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Okoboji Entrepreneurial Institute Shows Students How to Create Their Own Jobs

With businesses still reluctant to hire new employees because of the slow economy, 32 university students from across Iowa will learn about creating their own jobs next week at the sixth annual Okoboji Entrepreneurial Institute.

The institute will be held Aug. 7-12 at Iowa Lakeside Laboratory on the shore of West Lake Okoboji. The students will attend class sessions, workshops, seminars, play a simulated business development game, make presentations before a panel of Iowa entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, and hear about what it takes to build a business.

In attendance will be eight students each from the University of Iowa, Iowa State University, and the University of Northern Iowa, and four from Buena Vista University and Iowa Lakes Community College.

More than 150 students have attended the previous Okoboji institutes and many have gone on to start their own businesses in the state.

This year's keynote addresses will be given by Monica Nassif, a Minneapolis-based entrepreneur who founded and operates the Caldrea and Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day lines of environmentally friendly cleaning products.

For more information on the institute, view the following video:

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