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September 21, 2009 - Interactive Workshop Teaches Students How to Make Business Ideas Real

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Young entrepreneurs, college students and faculty advisors will gain a better understanding of the critical steps involved in starting a business during the annual “Who Wants to Be an Entrepreneur?” workshop.

The interactive workshop is scheduled for Oct. 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Reed Center in Midwest City. Registration deadline for the workshop is Oct. 21.

“Who Wants to Be an Entrepreneur?” is open to all college-level entrepreneurs, students and faculty. Participants will learn the key elements involved in starting a business, including how to write a business plan, what investors are looking for in an entrepreneur, how to successfully present a plan to investors, and local resources for start-up, technology-based businesses.

New this year is an expanded opportunity for attendees to network and dine with more than 50 community leaders, investors, entrepreneurs and economic development experts.

Participants will also learn about the “Governor’s Cup,” Oklahoma’s annual statewide collegiate business plan competition, and hear ways to improve the odds of winning $250,000 in cash awards, scholarships and fellowships.

The workshop will be led by top Oklahoma business professionals, entrepreneurs, service providers and investors who will share their experiences and knowledge of the commercialization process. A special panel discussion titled “The Rubber Meets the Road” will provide attendees with interactive guidance on how to make projects fundable.

The workshop is free, and lunch is provided. However, registration is required. Participants can register online at by calling (405) 744-9964.

“Who Wants to Be an Entrepreneur?” is an annual event sponsored by the Oklahoma Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) and i2E, Inc. Both are non-profit organizations that promote research in Oklahoma.