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Maine Community College System

News Release
Entrepreneurship Conference To Be Held April 8 At Kennebec Valley Community College

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, March 8, 2005
CONTACT: Alice Kirkpatrick
Tel: (207) 767-0116, ext. 3

AUGUSTA, Me.— The Maine Community College System is sponsoring a half-day conference for policy makers, education officials, business leaders and others on models and approaches being used by states to nurture and support entrepreneurs.

The event, called Entrepreneurship: The Spirit of Maine, will be held Friday, April 8 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Kennebec Valley Community College in Fairfield and will feature state and national leaders in entrepreneurship. To attend, register online or call Marcia Schools at 629-4000.

Keynote speakers include; Governor John E. Baldacci; Dr. Joseph Kayne, Cintas Chair & Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Richard T. Farmer School of Business at Miami University in Ohio; and Dr. Deborah Markley, Co-Director of the Rural Policy Research Institute at the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship at Chapel Hill in North Carolina. Other speakers include; Charles Summers, newly-appointed New England Regional Administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration; Representative John Richardson, Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives; Susan Gendron, Maine Commissioner of Education; and Jack Cashman, Maine Commissioner of Economic and Community Development.

The presenters will discuss various models used by states to nurture entrepreneurship and enhance their economic well-being, an issue that is of importance to Maine policy leaders. Over 97 percent of all Maine businesses are small businesses that employ 61 percent of all Maine workers. In addition, 75 percent of new jobs in Maine are created by small businesses.

Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no cost to attend the conference.