Entrepreneurship Week program scheduled at Northwestern

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Entrepreneurship Week program scheduled at Northwestern

November 7, 2008

In celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week Nov. 17-21, Northwestern Oklahoma State University, as a partner in the Oklahoma Partners in Progress and member of the Northwest Oklahoma Alliance, will play host to Entrepreneurship Day “From Passions to Profits: Building Your Business” in the Student Center Ballroom on the Alva campus from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 20.

During this week, regional entrepreneurship events are taking place statewide to assist communities (the “we”) and entrepreneurs/small business owners (the “me”) in hearing from other entrepreneurs and communities about what it takes to start/operate a business in a community.

“This event fosters our university mission of ‘preparing its members for service as leaders and entrepreneurs,’” said Patti Wilber, associate dean for economic development.

“We are particularly interested in providing this opportunity to our students interested in entrepreneurship,” Wilber said.

Keynote speaker Clay Clark, president and founder of DJ Connection, Inc., in Tulsa, was named Oklahoma’s 2007 Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

Oklahoma communities noted for their entrepreneurial spirit will have representatives speaking about what they are doing in their areas.

Other speakers include Dr. Janet Cunningham, university president; Wilt Brown, Hobart city manager; Bill Baker, Sallisaw city manager; Maxine Thomason, Mangum mayor.

Business owner speakers Tommy Hudson, Rural Waste Solutions, LLC; Steve Weber, Cactus Canyon; Glenna Mae Hendricks, Small BIZ Survival; Con Pekrul, Plain View Winery; and Matthew Bixler, American Iron Sports, will speak during various points
of the day about marketing and managing, networking and other related topics.

While attending Northwestern, Bixler became involved with the Walch Center for Business Development and Career Services and was able to develop a business and marketing plan.

“He is a success story from Northwestern’s incubator and has a main office in Tonkawa,” Wilber said.

Bixler is the founder and manager of American Iron Sports and was the driving force for the invention of “The Natural.” “The Natural” not only catches pitches thrown by a hurler, it also indicates whether the pitch was a strike or a ball.

Resource providers will be on hand to answer questions at their booths.

Registration for the event closes Friday, Nov. 14. Contact Yolanda Creswell, assistant director of the Walch Center for Business Development/Career Services, at (580) 327-8438 or yfcreswell@nwosu.edu for registration information.