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Conference Tackles Challenges of the Current Economy

Revised business strategies and the latest tools, resources and ideas for dealing with the new economy will be the focus of the 11th annual Entrepreneur’s Growth Conference at Duquesne University.

Keynote Speaker Jim Rudolph, chief executive officer of Rita’s Franchise Company and previous owner of 47 Pittsburgh-area Wendy’s, will address innovation and will offer insight on surviving and thriving in the face of tough economic times.

Pittsburgh’s Dr. Giorgio Coraluppi, founder and president of Compunetics Inc.,will share his entrepreneurial insights, discuss his path to success and offer tips about what he learned along the way during his lunchtime keynote address at the conference. Compunetics is a leader in the design and manufacture of printed circuit boards for the commercial and defense markets.

This year’s conference will feature new strategies on the economy, including seizing opportunity, new marketing tactics and tips about raising money. Topics to be addressed at the event’s various workshops will cover everything from legal strategies that protect a business to launching a nonprofit vs. a for-profit business to a guide to debt, equity and government financing.

In addition, the Entrepreneur’s Growth Conference will include a business building trade show featuring more than 50 organizations and live demonstrations.

When: Thursday, June 4, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Duquesne University Campus, 600 Forbes Ave.

Information: Registration costs for the Conference are $139 after May 28, $79 for half-day afternoon and $159 for walk-ins the day of the conference. Cost to attend the keynote luncheon is $50 per individual and $450 for a table of 10. For more information about this year’s Entrepreneur’s Growth Conference or to register, visit www.egc.duq.edu or call the SBDC at 412.396.6233.

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