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Conference Examines Funding for Technology-based Business

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (April 15, 2008) – “Make the Right Connections” and learn from the experts how to fund technology-based business by attending the TECH 2008 Conference hosted by the University of Central Missouri’s Entrepreneurial Innovation and Development Corporation May 2 at the UCM Summit Center, 850 N.W. Chipman Road in Lee’s Summit.

Joseph M. Kessinger CPA

The morning speaker for the event is Joseph M. Kessinger, C.P.A., chief financial officer of Innovia Medical Center LLC, a start-up company that he co-founded to re-launch EarCheck, a portable medical device that detects ear infections. Kessinger has assisted with or been involved in the start up and financing of nearly 100 businesses and has assisted in raising more than $75 million in equity financing throughout his 25-year career.

Dan Schmitt

Luncheon speaker is Dan Schmitt, co-founder and chief executive officer of Anthony, Allan and Quinn and the founder of The Incubation Factory. By 1998 AAQ had become the 156th fastest-growing company in the United States, according to Inc. magazine’s “500 List.” He also co-founded ABF, which has become the 23rd fastest-growing company on the Inc. “500 List” and number one in Missouri. ABF was sold to WebMD for $260 million.

An Opportunity to Network and Share

The conference also brings together experts who will share their knowledge of the challenges facing business today.  Following the luncheon, four concurrent panel discussions are planned. One panel will discuss community, state and federal opportunities for funding and assistance. Another panel of angel and equity investors will discuss what they look for in putting together successful deals, while a third panel of entrepreneurs will discuss expectations. The fourth panel of experts in technical entrepreneurship will discuss current trends locally and nationally. There will be ample opportunity for networking with presenters and other attendees.

Register Now

Cost for the workshop is $25 per person, which includes lunch. Register by April 28 by calling EIDC at 660-543-8388 or online at

The TECH 2008 Conference is sponsored by the University of Central Missouri, the Missouri Small Business and Development Center at UCM, the Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies and Development at UCM, and startPATH, a non-profit that offers entrepreneurs creating new technology, innovative and life-science ventures.