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Drury's Edward Jones Center expands its conference offerings

For Immediate Release: August 9

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Dr. Kelley Still
Executive Director, Edward Jones Center
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo., August 9, 2010 — The Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (EJC) at Drury University will offer four conferences in 2010-2011. Besides the highly successful Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium and the Self-Employment in the Arts conference, this year the EJC has two new offerings: a Minority Entrepreneurship Conference and an Ecopreneurship Conference.

“Many people believe that entrepreneurship is just about starting a business. In reality, it’s about innovation,” says Dr. Kelley Still, executive director of the EJC. “Besides business startups, entrepreneurial thinking can solve societal and environmental problems, and entrepreneurs can help established companies and organizations get better. These two new conferences will add to the healthy state of entrepreneurial thinking in the Ozarks.”

Minority Entrepreneurship Conference-Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010
This conference will provide minority entrepreneurs the opportunity to not only learn basic entrepreneurship skills, but they will also learn how to contract for work with government organizations at the local, state and federal levels. Attendees will also gain knowledge of tax breaks and how to seek specific funding opportunities.

Ecopreneurship Conference-Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010
This conference focuses on entrepreneurs interested in sustainable business. Besides basic entrepreneurship skills, the all-day session will include information on “green” opportunities, tax credits, rebates and economic stimulus initiatives.

Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium (WES)-Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011
Entering its third year, this gathering of female entrepreneurs allows women to learn about the various aspects of owning their own business and provides a rich, one-day networking opportunity.

Self-Employment in the Arts-OzArts (SEA)-Saturday, April 2, 2011
Entering its fourth year, the Self-Employment in the Arts conference provides aspiring artists an opportunity to learn from other successful self-employed artists. It will also provide educational resources to help these aspiring artists gain the entrepreneurial knowledge and skills needed to establish and maintain a career as an independent artist.

For more information, 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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