NIACC John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center Hosts Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Iowa Conference, 2/26
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
City, IA – Feb. 2, 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Breakout session 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
Conference 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.
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.