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Entrepreneurs learn how to turn their dreams into a reality

For Immediate Release: August 2

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Dr. Kelley Still
Executive Director, Edward Jones Center
Office: (417) 873-7458
E-mail: kstill@drury.edu

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., August 2, 2010 — The Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (EJC) at Drury University is offering an opportunity for entrepreneurs who want to learn how to turn a good idea into a successful start-up. Students that complete the four class sessions will earn a Certificate in Entrepreneurship from Drury's EJC.

Each of the three-hour class sessions covers a different topic: feasibility studies, business plans, lender and investor presentations and, finally, student presentations. By the end of the series, prospective entrepreneurs should be prepared to seek funding for their endeavors.

EJC's Executive in Residence Steve Nurnberg teaches all of the classes. Nurnberg owns and operates Bevinco of Southwest Missouri, which audits inventory and sales in bars and restaurants. Nurnberg also works with the Kingsley Group as a management consultant and business broker.

"I look forward to working with individuals looking to start their own ventures as well as owners of existing businesses hoping to grow, or secure additional funding for their companies," says Nurnberg.

Each class is limited to 5 students to allow for one-on-one attention for each student's proposal. The classes will be offered on the following dates:

Series 1-Wednesdays, 6-9 p.m.
Aug. 11, 18, 25 and Sept. 1

Series 2-Saturdays, 9 a.m.-noon
Oct. 30, Nov. 6, 13, 20

Series 3-Saturdays, 9 a.m.-noon
Jan. 29, Feb. 5, 12, 26

Series 4-Wednesdays, 6-9 p.m.
April 6, 13, 20, 27

The classes meet at the President's House at Drury University, which is located at the corner of Benton Ave. and Calhoun Street. The cost of each series is $300. To enroll, contact Tammy Rogers at (417) 873-6357 or by e-mail at tammy@drury.edu.

The Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation was founded in January 2007 through contributions from Drury Board of Trustees member John Beuerlein, his wife Crystal, and Edward Jones, a St. Louis-based financial services firm. The vision of the center is to arm entrepreneurs with the skills and knowledge necessary to create new, innovative ventures.

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