Entrepreneur event to feature dozens of sessions

Eleven Ohio colleges and universities will participate | November 12, 2009


For the second year, the Williams College of Business at Xavier University will host Ohio’s only collegiate entrepreneur and ethics conference and competition.
The event will be held Nov. 16 and 17 with the theme “Entrepreneurship and Ethics.”
Entrepreneurial expert Mike Gendron will speak about entrepreneurial careers and leadership. And entrepreneurial authority Peter Henseler will talk about global entrepreneurship.
Gendron is a partner with the Cincinnati office of Tatum LLC, the nation’s largest executive services firm. Gendron has specialized in mergers and acquisitions around the world.  He is the author of business books that describe practical methods to unlock shareholder value.
Henseler is president of RC2 Corp., formerly known as Racing Champions Ertl Corp. RC2 is a designer, producer and marketer of collectible hobby, toy and infant products.
Students will compete against other college students and learn from Ohio entrepreneurs. Students who have a business or a business idea will be able to show it off to people who have business advice, money and influence.
The conference will provide information about business financing and overcoming other start-up challenges. Twenty-four breakout sessions will be offered, led by Williams College faculty and entrepreneurs. Topics include Entrepreneurship in China and India, Finance and Accounting for Entrepreneurs, Ethical Leadership and Project Management Skills for Entrepreneurs.   
Students will be able to network with consultants and other experts, and connect with other student entrepreneurs. Students from 11 Ohio colleges and universities will participate, including the University of Cincinnati, Wilmington College, the College of Mt. St. Joseph, Cincinnati State, Northern Kentucky University and Xavier.
In the first part of the competition, students will enter a business exposition where they will create a display demonstrating their business idea and plan. In the second competition, student teams will compete for customer satisfaction and profits in a computer simulation.

The conference and competition will be held at the Cintas Center on Xavier’s Norwood campus. Members of the public are welcome to attend for free, but space is limited. They should contact Paula Flynn at 745-2927 or flynnp@xavier.edu to make reservations.
The Williams College of Business is one of three colleges at Xavier University. It is one of the nation’s top-ranked business schools for entrepreneur programs.