The 2013 Entrepreneur Conference in El Dorado is set for April 26.
More to come, but for now, here’s the full presser:
El Dorado — On April 26, 2013, El Dorado Entrepreneur Task Force, Arkansas Women’s Business Center, and South West Community College Consortium — which includes South Arkansas Community College – El Dorado, Cossatot Community College, University of Arkansas – DeQueen, Rich Mountain
Community College – Mena, SAU Tech – East Camden, and University of Arkansas Community
College – Hope — will host the 2013 Entrepreneur Conference and G60 Event — an event to inspire,
educate, and connect entrepreneur education with real world small business.
The conference will be held at the El Dorado Conference Center 10:00 am – 4:00 pm with an elevator pitch competition starting at 5:30.
The conference is a forum to connect, educate, and inspire every attendee towards entrepreneur
education and business development. Hosted by the El Dorado Entrepreneur Task Force and sponsored by the South West Community College Consortium, First Financial Bank, and Ray Traylor, CPA, the conference will bring together diverse perspectives on entrepreneurship education while providing a platform for emerging companies, entrepreneurs, and investors to connect and take action.
The program panelists include experts in high school, college, and small business entrepreneurship.
They will be sharing best practices for merging entrepreneur education with real world business
Conference featured speakers:
Federal Co-Chairman of the Delta Regional Authority, Chris Masingill
Christopher A. Masingill serves as the Federal Co-Chairman of the Delta Regional Authority, a federalstate
partnership whose mission is to help create jobs, build communities, and improve lives in the 252
counties and parishes in the eight states of the Delta region. Chairman Masingill has extensive
experience in community and economic development and developing strategic connections between the
public and private sectors.
Entrepreneurship Coordinator of Connect Arkansas, Mike Steely
Topic: Using Technology to Promote Your Business
Mike Steely joined Connect Arkansas in 2011 as the e-Commerce and Entrepreneurship Coordinator to
travel the state focusing on entrepreneurial and technology education for students. Mike previously
served Arkansas Capital Corporation as the Compliance Manger for its lending activities.
Owner of Startup Junkies Consulting, Inc., Jeff Amerine [and of course, IA advisor]
Topic: The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically
Jeff teaches entrepreneurship at the Walton College of Business. He also serves as a consultant to a
state program called Innovate Arkansas which is chartered with the creation and support of a
knowledge- based economy in Arkansas. He also publishes a weekly tech-startup-focused blog
sponsored by Arkansas Business and Innovate Arkansas called Techpreneurship.
Gone in Seconds Keynote Speaker:
Owner of Orig Audio, featured on Shark Tank, Entrepreneur Magazine, and Time Magazine,
Topic: How Orig Audio went from Idea to Reality.
Jason graduated from University of California, Davis in 2006 with a degree in Managerial Economics.
He launched his first business as a third-grader in the San Francisco suburb of Danville, California and
has had the same entrepreneurial spirit since then. In his early career, Jason successfully ran various
marketing campaigns for Major League Soccer and later JanSport, where he increased their collegiate
business by 50% in over three years. He also has experience implementing marketing strategies for
Ebay, Wells Fargo, Microsoft, Kodak and other Fortune 500 companies.
In August 2009, Jason and his business partner Mike Szymczak launched OrigAudio, which is now
recognized worldwide. His business was funded in part by Robert from Shark Tank, and his invention
has been featured in Time Magazine’s “Top 50 Inventions”. He was also named Entrepreneur
Magazine’s “Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year”. Jason currently heads OrigAudio’s corporate office
in Costa Mesa, California and still travels for fun as he continues to expand the business.
You have one minute to say it all. Pitch your business idea within 60 seconds in front of a general
audience and investors at the Gone in 60 Seconds elevator pitch competition. First prize wins $1,000,
second place $500, and third place $250. Plus, a press release in ArkansasBusiness.com.
The conference and G60 will be packed with useful information that every entrepreneur educator and
business owner can use. Tickets for the conference, which includes lunch and G60 event, are $50.
General admission for G60 only is $15 and $5 with student ID. To be a presenter in G60 is FREE.
For more information visit www.startupeldorado.com, call (870) 864-8429 or email