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John Mutz to address first Cook Institute for Entrepreneurship

By Rebecca Troyer
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September 19, 2010

The best advice for starting a business venture often comes from people who have done it and succeeded.

On Oct. 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., the Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech Community College in Bloomington will launch the inaugural Cook Institute for Entrepreneurship. Former Indiana lieutenant governor, business leader and philanthropist John Mutz will be the keynote speaker. Attendees will also hear presentations and tips from a panel of local and regional entrepreneurs.

Mutz, a longtime friend of the Cooks, served as president of PSI Energy Inc., after four years as president of the Lilly Endowment. No stranger to entrepreneurship, Mutz was one of the original developers of a partnership that owned 31 Burger Chef restaurants. He now serves on several corporate and nonprofit boards of directors, including the Lumina Foundation, an Indianapolis-based private educational foundation. Ivy Tech Chancellor John Whikehart said Friday that Mutz’s business successes and public service make him the ideal speaker for the launch of the Cook Institute.

Modeled after the O’Bannon Institute, Ivy Tech’s popular annual civil engagement program, the two-hour October institute will reflect the long-term goals of the Cook Center.

“We want to expand the entrepreneurship program to reach out to people who’ve had their own business startups and to include existing business owners as mentors,” said Whikehart. “The center will offer short-term assistance to startups through noncredit courses, on subjects like QuickBooks, for example. But we’re also expanding our business administration degree to include entrepreneurship. Students are very interested in this.”

Ivy Tech will promote the institute throughout its six-county area, but as Whikehart noted, “We don’t want to be restricted by boundaries of any kind.”

Copyright: 2010