Columbia College to host panel discussion to educate local entrepreneurs

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 | 4:26 p.m. CDT; updated 1:32 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, May 1, 2013

COLUMBIA — Columbia College will host a panel discussion about business and entrepreneurship Thursday.

This discussion is part of the college's first ever CC 'Trep Takeover event. 

The panel includes Ted Dhanik, former marketing strategist at MySpace and co-founder of engage: BDR; Austin and Zach Hurst, venture capitalists who were among the finalists to acquire Hostess Brands, Inc.; and Beth Shawaluk, a software developer that helps companies save money. 

The panelists will remain on site after the discussion to answer questions and network.

The event is not only for startups and entrepreneurs, the college's public relations coordinator Jeff Branscom said. The business community at large should find the discussion informative.

The event is sponsored by the Steve and Barbara Fishman Center for Entrepreneurship.

In September 2012, Steve Fishman, Columbia College alum and Big Lots Inc. CEO, donated $500,000 to the school to establish the center. The school will begin to roll out entrepreneurial curriculum in 2014, and this event is meant to kick off the program.

The panel will take place 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Launer Auditorium, 901 Rogers Street. Admission is free.

For those who cannot attend, the event will be livestreamed on a website hosted by the college.

Supervising editor Elizabeth Brixey.

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