14th Annual Clarence E. Harris Entrepreneurial Forum

November 19, 2009

The 2009 Entrepreneurial Forum featured UTC MBA alumnus Josh McManus, Co-Founder and Creative Strategist of CreateHere. Over 500 business students attended the event!

The Clarence E. Harris Entrepreneurial Forum is conducted every year by the Harris Chair to promote dialogue and interaction between students, faculty and entrepreneurs. Each year since 1996, a group of entrepreneurs is invited to campus for a half-day program. Participants both interact informally with students and faculty, and conduct a panel discussion. The breakfast kick-off session is designed to provide one-on-one interaction with the entrepreneur at breakfast.

After the breakfast, entrepreneurs participate in breakout panel discussions, with an overall theme and a moderator. This aspect of the program promotes a comparison in entrepreneurial perspectives and some lively discussion among the panelists. Students and faculty are welcome to ask questions and participate in the debate.

This year’s panel discussions focused on “Women’s Issues in Entrepreneurship” featuring Kary Klein of SmartHire HR, Adelia Mosley of Real Estate Partners, Lynne Goodman of Office Coordinators, Inc., and Merri Mai Williamson of Applications Researchers and “Financing Your Entrepreneurial Business” with David A. Belitz of The Lupton Company, Charlie Brock of Four Bridges Capital Advisors, and Kenneth Dyer of CapitalMark Bank.