The Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at California State University, Fresno is celebrating National Entrepreneurship Week with a two days packed with activities designed to nurture the local entrepreneurial spirit.

The fourth annual National Entrepreneurship Week, Feb. 20-27, commemorates the contributions of today’s entrepreneurs and the potential economic impact of entrepreneurship education for America’s youth.

Dr. Timothy Stearns, the Lyles Center director, said, “This special week is designed to honor entrepreneurs and let the whole nation know about the entrepreneurship education programs preparing American youth to carry on the American legacy by becoming self-reliant future entrepreneurs.”

Fresno State’s events begin Wednesday, Feb. 24, when Fresno entrepreneur John Shegarian lectures about his successful electronic recycling business. Stearns and entrepreneurship faculty follow with discussions at a reception about what it takes to start a business.

On Thursday, Feb. 25, there will be a session to assess new ideas, a competition in which ideas are pitched in about the time it takes for an elevator ride and meeting about financing new enterprises.

The Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship has established a reputation for helping turn innovative ideas into successful businesses by helping people through a broad variety of programs and services for entrepreneurs and innovators from elementary school into adulthood.

The center delivers applied learning, professional consulting and managed problem solving.

“The Lyles Center works to bridge the gap between college and the community and has numerous resources to meet that goal,” Stearns said.

Details of Entrepreneur Week activities of the Lyles Center are available online

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