Registration continues for business conference

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

If you own a business, want to start a business or are just interested in learning more about business related topics, such as identity theft, the 2008 Kaysinger Business Conference, Business Builders: Tips, Trends and Traits, on Sept. 25 at Cottey College will have something of interest to you.

This year there is no cost to attend the conference, however, seating is limited and pre-registration is recommended. There will be a $15 fee for the optional buffet lunch prepared by the Cottey chef.

"I think this is the best schedule we've had in the last three years and I'm looking forward to it," Ron Clow, chairman of the conference organizing committee, said.

"Anyone who attends the conference will come away feeling they spent their time well and would be a repeat attendee," Clow said.

He said that in past years most of the people who attended felt that it was a very rewarding experience.

"They learned things they never considered before," he said.

This year's conference runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the Haidee and Allen Wilde Center for the Arts at Cottey College. Registration and a continental breakfast begins at 8 a.m., followed at 9 with introductions and opening remarks and at 9:15 Marylou DeWald, Ph.D., assistant professor and division chair of the business department at Ottawa University will give a presentation on "Characteristics of Successful Entrepreneurs & How Communities Can Grow Successful Entrepreneurs,"

Other topics include cash flow, growing non-profits, identity theft, recruitment and retentention of employees, banking needs for new businesses and Small Business Administration loan strategies.

Clow said that last year 80 people attended and this year they are hoping to have over 100 attendees.

He said that he is looking forward to a program presented by the Joplin Business Journal, "40 Under 40 Recognition" at noon, which will feature some of the 40 area entrepreneurs who are under 40 years old that were recognized for their accomplishments by the Joplin Business Journal and a panel discussion among entrepreneurs at the end of the conference.

He said that it is not necessary to attend the entire conference.

"If you just have an hour or two you are welcome to come for part of the conference," he said.

Clow said that people can register for the conference through Sept. 24.

He said that the conference would not be possible without the assistance of Cottey College and the support of other sponsors like KCP&L, NRMC, USDA Rural Development and the Joplin Business Journal.

Anyone with questions about the conference or needing help registering, can contact Clow at (417) 448-2700.

Further information about the conference, including the complete schedule and a registration form can be found at the conference Web site: www.kaysing.org.

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