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UI business center co-hosts home-based business forum Nov. 15 in Tipton

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Larry Lyon, an Iowa entrepreneur who has launched successful home-based ventures, is the keynote speaker for a half-day forum on starting and developing a home-based business Saturday, Nov. 15 in Tipton.

The "Home-Based Business Forum," co-sponsored by the Small Business Development Center at the University of Iowa College of Business Administration, will he from 8:15 a.m. to noon, Nov. 15, in the lower level of the Mercantile Bank, 102 East 5th St., in Tipton.

The session is one of several being held around the state this fall by the Iowa Rural Development Council.

The forum is open to the public, but registration is required. Registration is $10 per person in advance; $15 at the door.

Representatives from the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Iowa Arts Council, the Small Business Development Center, the Iowa Department of Economic Development, Iowa Rural Development Council, Service Corps of Retired Executives, the University of Iowa, and the Cedar County Economic Development Commission will be on hand to answer questions and discuss issues in home-based business development.

Lyon, who was born and raised in Oelwein, has created several home-based businesses. They include a promotional robot named "Miltron"; a remote-controlled, helium-filled hot-air balloon; a device, called "Pack Rate," used by skydivers; a home improvement repair company: and a portable machine for sanitizing wheelchairs and shopping carts.

He holds a degree in public relations and marketing from the University of Northern Iowa and has taught marketing at UNI.

For more information, or to register, contact Paula McMartin, Small Business Development Center, S160 Pappajohn Business Administration Building (PBAB), The University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa 52242; phone: (319) 335-3742.


EDITORS NOTE: Paul Heath, director of the Small Business Development Center at the University of Iowa College of Business Administration, is available for interviews to discuss the Nov. 15 "Home-Based Business Forum" in more detail. Contact him at

(319) 335-3742.