September 23, 2011

The Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship is hosting its second annual Cook Institute for Entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus in the Connie and Steve Ferguson Academic Building on Wednesday, October 5. The luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  in the commons, and will feature keynote speaker and Chairman of the Board of the National Bank of Indianapolis, Mickey Maurer. Tickets and table sponsorships are still available.

“Ivy Tech is honored to host the second annual Gayle & Bill Cook Institute for Entrepreneurship with opening keynote speaker Mickey Maurer, who will talk about the importance of Mr. Cook’s ‘ready, fire, aim’ philosophy,” said Ivy Tech Bloomington Chancellor John Whikehart. “Part of the mission of the Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship is to engage the community and to foster entrepreneurship in the region, and the second annual Cook Institute is an example of how the Center connects with community through its programs.”

A workshop, “Social Media: Return on Inestment,” will be held following the luncheon from 2 to 3 p.m. in Lamkin Hall. Guests of the Cook Institute are welcome to stay and participate in this interactive workshop that will explore how social media strategy impacts business operations, productivity and ultimately the bottom line.

Individual tickets for the second annual Cook Institute luncheon at Ivy Tech are $50, tables of 8 can be purchased for $500, and event sponsorships for $1,000 are still available.

To purchase tickets, or for more information about the Cook Institute or the Cook Center for Entrepreneurship, contact (812) 330-6261, or visit

The Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus was established in 2010 to develop and implement practical tools and resources for students, individuals, and the community to foster entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech Bloomington and in the broader economic development region it serves.

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering associate degrees, long- and short-term certificate programs, industry certifications, and training that aligns with the needs of the community. The College provides a seamless transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a bachelor's degree.