Date: April 11, 2006
Contact: Eric Matanyi
Phone: (708) 534-4044
Fax: (708) 534-8399
For Immediate Release
University Park, Illinois, April 11, 2006 – Governors State University will host a formal rollout event for the CenterPoint Entrepreneurship Center (CPEC) on Tuesday, April 18, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Center for Performing Arts Lobby.
The event will feature remarks by Jack Lavin, Director of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and Illinois State Senate Majority Leader Debbie Halvorson (D).
The CPEC is part of the Illinois Entrepreneurship Network, established by Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich to assist small businesses with high growth potential in increasing revenues and creating jobs. As a strategic partner to these businesses, CPEC links them with advisory services, networks, capital, markets, skill workshops, and other professional resources essential for success in today’s competitive business environment.
The new services will be coordinated with and compliment business services already being offered by CenterPoint’s Small Business Development Center, Global Trade Center, and 504 loan corporation. Over the past five years alone, CenterPoint’s has helped the region’s businesses obtain more than $53 million in financing and have helped to create and retain nearly 1,200 jobs.
CenterPoint's location on Governors State University’s campus is the result of collaboration between Governors State University and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, which administers the Illinois Entrepreneurship Network. Governors State University is proud of this latest advancement as it continues its efforts to be a primary catalyst for the prosperity, entrepreneurial activity, and economic growth for Chicago’s south suburban region.
Attendance at the event is by invite only. For more information, call (708) 534-4929.