The event is open free to the public. Pre-registration is required for those attending the breakfast and luncheon, which is limited to the first 100 participants. For more information or to pre-register, go online to www.mcneese.edu/EconDay.
Sponsors are McNeese's Ann Rosteet Hurley Center for Economic Education, Alumni Association, International Business Club, College of Business and Burton College of Education, as well as the Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance and the Louisiana Council for Economic Education.
Keynote speakers for the conference are Jon Gregory, managing director of Innovate North State, the leading regional innovation catalyst organization in California's North State that considers innovation and entrepreneurship essential ingredients for sustained economic growth, and Doug Hall, professional innovator, adjunct faculty member, academic researcher and best-selling author on sales, marketing, creativity and innovation.
Gregory, who will talk at 8:45 a.m., is also a general partner in the new Northern California Investment Fund, a regional angel investment fund making seed-stage equity investments in high-potential entrepreneurs, and he was founder, president and CEO of Golden Capital Network, which hosted over 50 start-up and early-stage venture forums across California in rural and metropolitan areas.
One of Hall's creative ideas - an Innovation Engineering curriculum that he helped develop at his alma mater at the University of Maine - has sparked the creation of a Student Innovation Center at McNeese, along with courses that provide McNeese students with the foundation on understanding how to generate innovative ideas in any field. His talk is scheduled for 11:15 a.m.
Panels on "Regional Support Systems and Connecting Entrepreneurs to Capital" and "Innovation as Preparation for the Talent Pipeline" will also be presented during the day.
Persons needing accommodations as provided by the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact the ADA Coordinator at 337-475-5428, voice; 337-475-5960, fax; 337-562-4227, TDD/TTY, hearing impaired; or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.