
their dreams,” Jamie T. Zanios, vice president of the NIACC John Pappajohn
Entrepreneurial Center, said. "We expect
this conference to help demonstrate the opportunities as well as provide ideas
on how to accomplish those dreams.”
Keynote speaker Joe Keeley is the winner of the 2003 Global Student
Entrepreneur Award. Keeley is the president & CEO of College Nannies &
Tutors, the franchisor of the nation’s largest nanny and tutor company. An
Entrepreneur Magazine Franchise 500 Company, College Nannies & Tutors was
founded by Keeley in 2001 while he was earning a degree in entrepreneurship
from the University of St. Thomas in St.Paul, Minn. and being a nanny ("manny”)
himself for two boys during school. While he was a student, Keeley and College
Nannies & Tutors earned such accolades as the Minnesota Collegiate
Entrepreneur Award, Great Lakes Collegiate Entrepreneur of the Year as well as
the Global Student Entrepreneur Award. At the CEIC, he will discuss tools that
students can use to focus their thoughts and grow their business.
Keynote speaker Jerome Love’s book:
Get Up, Get Out, & Get Something chronicles his unique journey and
teaches readers how to create a "can’t fail” plan and how to take action toward
targeted goals. Love will transparently
share how he turned his repeated struggles into incredible success proves how
anyone can dig deep within and to discover the motive that fuels their motivation.
topics that students should hear:Creating
and developing successful business plans; Powerful ideas that lead to bright
futures; create a Bioscience business using the sun's energy; E-Commerce,
Anyone can do it; Real tools to help focus your thoughts to start or grow your
business; Get Up, Get Out, and Start Something; The 7 Biggest Things to Avoid
When starting your business. The CEIC conference is free and students
can register by calling 641-422-4111 or register online at
sponsors include the Jacobson Institute for Entrepreneurship, Iowa Department
of Economic Development, Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization! (CEO!), Iowa
Workforce Development Tech Prep Grant & Career Link, as well as the JPEC’s
at NIACC, Iowa State University, the University of Iowa, the University of
Northern Iowa and Drake University.
The national NACCE Innovation
Award winning NIACC JPEC provides college level courses and degree programs in
entrepreneurship, as well as comprehensive consulting services for business
start-ups, existing industries and owner transitions in the North
Iowa region. Space is available for start-up
businesses in the North Iowa Business Incubator. For more information, contact
the NIACC JPEC at 641-422-4111.