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The Fuqua School of Business Hosting the Entrepreneur Conference 2004

August 15, 2004

Durham , NC -- The Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED) has partnered with The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University to host the Entrepreneur '04 conference themed "Essential Know-How and Networks". The conference is scheduled for Saturday, October 30, 2004 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The conference is set up for participants interested in starting their own high-growth businesses, turning their great product ideas into companies, and discovering funding and management resources. Entrepreneur '04 will feature interactive sessions in which successful entrepreneurs and business experts will explore new business trends and tools, sales and marketing techniques, and strategies to build entrepreneurial teams.

Attendees will include university researchers, corporate employees, small business owners, early-stage entrepreneurs, undergraduate and graduate students. The conference should provide this group of entrepreneurs an opportunity to network with their peers as well as helpful insight for a successful launch of their business.

"The Fuqua School of Business continues to be very active in the local entrepreneurial community," said Michael Hemmerich, associate dean for strategy & institutional research. Hemmerich noted that many Fuqua students work within the community on projects which augment their courses on entrepreneurship and innovation. In addition, Fuqua's Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE), a research and education center at Fuqua dedicated to promoting social entrepreneurship, engages social sector leaders, business school faculty and MBA students in a mutual learning process. CASE leadership includes Faculty Director Greg Dees and Managing Director Beth Anderson.

"We look forward to partnering with a world-renowned business school like Fuqua on Entrepreneur '04," said CED President Monica Doss. "We are fortunate to have Fuqua and other leading institutions in the area with such a strong focus on entrepreneurship."

CED has assembled a diverse and seasoned group of entrepreneurs, investors and other service partners to serve on the Entrepreneur '04 steering committee. The conference co-chairs are Douglas Riddle, senior vice-president of Wachovia and Grace W. Ueng, founder and president of RTP-based Savvy Marketing Group LLC. Fuqua also has two members on the committee including Bill Sax, executive-in-residence, and Todd Creech, a Fuqua graduate in 2003.

Additional information on Entrepreneur '04, including the agenda, speakers and panel session topics, will be announced in the coming weeks. Sponsorship opportunities and registration details are available online at the CED web site.

The Council for Entrepreneurial Development, located in Research Triangle Park , NC, is a private, non-profit organization formed in 1984 to stimulate the creation and growth of high-impact companies in the Research Triangle region. CED is the largest entrepreneurial support organization in the nation with more than 3,500 members representing 1,000 entrepreneurial companies, financiers and professional firms.