The Center for Entrepreneurship in the John Cook School of Business at Saint Louis University has announced the formation of the Institute for Private Business (IPB).
Jennifer Ehlen, interim director of the center, said IPB was created to advance private business in the St. Louis region and beyond. In addition, IPB will help to correct the imbalanced perception of the role that private business plays in our economic landscape.
"IPB's focus is on assisting the growth and vitality of family and other closely held businesses through training, networking and academic research," Ehlen said.
"Interactive seminars, educational forums, peer groups, newsletters, research studies and other Saint Louis University resources will be offered to IPB member companies."
The first IPB membership year will launch in 2012.
IPB will host four events in 2011 as part of the IPB Seminar Series. The day long events will include morning sessions from 7:30-10:30 a.m. featuring breakfast, dynamic keynote speakers and breakout sessions. Intensive workshops also will be offered from 2-4 p.m.
The programs will be held at the University's John Cook School of Business.
The IPB Spring Seminar Series, "Innovation: It's Not Rocket Science," kicks off Tuesday, May 24, with "The Essential Role of Innovation for Private Business: Lessons and Experiences from Silicon Valley." Stephen Ciesinski, vice president of strategic business development for SRI International, will share SRI's unique process for innovations.
Michael Lebowitz, founder and CEO of Big Spaceship, will discuss "Innovation from Within: Empowering a Culture of Creativity," Thursday, June 23. Big Spaceship is a digital creative agency in Brooklyn, New York, whose innovative culture has been profiled by the New York Times and Harvard Business Review.
Brown Smith Wallace LLC, the second largest locally owned accounting, tax and consulting firm in Missouri, is the IPB Seminar Series Presenting Partner alongside Colarelli, Meyer & Associates, Inc., Clayton Capital Partners and Mercury Labs.
Harvey Wallace, managing partner of Brown Smith Wallace, said the information offered through IPB can be invaluable to businesses.
"Increasingly information, leveraged through technology, is what helps a business sustain growth," Wallace said. "We are impressed by the plans to share, distribute and generate quality information through the IPB program. We are thrilled to see such a focused resource for private businesses in metro St. Louis. And, we are proud to commit ourselves to the success of IPB."
The IPB Seminar Series is open to the general business community and all events are $45 in advance and $55 at the door. A limited number of complimentary reservations are available to SLU faculty, staff and students. To RSVP, visit ecenter.slu.edu. For information or to join the IPB program as a partner or member, contact Jeanne Rhodes at firstname.lastname@example.org or (314) 977-3850.