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University of Iowa News Release

July 3, 2003

Young Entrepreneurs Attend University Of Iowa Business Camp

Twenty-nine Iowa and Illinois high school students recently learned how to run their own business at a camp sponsored by the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC) at the University of Iowa.

The students attended the 2003 Young Iowa Entrepreneurs Summer Camp from June 24-27 at the UI. During the week, the students developed a business plan from start to finish. In writing their plans, they learned how to identify and evaluate entrepreneurial opportunities, do market research, and find financing for new ventures. Some participants developed a business idea into a plan, while others expanded their plan from an existing enterprise.

Participants and their business ideas included:

AMES: Allison Vigoya, Swivel Ideas
CEDAR RAPIDS Shawn Hoy, Crimson Web Design
CORALVILLE: Jesse Rodriguez, Sports Fitness Center
CLINTON: Chris Bong, Korea's Ultimate Room
CLIVE: David Rigler, Rigler Athletics
EARLING: Adam Schwery, Schew's Music
FORT MADISON: Justin Barnes, Madison Arcade; Derek Kozlowski,
HARLAN: Sean Rooney Roondubz, Custom Car Accessory Installationz; Jessica Davis, Clothing Unlimited; Jessica Lytle, Pro Script Rx; Warren Rauterkus, Bikes Unlimited
IOWA CITY: David Sharma, SquarmaSoft; Corey Barnes, Video Express; Drew Lindenboom, Outlaw Skate Shop; Kendal Kernstine, Exlusively Teens; Tanki Nyane, Motherland Restaurant
MITCHELLVILLE: Brad Magg, Magg Family Catering
WEST DES MOINES: Mark Robinson, Clean Cut Services

At the camp, students attended classes and developed their business plans in the John Pappajohn Business Building. In addition, they heard from successful entrepreneurs and business owners. In the evenings, they enjoyed an ice cream social, a magic show and played games in the recreation room. The campers stayed at the Currier Residence Hall on the UI campus.

"The camp was a chance for business-oriented students from across the state to meet and share ideas about entrepreneurship. In the daily sessions, they learned from seasoned entrepreneurs and business faculty what it takes to start a successful business," said Dawn Bowlus, JPEC Outreach Coordinator.

The John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center and the University of Iowa co-sponsored the Young Iowa Entrepreneur Summer Camp program. There was no fee for the camp, which is made possible through a grant from The William Zimmerman Foundation of Fairfield, Iowa. In their applications, students submitted an essay about what kind of business they wanted to start, why they wanted to attend the camp, and included other business experience and academic background.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: George McCrory, University of Iowa News Services 319-384-0012,

PROGRAM CONTACT: Dawn Bowlus at 319-335-0985 or