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Pat Miller will keynote Entrepreneurship Conference at MC


       Entrepreneurs and would-be entrepreneurs will receive expert advice on successful practices at a Manchester College conference that opens with the co-president and co-founder of Vera Bradley Designs – Pat Miller, now Indiana Secretary of Commerce.

       The daylong 3rd Annual Mark E. Johnston Entrepreneurship Conference is Tuesday, Oct. 18, on the North Manchester, Ind., campus. Noted business and community leaders will present sessions on capital acquisition, venture financing, non-traditional marketing, creative fund-raising, social and rural entrepreneurship, and best practices, plus breakout sessions. Separate sessions will focus on non-profits.

       Cost is $15 for the entire program, including meals. Reservations are required for the conference, sponsored by the Wabash Economic Development Corp., Lilly Endowment Inc. internship grant and Mark E. Johnston Entrepreneurship program.

       Speakers include: Steven Beck of the Indiana Venture Center Inc.; Mary Giangiordano of the Indiana Small Business Development Center; Dr.  Kathryn Carlson Heler of the Manchester College business faculty; Dr. Ed Heler of Heler Consultancy; Craig Langley and Ken Perkins of First Farmers Bank & Trust and Tom Mattern of marketshare+.

       Panels feature: Dick Pletcher of Amish Acres, Scott Galley of G&S Metal Consultants Inc., Jeff Thornburgh of Machining Concepts Inc., Denny Fuller of Little Crow Foods, Sara Edgerton of Community Cancer Care, Nancy Louraine of Turnstone and Tony Macklin of Indiana Community Foundation.

       The conference begins at 8 a.m. in Wine Recital Hall on the east side of campus and closes at 3 p.m. To register, contact Manchester College Career Services at 260-982-5242 or  Space is limited.


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