Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

October 21, 2004

Local Entrepreneurs and Whitworth Students Invited to Share Business-Plan Ideas
with Panel of CEOs Nov. 3 for Upcoming Competition

Entrepreneurs from the Spokane area, Whitworth College students and campus personnel are invited to toss their business ideas at a panel of local CEOs and receive feedback on whether their ideas are good enough to stick in a Nov. 3 event, "CEOs and Spaghetti Throwers." While actual pasta won't be thrown at the event, organizers hope that, as spaghetti is thrown on a wall to see if it sticks and is well-cooked, the best of the business plans that are tossed at the CEOs will be developed and submitted for an upcoming competition.

The event will take place Wednesday, Nov. 3, from 5:30-8 p.m. in Avista Square and the Shupper Family Classroom in Weyerhaeuser Hall at Whitworth College. Admission is free. For more information, please call (509) 777-3242.

"CEOs and Spaghetti Throwers" is being held in preparation for the spring 2005 Business Plan Competition that is sponsored by Whitworth's H.B. Jones Entrepreneurship Program and the college's School of Global Commerce and Management, in collaboration with Gonzaga's Hogan Entrepreneurship and Leadership Program and Eastern Washington University's Center for Entrepreneurial Activities.

During the evening, the panel of four to five CEOs, which is being assembled by Bill Kalivas, vice president and director of information technology at INTEC, will share their own entrepreneurial paths with participants, followed by a question-and-answer session. Message boards will be available for participants to post their business ideas, and the CEOs will be available to brainstorm with students and campus personnel who have ideas for new business or nonprofit organizations. The evening will conclude with networking, food, and music entertainment.

The Business Plan Competition features $42,500 in prize monies that will be awarded in three categories. The deadline for participants to have their business plan developed and entered in the contest is January 15, 2005. Participants are spending fall 2004 developing their teams and support/coaches for the competition. Team members will consist of students and community entrepreneurs. At least one student on each team must be enrolled at Whitworth, Gonzaga or EWU.


Jack Gambill, director of the H.B. Jones Entrepreneurship Program, (509) 777-4455 or jgambill@whitworth.edu.

Jo Ann Nielsen, coordinator of the H.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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