Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

March 6, 2003

Whitworth's Entrepreneur Speakers Series to Feature
Regional Startup Consultant Nathan Brown

The Whitworth College School of Global Commerce and Management's Entrepreneur Speakers Series will feature a presentation by Nathan Brown, managing partner of the Morgan Leigh Group. Brown's presentation will take place on Thursday, March 20, at a noon brown-bag lunch in the Hixson Union Building Catering Rooms at Whitworth College. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call (509) 777-3742.

The Morgan Leigh Group, based in Liberty Lake, Wash., provides consultation to startup and early stage companies. Brown has been a primary or participating founder of more than 10 startup companies and was chief financial officer for four startups in markets ranging from residential broadband and delivery services to language training. His areas of specialty are financial analysis, strategic planning and startup incubation.

Brown has worked as a management consultant in San Francisco, New York and Australia, and has presented to groups including Wall Street executives, members of Congress and high-ranking corporate officers.

Brown holds an M.B.A. with an emphasis in entrepreneurship and finance from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a bachelor's degree in international business from San Jose State University.

Brown's presentation is the third of five Entrepreneur Speakers Series presentations taking place on campus this spring. The series is part of Whitworth's new Entrepreneurship and Small Business Studies Program, which was established recently with a grant from the Seattle-based Herbert Jones Foundation to support the Whitworth School of Global Commerce and Management as it becomes a regional leader of entrepreneurship education and to strengthen connections between the college and the Spokane business community.

The on-campus series, which is free and open to the public, provides Whitworth students and faculty, and members of the regional business community, with opportunities to learn from and interact with entrepreneurs and small-business professionals from industries throughout the region.

In addition to the speakers series, the three-year grant will lay the groundwork for development of a program for entrepreneurship and small business studies by establishing a job shadowing/mentoring and internship program that will link students with Spokane-area entrepreneurs.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The college enrolls about 2,200 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.

Contacts:

Elizabeth Peterson, assistant professor of economics and business, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4675 or epeterson@whitworth.edu.

Jo Ann Nielsen, coordinator/administrative services, School of Global Commerce and Management, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3242 or joannnielsen@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, Public Information Specialist, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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