Series in entrepreneurship explores business ventures

Ann M. Myer will discuss “Realizing the Full Potential of the Venture” at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, in Chase Hall Lounge on Campus Avenue as part of The Bates Seminar Series in Entrepreneurship. The public is invited to attend free of charge.

The session will examine the various growth stages of a start-up business venture, ways to identify them and strategies for meeting any dangers inherent in rapid or moderate growth.

Meyer is president and chief executive officer of Mendelson&Assoc. Inc., in Los Angeles, and T&J Jewelry Inc, a family-owned manufacturer of fine jewelry known for its innovative styles. The company employess 300 part- and full-time employees and distributes its product to major jewelry chains and department stores throughout the United Sates. She earned her bachelor of arts at the University of California at Berkeley and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She serves on the Board of Inner City Arts in Los Angeles. She and her husband, Greg, are the parents of Tracy Leigh Myer, who graduated from Bates in 1998, and Joshua Ryan Myer, Bates class of 2003.

Aimed at both students and community members, The Bates Seminar Series in Entrepreneurship is an integrated set of lectures and presentations covering the entreprenerial process, its history and and manifestations from conception to implementation of a new venture. The sessions focus on attributes of entrepreneurs, their search and assessment of opportunities and the identification and obtainment of resources that transform ideas into new ventures. The series exposes the unique ways that the fundamental characteristics of a liberal arts education can be applied in a variety of new ventures.

The seminar series will rely heavily on Bates alumni, parents and Maine entrepreneurs engaged in a variety of ventures, as well as experts and researchers in the field. The next presentation will be “Sustaining the Vision: Finance and Human Capital,” at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, in the Edmund S. Muskie Archives.

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