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OCTOBER 1, 2010 - Workshop Offers Young Entrepreneurs Guidance and Opportunities

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Young entrepreneurs, college students and faculty advisers will gain a better understanding of the critical steps involved in starting a business by attending the annual “Who Wants to be an Entrepreneur?” workshop Friday, Nov. 5 at the Coca Cola Events Center in downtown Oklahoma City.

The interactive workshop will allow participants to learn the key elements involved in starting a business, including how to write a business plan; what investors are looking for in an entrepreneur; how to successfully present a plan to investors; and how to locate local resources for start-up, technology-based businesses.

Attendees will have the ability to expand their contacts through effective networking opportunities with community leaders, investors, entrepreneurs and economic development experts throughout the action-packed day.

Participants will also learn about the Governor’s Cup, Oklahoma’s annual statewide collegiate business plan competition, and hear ways to improve the odds of winning $250,000 in cash awards, scholarships and fellowships.

The workshop will be led by top Oklahoma business professionals, entrepreneurs, service providers and investors who will share their experiences and knowledge of the commercialization process.

“Who Wants to be an Entrepreneur?” is sponsored annually by the Oklahoma Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, the National Science Foundation and i2E.

The workshop is free to all participants, and lunch is provided. However, registration is required. To register for this exciting and informative event, visit