UW-Whitewater's USASBE holds entrepreneurship conference

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Staff | January 19, 2015

WHITEWATER— The United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, housed at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater,  in conjunction with The University of Tampa, will hold its premier conference for entrepreneurship scholars and educators in Tampa Jan. 22-25. The 2015 annual conference, “Sun, Fun and Innovation—Advancing Entrepreneurship Education and Research,” offers a symposium for best practices in entrepreneurship education and program development.

The keynote speaker for this year's welcome reception is Richard Gonzmart,president of the Columbia Group, which owns the award-winning Columbia Restaurant chain, founded by his family in 1905. Gonzmart will present “Our Recipe for Success with Five Generations in One Business” on Thursday, Jan. 22, from 5 to 5:45 p.m.

The conference, held at the Tampa Hilton, highlights model academic programs, pedagogy, research and outreach efforts in the United States. “By fostering advances in these areas, we support the development of entrepreneurship educators, who will in turn create the next generation of entrepreneurs,” USASBE President Tony Mendes said.

The conference's closing plenary session on Sunday, Jan. 25, “What I Learned and What I Wish I Had Learned,” features former students from five Florida universities who will talk about their college experiences during a student success panel discussion. This revealing session will cap four days of educational workshops, plenary sessions and the annual USASBE entrepreneurial awards ceremonies.

The USASBE is the largest independent, professional academic organization dedicated to advancing the discipline of entrepreneurship.

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