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UNI symposium highlights former student entrepreneurs and financial literacy

March 23, 2011

Katherine Cota-Uyar, associate director, UNI John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, 319-273-5732,

Stacey Christensen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa will host the UNI Entrepreneurship Symposium and Financial Literacy Kick-off from 1 to 4:45 p.m., Friday, April 1, in the Maucker Union University Room.

From 1 to 2:15 p.m., a panel of three UNI graduates and one current student will discuss the successful businesses they ran while part of the entrepreneurship program at UNI. One of the panelists, Nick Cash, founder of, was recently featured in Inc magazine's "America's Coolest College Start-ups 2011."

The Financial Literacy Month Kick-off will feature a session on banking, credit and loans with J. Scott Johnson, regional president for Well Fargo Bank; a session on insurance with Kellie Clarke of PDCM Insurance in Waterloo; and a session on investments with Christian Brown and Jesse Meehan of Financial Decisions Group in Waterloo. These presentations will begin at 2:15 p.m. and will conclude at 4:45 p.m.

Sponsors for the event are Wells Fargo Bank, UNI Entrepreneurs, UNI's Office of Student Financial Aid and the UNI John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center. For more information on the conference and biographies of the presenters, visit or the UNI Entrepreneurship Symposium page on Facebook.

This event is free and open to the public. The UNI John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, a division of UNI's Business and Community Services, provides a range of innovative educational programs and support services designed for student entrepreneurs. The center provides expertise in all stages of business planning and development and serves as a vehicle to bring new products and technologies to market. For more information about JPEC at UNI, visit, call 319-273-JPEC (5732) or email