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Lowell Stahl Center hosts Entrepreneurship Week

Lowell Stahl Center hosts Entrepreneurship Week at Lewis University

Published: November 1, 2013.

The Stahl Center for Entrepreneurship and Real Estate at Lewis University is hosting Entrepreneurship Week Nov. 5-8 with featured events located on the university’s main campus in Romeoville.

The first event, “Stuart Taylor – Angel Investor” will be held at 4 p.m. Nov. 5 in AS-158A of the Academic Building. Stuart Taylor received his undergraduate degree from Yale University and MBA in finance from Harvard Business School. He is now the chief executive officer of The Taylor Group. Since 2002, The Taylor Group has invested in 10 companies in industries including financial services, technology and healthcare. Prior to forming The Taylor Group, Taylor spent 19 years with major Wall Street firms including Morgan Stanley, Bear Stearns, CIBC World Markets and Bankers Trust. He currently serves as a board member for Ball Corporation, Hillenbrand, Inc. and United Stationers, Inc.

“Young Entrepreneur Panel” is the second event of the week. The panel consists of the founder/CEO of Local Lux, Randy Ellis, co-founder of Freebie, Hank Ostholthoff and co-founder of Rentalutions, Ryan Coon. This event will be held at 2 p.m. Nov. 6 in the University Dining Room.

The third and final event, “Supercharge Your Start Up” will feature Scott Steward, Interim Director of the Illinois Small Business Development Center at Chicago State University. Steward is a Master Certified Teacher of Entrepreneurship by the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship. Attendees will learn how to put together a business and how to avoid pitfalls. This event will be held at 2 p.m. Nov. 7 in the University Dining Room.

Also concluding during the week is the Business Plan Competition. Submissions are due by 3 p.m. Nov. 8 to the Stahl Center. The competition is open to all students, graduate and undergraduate. Students are to formulate an idea, develop a business plan and pitch their idea to a panel of judges. The winner(s) of the competition will win $5,000 to be used toward their business venture.

The Stahl Center integrates support for regional entrepreneurs with hands-on learning opportunities for multi-disciplinary students. The result is a collaborative cycle of understanding, planning, implementing, measuring and refining strategies for up and coming businesses. Regional entrepreneurs benefit from fresh ideas, enthusiasm and talent from the students, while students gain a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities involved with starting a business venture. More information about the Stahl Center is available at http://www.lewisu.edu/academics/cob/lsc/.

Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,600 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. Visit www.lewisu.edu for further information.

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