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Release: Nov. 16, 2000

Venture Capital luncheon is Nov. 27

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Joseph R. Dunham II, senior vice president of Equity Dynamics, Inc., will be speaking at a Venture Capital Luncheon from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 27 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Dunham works at the firm owned by John Pappajohn, a leading Iowa venture capitalist. Dunham is responsible for finding new investment opportunities, evaluating business plans, setting strategic plans, and financing new technology and health-care business ventures.

Prior to joining Equity Dynamics, Dunham was manager of investment services at Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Iowa (1993-1997), vice president of corporate finance at Allied Group Merchant Banking (1990-1993) and senior credit analyst with Hawkeye Bank and Trust (1987-1990). He also serves on the boards of several technology and medical companies.

The luncheon will be held in the UIHC East Room on the 8th Floor, located at 200 Hawkins Drive in Iowa City. It is sponsored by the UI Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center.

There is no charge to attend, but space is limited; RSVP to the SBDC at (319) 384-3572.

'Hiring Smart' seminar Nov. 28

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The founder of an eastern Iowa business consulting company will lead a half-day seminar on ways small businesses can improve their hiring process on Tuesday, Nov. 28.

Jack Ulmer, founder of Ulmer and Associates, will lead the UI Small Business Development Center seminar, "The New Art of Hiring Smart," from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Room S401 of the Pappajohn Business Building.

Seminar topics include components and problems in the traditional hiring process, identifying hiring problems, conducting interviews, the true cost of turnover, innovative prospecting techniques, using background checks, and job matching.

Ulmer has 27 years of experience as a human resource professional. He founded Ulmer and Associates in 1988 after serving as compensation and benefits manager at Norand Corporation.

Cost is $39. To register, call the UI Small Business Development Center at (319) 335-3742.

Area UI entrepreneurs to speak Nov. 29

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Three successful Eastern Iowa entrepreneurs will speak about how they started successful businesses as part of the Sandage Entrepreneurial Speaker Series at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29 in the Buchanan Auditorium of the Pappajohn Business Building.

Speakers include Thomas Cardella, founder and president of Access Direct, a Cedar Rapids telemarketing firm. Inc. magazine recently named the 1,000-employee firm the eighth fastest-growing company in the U.S. Cardella is a graduate of the UI Executive MBA program and has won entrepreneurship awards from Ernst and Young and the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Tara Cronbaugh, owner of the three Java House coffeehouses in Iowa City, will also speak. While she was a UI entrepreneurial student, she founded the company. In 1997 she was named Eastern Iowa Young Entrepreneur of the Year; she has been featured in several local and national business publications.

Also speaking will be Travis Schaffner, a UI freshman who started PowerSurge, an Internet company while in high school. Working in his partner's basement, PowerSurge became one of the biggest web-host providers in the Midwest. The company was recently sold to an Internet service provider in Cedar Falls. The speaker series is sponsored by the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC), the UI Small Business Development Center (SBDC), and the Sandage Charitable Trust. The program is free and open to the public, students, faculty and staff, but registration is required by Monday, Nov. 27. To register, contact Carolyn Norton at JPEC, (319) 335-1022 or email