Entre Café, a new speaker series sponsored by St. Thomas’ John M. Morrison Center for Entrepreneurship at the Graduate School of Business, will serve as a forum for discussing critical issues in an informal, intimate setting.

Well-established local entrepreneurs will share their insights on topics such as e-commerce, product innovation, growth and franchising. Facilitating the discussions this fall will be Jon Wittmayer, a day-MBA student.

All sessions will be held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Minneapolis campus in the locations listed below. The series is open to all UST students on a first-come, first-served basis and seating will be limited. Questions and discussion will follow each talk. Refreshments will be served.

Frank Sunberg, founder and chief executive officer of Portu-Sunberg Marketing and winner of the Morrison Center’s 1999 John F. Cade Award, will be the first speaker in the series. His talk will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 29, in Room 450. Sunberg will speak on "Product Innovation and Licensing: New Wave Venturing."

Other fall speakers will be:

  • Oct. 6 in Room 460 — John Morrison, founder, Central Bank Group; topic: "From Bootstrap to Growth Financing"
  • Oct. 13 in Room 450 — Carole Howe, founder and president, CBR Inc.; topic: "Explosive Growth in a Retail Environment"
  • Nov. 3 in Room 460 — Denny Wendell, founder, Integral Partners; topic: "High Technology Venturing"
  • Nov. 10 in Room 450 — to be announced

For more information on the Entre Cafe or the center, call (651) 962-4400 or e-mail lsegebarth@stthomas.edu.