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To find more information on the Speaker Series, please see the Entrepreneurial Center Guide. Please register by clicking on the Registration button. 

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Veteran's Panel - Our Veterans: Their Success

Davenport Military Veterans share their success stories.
November 7, 2018 | 11:30 - 12:30 with Q&A 12:30 - 1:00 pm

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Alumni Panel: Generation Start-up

"Alumni and their business ventures" Davenport University’s Alumni will discuss their business ventures, challenges, and how Davenport helped them developed as business leaders.
April 17, 2018 | 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Dr. Linda Goulet

Department Chair for Marketing

"Developing sustainable leadership strategies to increase corporate revenue." Dr. Goulet will review her research on the sustainable leadership strategies in West Michigan that business leaders integrate to increase corporate revenue.

Audience: All DU students and mature businesses will benefit from attending this speaker event.

April 5, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Valerie Obenchain

CEO of Advanced Interactive Response Systems, LLC (AIRS)
"Entrepreneurial Roller Coaster: Avoiding the ups and downs" Valerie will discuss the ups and downs of entrepreneurship and provide helpful hints to avoid common pitfalls. Her expertise is in healthcare and this event will focus the discussion around health care devices and services
Audience: All DU students and any business start-up, but especially those with an emphasis on the healthcare industry will benefit from attending.
March 8, 2018 | 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Jack Cichy, Ph.D.

Management professor at Davenport University
"Do you have an entrepreneurial spirit?" Professor Cichy will facilitate an interactive session on the achievement, power and affiliation motives and how they relate to entrepreneurial success.
Audience: From new business start-ups to mature businesses, you will find this event very valuable.  All DU Students are welcomed.
February 21, 2018 | 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
 Mike Dokter

Mike Dokter

Partner & SVP at Motown Property Group
DU Alumni
"What I wish I knew about business at 19". Starting a business can provide many challenges as well as learning opportunities.  Mike Dokter will discuss the common mistakes made early on in business ownership based on his experience. 
Audience: This event will be especially valuable for business start-up owners.  All DU students are welcomed. 
February 13, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Dr. Mike Carey
Director for Graduate Programs and Associate Dean for the College of Business
"Building Your Brand & Growing Your Business". Learn tools to successfully market your new business. 
Dr. Jim Gort
Associate Department Chair in Management
"The Entrepreneurial Edge: Leading Your Venture". Dr. Gort will lead an interactive session on effective leadership and management skills and how they relate to entrepreneurship.
Professor Misty Davis, J.D.
Department Chair in Legal Studies and Human Resources
"Legal Elements of Business Start-ups". What are the legal aspects to entrepreneurship and how can businesses remain compliant?
Professor Grant Lee
Department Chair in Accounting and Finance
"Keeping the Books & Growing Your Business". Accounting skills are necessary for any entrepreneurial business venture. Professor Lee will speak on how to integrate proper accounting measures to ensure your business success.
Our Veterans: Their Business
Speaker Panel Discussion in celebration of our Vets was held on November 7, 2017
David Gainor, CPCU
Vice President of Operations at Keyser Insurance
"Insurance Versatility and Stability". As an entrepreneur, the insurance industry provide versatility, financial stability, and personal fulfillment.  Insurance needs are also addressed in other industries as entrepreneurs. This event was held on November 8, 2017.


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