UW Oshkosh: Entrepreneurship is focus of business college symposium

Katherine Fredrickson, (920) 424-3270

OSHKOSH – A keynote address by the cofounder of Culver’s restaurants and panel discussions involving business leaders and leading Fox Valley entrepreneurs will be part of the third annual University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh College of Business Administration Fall Symposium.

“Support of entrepreneurship is vital to the economic development of Northeast Wisconsin,” said UW-Oshkosh business Dean E. Alan Hartman. “ Our college has a long history of providing leadership education, guidance and consulting for entrepreneurs.”

The Celebration of Scholarship symposium, Hartman said, is an “opportunity for the college, university and community to recognize alumni and community leaders who have achieved success in establishing or growing a business.”

The UW-Oshkosh College of Business Administration, the first in Wisconsin to offer an entrepreneurship emphasis, will soon publish a book about the entrepreneurial successes of its alumni.

At 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25, Craig Culver, owner of Culver Franchising Inc., will discuss the history, challenges and role of the family in the Culver business in a talk in the theatre of Reeve Memorial Union, 748 Algoma Blvd. He also will highlight how Culver Franchising Inc. was founded and launched.

Those on the panels will discuss the founding of their organizations and what the future holds. They also will provide advice to small business owners and others attending.

Both panels will be in the Reeve Memorial Union ballroom, 748 Algoma Blvd.

The panels are:
· 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, regional entrepreneurs and business leaders Sue Andrews, owner/president of FirstChoice Insurance Agency; James Bere Jr., head of Alta Resources; Elinor Smith, former owner/president of Landmark Staffing Resources Inc.; and Roy Vander Putten, who led Executive Risk, a specialty insurance company. UW-Oshkosh associate professor of management B.S. Sridhar will moderate.
· 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27, UW-Oshkosh alumni who started businesses before they turned 30; Carrie Anderson of Wisconsin Dells, Adam Keller of Neenah, Arthur Ladish of Neenah and Joel Bernhardt of Pepin. The moderator will be UW-Oshkosh management and entrepreneurship professor Burk Tower.

The program is sponsored partially by the UW-Oshkosh Small Business Development Center, UW-Extension and the U.S. Small Business Administration. All programs and services are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis.