YEK announces breakfast series

A retail jewelry merchant and a medical day spa entrepreneur will be among the speakers for Youth Entrepreneurs Kansas' 2009 breakfast seminars.

The YEK Business Breakfast Series kicks off Oct. 8 with Kyle and Lirel Holt, co-founders of U Inc., an online training firm. Lirel Holt also founded Carstar, a national auto body repair chain.

The series will continue with presentations by Amanda Gorecki, founder of Wichita-based Healing Waters Med Spa, on Oct. 22; and Barnett Helzberg Jr. of Helzberg Diamonds on Nov. 5.

Kylie Stupka, YEK executive director, said the breakfast series was started in 2003 and is held every other year.

It serves as a "pretty major" fundraiser for the organization that provides entrepreneurial education to high school students across Kansas, Stupka said.

Each breakfast program typically draws 200 people, a mix of YEK students and business people, she said.

"It's kind of a unique event in that it speaks to two different audiences," Stupka said.

Each of this year's events begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency Wichita. Tickets are $75.

The series' two biggest sponsors are accounting and consulting firm BKD and Wilson Building Maintenance.

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