Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

September 29, 2003

International Entrepreneur David Bussau to Present
Luncheon Lecture at Whitworth

International entrepreneur and "grandfather" of the micro-enterprise development movement David Bussau will present a luncheon lecture, "Christian Micro-Enterprise Development," on Monday, Oct. 6, from noon-1 p.m. in the HUB Catering Rooms at Whitworth College. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (509) 777-4585 or e-mailing dquinn@whitworth.edu.

Bussau will also give an informal lecture, "A Conversation on Micro-Enterprise in the Developing World: New Paradigms for Private Investment," at 7 p.m. on Oct. 6 in the Eric Johnston Science Center auditorium. Bussau's evening lecture is co-hosted by Whitworth, Gonzaga University and Eastern Washington University, and is open to students from those institutions and the general public.

An entrepreneur who got his start in the food and construction industries, Bussau is the founder of Opportunity International, a micro-enterprise development organization that has created more than a million jobs for the impoverished in third-world countries. Bussau has implemented holistic- development objectives in more than 60 countries during the past 25 years. In 2000 Bussau was named one of "Australia's 10 most creative minds" by Bulletin Magazine and he was awarded The Order of Australia.

After an earthquake shook Indonesia in 1976, Bussau and his family moved to Bali to volunteer in the rebuilding efforts. He provided financing for hundreds of small loans to help local businesses rebuild and grow. Inspired by their success, Bussau sold his businesses and established a not-for-profit foundation to provide small amounts of capital to the underprivileged so they could become entrepreneurs. This method is known as micro-enterprise development.

Bussau is a strong advocate of Christian micro-enterprise development and has co-authored several books on the subject, including Reflections on Christian Micro-Enterprise Development and How Then Shall We Lend? A Biblical Validation of Micro-Enterprise Development.

Bussau's campus visit and lectures are sponsored by Whitworth's $2-million Lilly Vocation Grant, "Discerning Vocation: Community, Context and Commitment," from the Lilly Foundation, Inc., and the Herbert B. Jones Grant for the establishment of Whitworth's new Entrepreneurship and Small Business Studies Program.


Kyle Usrey, dean of the School of Global Commerce & Management, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4585 or kusrey@whitworth.edu.

Donna Quinn, assistant to the dean, School of Global Commerce & Management, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4585 or dquinn@whitworth.edu.

Doug Laher, assistant professor of economics and business, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4722 or dlaher@whitworth.edu.

Jo Ann Nielsen, program coordinator for the Herbert B. Jones Grant, 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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