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Release: April 19, 2000

Entrepreneurial leaders speak April 26 at UI

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Four experienced entrepreneurs will tell how they deal with difficult situations, both on a professional and personal level, as part of the John R. Hughes Lecture Series in Entrepreneurship April 26 at the Pappajohn Business Building.

The University of Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center and Hills Bank and Trust Company are sponsoring the lecture entitled, "A View of Tomorrow." Speakers Randy Easton, Edward Moldt, Dr. Sanjay Singhvi and Richard Schwab, will discuss the challenging issues entrepreneurial business leaders face today.

Randy Easton is owner and president of Easton Enterprises, LLC, a Cedar Rapids company involved in manufacturing, water treatment and an Internet distance education. In his presentation "You Don't Have to be a to be an Entrepreneur," Easton will speak about his business experiences and the many ways to be a successful entrepreneur.

Edward Moldt, director of the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center at the UI, has introduced entrepreneurship education and practice at the UI and a consortium of 15 Iowa community colleges. He has started dozens of companies over the past 29 years, founded the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Indiana University, and was managing director of the Sol C. Snider Entrepreneurial Center at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Moldt and Dr. Sanjay Singhvi will introduce their new website, EntreBiz, which provides online assistance and services for practicing entrepreneurs.

Singhvi currently owns three businesses and teaches in the UI management information sciences department. He recently developed a web-based course, "Programming in Visual Basic" and continues to develop new software products.

Richard Schwab, a former vice president and general manager of the Government Services Division at National Computer Systems in Iowa City, is currently an "angel" investor, putting time and money into promising Iowa ventures. He will speak about his views and experiences, how to get into the angel network, and how to select and work with companies.

Registration for the lecture begins at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26 in the Buchanan Auditorium, Room W10 in the Pappajohn Business Building, followed by the presentations at 6:30 p.m. and a reception at 8:30 p.m. The program is free and open to the public.

To register or for more information, contact the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center at (319) 335-1022 or email