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Release: Nov. 2, 2001

Business founders speak Nov. 12 at Sandage Entrepreneurial Speaker Series

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Founders of three entrepreneurial Iowa companies will share their business experiences Monday, Nov. 12 as part of the Sandage Entrepreneurial Speaker Series at the Pappajohn Business Building.

The University of Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, the Sandage Charitable Trust and the UI Small Business Development Center are sponsoring the program, which is free and open to the public. Doors open for the program at 6 p.m. in the Buchanan Auditorium, Room W10 in the Pappajohn Business Building, followed by the presentations at 6:30 p.m. and a reception. It features speakers Kathryn Dickel, Heather Hansen, Jim Griffin and B.J. Do, who will discuss the challenges entrepreneurial new business ventures face today.

Kathryn Dickel and Heather Hansen are co-owners of Swaelu Web Design Cooperative, a full service web development company specializing in the front-end services of design, content, functionality, and management. Swaelu is based in Des Moines with a cooperative of freelance professionals working with them from around the country.

"An Entrepreneur's Flight Plan" is the title of the presentation of Jim Griffin, executive vice president of NEXIQ Technologies. He founded a local software company, Diversified Software Industries (DSI) in 1996. Recently, NEXIQ Technologies, a leading company in vehicle diagnostic solutions, acquired DSI. As executive vice president, Griffin is responsible for positioning the company as a leading provider of telematics and wireless diagnostic solutions.

B.J. Do received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the UI College of Engineering.

Do and his partners started their Urbandale business in 1995 as an e-business products and services company. The corporate culture of ABC Virtual Communications, Inc. personifies the importance of fundamental values and principles to one's business. As president, Do manages the development of ABC Virtual Communication's long-range strategy.

In Do's presentation, entitled "The Importance of Practical Values in Start-ups", he will relate his company's story, and describe how his company's practical software solutions for the mortgage and banking industry have established him and the company as an important provider of financial software services.

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