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Entrepreneur-training program at WSU grows

Wichita State's Center for Entrepreneurship is expanding its Practical Entrepreneur Training Tools weekly program this winter and spring, with training sessions scheduled through the end of the school year.

The courses, which meet from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays at Devlin Hall on the WSU campus, are designed to help entrepreneurs gain skills in areas such as marketing, business planning and real estate acquisition.

"We call it a working lunch so they can answer questions they might have or work on real problems with their company," said Tim Pett, director of the entrepreneurship center.

"It's an opportunity to learn something and apply in their small business."

Cost is $35 per session and includes lunch. The courses are available for $5 to WSU students

The program schedule this winter and spring:

* Feb. 11 "Developing Competitive Advantage," Jim Wolff

* Feb. 18 —"Small Business Innovation Research," Suman Saripalli

* March 4 —"Branding — Define Your Essence," Dotty Harpool

* March 11 —"The Business Plan and Investor Pitch," Chris Broberg

* March 18 —"Growth Strategies for Business," Don Hackett

* April 1 —"Business Valuation," Gaylen Chandler

* April 8 —"Understanding Financial Ratios," Ron Christy

* April 22 —"Real Estate Essentials for Entrepreneurs," Stan Longhofer

* May 6 —"Entering Foreign Markets," Masud Chand

* May 13 —"Intellectual Property," Gordon Kirsten

Call 316-978-3000 to register or register online at www.wichita.edu/PE.

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