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CEI Kicks Off 2013 with Free Entrepreneurial Seminar Series

Wednesday, January 9, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Rhette Baughman
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PHOENIX, Arizona – The Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation enjoyed its biggest public turnout yet for the final Lunch and Learn seminar of 2012, and now the center is looking to capitalize on the momentum by revealing its exciting schedule for the new year.

Covering relevant topics for small businesses, CEI offers its free bi-weekly Lunch and Learn series as part of its continuing effort to educate entrepreneurs and the general public on important issues that impact the success of a business. Attendees are not only treated to a complimentary lunch, but they are exposed to the expertise of local industry leaders.

The series kicks off January 10 with "Got Brand? How to Create a Powerful Impression,” which will feature Tom Fulcher, founder of The Idea Gardener, as he provides valuable tools that help develop the right corporate image and make a lasting impression on potential customers. Future topics will explore social media law, crowdfunding, as well as an entire month devoted to "lean” business strategies.

2013 CEI seminars

January 10 "Got Brand? How to Create a Powerful Impression”
Tom Fulcher, Founder of The Idea Gardener

January 24 "Deconstructing a Patent”
Alex Hobson, Patent Agent and Founder of Invention-to-Patent Services LLP

February 7 "Lifecycle Marketing: A Hands-On Workshop to Develop Your Customer Base”
Eric Keosky-Smith, Arizona Regional Development Director at Infusionsoft

February 21 "The Legal Implications of Social Media”
Ruth Carter, Founder / Attorney, Carter Law Firm

March 14 "Every Second Counts: The Importance of Lean Manufacturing”
Jim Godfrey, Project Manager / Lean Expert

March 21 "Running Lean: How to Develop a Lean Canvas”
Sean Tierney, Founder of Grid7

April 4 "The Ins and Outs of Crowdfunding”
Brian Burt, Partner at Snell & Wilmer Law Firm

April 18 "Top 10 Myths about Agile Software Development”
Larry Apke, Engagement Manager at Neudesic

May 2 "SEO Juice: How Google+ Can Work for You”
Shannon Hernandez, Social Media Specialist / On-Air Talent at 98 KUPD

May 16 "How Immigration Law Impacts Your Small Business”
Chris Brelje, Immigration Attorney at Brelje & Associates, P.C.

May 30 "Sales Strategies that Maximize Revenues”
Nancy Sanders, Maricopa SBDC Business Analyst

All workshops will be held at CEI, which is located on the southeast corner of 38th Street and Van Buren in Phoenix. For those unable to attend in person, every seminar will be streamed live online.

Lunch and Learn seminars are free and open to the public, but seating is limited. To register for any of these events, visit or call (602) 286-8958.


About CEI
The Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation is a community-based facility at GateWay Community College located in the heart of Discovery Triangle. With funding from the US Economic Development Agency, City of Phoenix and Maricopa Community College District, CEI provides targeted business services and proactive business support to create a systematic link between technology development, compelling markets and opportunities; entrepreneurial and managerial talent development; early stage capital sourcing; and education and training, interns, coaching and business counseling. For more about CEI, visit

Media Contact:
Greg Bullock,, (602) 286-8958, (480) 544-8320.

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