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Creighton’s Business Start-up Conference to Help New Businesses Make It

Creighton’s Business Start-up Conference to Help New Businesses Make It

Interested in starting a new business? Want to improve the success of your existing company? Look no further than Creighton University’s “Making It! The Second Annual Business Start-Up Conference.”

Creighton’s Office of Intellectual Resources Management will host the two-day event, Sept. 25-26 at the Embassy Suites Hotel – Downtown/Old Market, 555 S. 10th St. For conference details, visit

Lee Fenicle, conference organizer and director of Intellectual Resources Management at Creighton, said the meeting is designed for businesspeople and entrepreneurs from across the Midwest

“Participants will walk away with a blueprint for considering every important aspect of starting a company,” he commented.

Evaluating the feasibility of a start-up idea, creating a business plan, securing capital and protecting intellectual property are among the conference’s key topics. Experts in consumer and mechanically engineered products, the food industry, and information technology will be among the presenters.

Jim Krieger, vice chairman and chief financial officer of The Gallup Organization, will provide opening remarks. Among the conference’s 13 presenters will be Chicago attorney Charles Valauskas, who has represented a wide variety clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups; Anne York, Creighton associate professor of entrepreneurship and strategy and director of the University’s entrepreneurship programs; and Angie Michaels, who founded FishHer -- Fishing Gear for Women after many failed attempts to find appropriate fishing gear for women. FishHer now has about 30 products available at 32 U.S. retail stores and an online company store.

Originally known as the Office of Technology Transfer, Creighton launched Intellectual Resources Management in 2008 with an expanded mission. In addition to its traditional role of transferring Creighton University’s research discoveries to the marketplace, IRM is serving the business community through entrepreneurship training, and providing opportunities for contract research and faculty consulting.

Creighton University is a Jesuit, Catholic university bridging health, law, business and the arts and sciences for a more just world.