Northwestern to play host to entrepreneurship seminar

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Northwestern to play host to entrepreneurship seminar

February 3, 2011

Citizens of northwest Oklahoma will have an opportunity to participate in a two-day seminar titled, The Entrepreneurial Spirit . . . The Energy behind Enterprising Societies, on Feb. 17-18, at Northwestern Oklahoma State University-Enid. This seminar will focus on the importance of entrepreneurs in successful societies.

The program is free and open to the public. Advanced registration is requested.

The seminar will be held at Northwestern-Enid, 2929 E. Randolph, room 218, and sent to Alva, via Northwestern’s interactive television studio system to room IE 131, Woodward, room 145, and Ponca City, room B200-4. Sessions on Thursday, Feb. 17, will begin at 1:30 p.m., and on Friday, Feb. 18, at 8:30 a.m. The seminar will conclude Friday at 4 p.m.

Individuals who plan to attend the entire seminar and are willing to complete class work following the seminar, may earn three upper division general business credit hours from Northwestern. Participants must pay tuition and enroll in the course to receive college course credit.

By interacting with experts in the field, participants will gain an understanding of how prosperity and social well-being can be improved by learning about the role of entrepreneurship in a free society. Speaking at the sessions will be Dr. Tony Woodlief, vice-president for academic programs at the Market-Based Management Institute; and Larry Robertson, award winning author of the book, A Deliberate Pause: Entrepreneurship and its Moment in Human Progress.

Woodlief’s lectures will help attendees learn about the practice of Principled Entrepreneurship™ and the Market-Based Management™ philosophy. Robertson will share about the deliberate pause, a conscious moment in which we open our minds and ask “why are things the way they are?” and wonder “how could life be better?” Pausing to ask such questions is a natural and uniquely human inclination. It’s also the critical factor that sparks fresh ideas and is seized by entrepreneurs to catalyze seismic changes—ones that allow humanity to progress.

Attendees will gain insight into developing an entrepreneurial mindset and also learn about early Enid innovators who impacted their world. Yet, another objective of the seminar is to inspire attendees to pursue entrepreneurial dreams in private enterprise. In addition to the scholars’ lectures, information will be shared about resources available locally to assist individuals desiring to investigate opportunities in the region.

Local participants will include Joel Champlin, grandson of H.H. Champlin of Champlin Oil; Jon Blankenship, president & CEO of the Greater Enid Chamber of Commerce; Missy Cole, with the Oklahoma Small Business Development Center; Brent Kisling, executive director Enid Regional Development Alliance; Tom Evans, Encompass Financial; Gary Brown, attorney/local historian; and Phillip Gillham - Self Employment Coordinator - James W. Strate Center for Business Development at Autry Technology Center.

This learning experience is made possible by a grant from the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation and Lew and Myra Ward of Ward Petroleum.

Contact Dr. Cheryl Evans, Northwestern-Enid dean, at or 580-213-3105 to reserve a space for the seminar. To complete the registration process, participants must indicate which site to attend and choose seminar sessions.