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April 11, 2001
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Enterprise in Business Week at IU Northwest
American Steel Industry in Crisis Summit Draws National Leaders

The School of Business and Economics at Indiana University Northwest is hosting a week of business education opportunities with national, regional and local business and community leaders.  From April 23 through April 25, workshops, panels, business expositions, and an American Steel Industry in Crisis Summit with Congressman Pete Visclosky and Lt. Governor Joe Kernan, as well as national/regional business and steel industry leaders are on the agenda. All events are open to the community.

Two sessions of the workshop, Writing a Business Plan will kick-off Enterprise in Business Week on Monday, April 23 from 8:30 to 11:30 am and from 1 to 3:30 p.m. in the university’s Library Conference Center. Jennifer Guziewicz of the Hammond Development Corporation and graduate of the IU Northwest Institute for Innovative Leadership, will facilitate the workshop. Open to the community, the workshop fees are $5 for community members and $2 for students with an ID. Information and registration are at 219-980-6552. 

Highlighting the School of Business and Economics' Enterprise in Business Week is the American Steel Industry in Crisis Summit on Tuesday, April 24 from 7:45 to 11:30 a.m. with national and local panels led by Indiana’s Congressman Pete Visclosky and Lt. Governor Joe Kernan.  

The National Dilemma panel led by Visclosky includes George Becker, former president of the United Steelworkers of America; Dr. Gary Lynch, IU Northwest professor of economics; and Andy Sharkey, president and CEO of the American Iron and Steel Institute. 

The second panel will address the steel crisis’ Threat to Hoosier Communities, with Kernan facilitating. The local panel includes David Bochnowski, president and CEO of Peoples Bank; Dr. Stephen Hewlett, superintendent of the Duneland School Corporation; Beth Kaminiski, president and CEO of Ancilla Health Systems, Inc.; Jack Parton, director of the USWA District 7; and Joe Turner, president of Primary Energy: A NiSource Subsidiary. The Summit will be in the university’s Savannah Center and begins with a continental breakfast at 7:45 a.m. The summit will begin at 8:15 a.m. in the Savannah Center Auditorium. More information and registration are at 219-980-6633.

Also on April 24, the Accounting and Business Student Organization (ABSO) will host a panel of regional business entrepreneurs from 1 to 3 p.m. who will discuss owning their own businesses. Panel members include Adelbert Bell of Pro-Edge in Shelby; Harold Foster of Tugtel Communications in Gary; Vance Kenney of K & S Enterprise; Audrey Frost of That Little Café; Jerry Phelps of Express Personnel Services; Glen and Thea Fox of Soteria Desco Co. in Gary; and Judith Root-Stiles of Lakeview Associates. For more information call the ABSO Office at 219-980-6915.

The  will wrap up the week on Wednesday, April 25 with exhibitors from regional businesses. Designed for individuals who are interested in starting their own business, the Expo will be from noon to 7 p.m. Exhibitors include Bank Calumet, Fantasy Travel, Golden Recognition, Oak Investment Services, and PGF Consultants, DAI and Inner City Plaza. A Business Plan Preparation Competition with awards is also part of the event. For more information on the Entrpreneurship Expo telephone 219-888-2511 or Dr. Charles Hobson 219-980-6903.

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