FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 24, 2012
Vera Bradley Co-founder to speak at Cook Institute for Entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech
The Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship (www.ivytech.edu/entrepreneurship) is hosting its third annual Cook Institute for Entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington on Wednesday, October 3. The luncheon will be held in the Hoosier Times Student Commons from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Connie and Steve Ferguson Academic Building at 200 Daniels Way. The keynote speaker will be Patricia R. Miller, Co-founder of Vera Bradley.
“Part of the mission of the Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship is to engage the community and to foster entrepreneurship in the region,” said Ivy Tech-Bloomington Chancellor John Whikehart. “The Cook Institute is an example of how the Center connects with community through its programs.”
A workshop, “How to raise money for your startup or growing business,” will be held following the luncheon from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Lamkin Hall, in the Connie and Steve Ferguson Academic Building. Guests of the Cook Institute are invited to stay and participate in the workshop presented by Kevin Cameron, CEO of Ionetix Corporation in San Francisco.
Individual tickets for the third annual Cook Institute for Entrepreneurship luncheon are $50, and tables of 8 can be purchased for $500.
Event sponsors include Bloomington Economic Development Corporation, Cook Medical, German American, and Nature’s Way.
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.
Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.
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.