Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) October 8, 2008
E.Factor, the fastest growing business community for Entrepreneurs and Investors, in partnership with Spelman College will host "The Financial Crisis and Its Effects on Entrepreneurship - the Outlook on the Mergers & Acquisitions Market," a panel discussion designed to educate entrepreneurs on effective business strategies during economic downtimes. The event will take place on Oct. 20, at 6 p.m. at Spelman College, and feature Frederick von Dewall, former General Manager and Chief Economist of ING Group.
The volatility of today's financial markets coupled with the resulting credit crunch has many entrepreneurs looking for ways to reshape their business development strategies. Thought-leaders will come together during "The Financial Crisis and Its Effects on Entrepreneurship - the Outlook on the Mergers & Acquisitions Market" to help entrepreneurs understand the current global business climate and teach them how to survive at the onset of a recession. The event will focus on effective communications and how to turn a start-up into a global business.
"Given the uncertainty of the financial markets, it is more important than ever for entrepreneurs to incorporate innovative growth strategies into their business models," said Rodney Sampson, partner at E.Factor. "During our panel discussion at Spelman attendees will be introduced to proven methods for stimulating and sustaining growth during times of economic instability."
Fred von Dewall, served more than 25 years at ING. He joined NMB Bank from the Dutch Central Bank in 1980, becoming head of Macroeconomics and Marketing and Planning. He has been General Manager and Chief Economist since 1983. Since his retirement from ING, Fred von Dewall started his consultancy firm Von Dewall Advisory & Management, where he advises clients on management (strategic, financial, governance), capital funding, and government related issues. He continues to hold a number of high-profile external positions, including Chairman of the TechnologyRating Institute.
Other panelists include: Tom Pecht, managing director, the Jordan, Edmiston Group, Inc.; Evelyn YK Lee, lead principal and chief executive officer, the Vine Group; Paul Schroder, chief executive officer, Capital C Ventures; Mark Wilson, chief executive officer, Ryla Teleservices; and Joshua Backer, founder of Teachthepeople.com and marketing strategist, SocialCash.
Additional event partners include: Wall Street Journal, Mashable, OHM, Text-A-Day, and Morris, Manning, and Martin.
Registration for the event, which will be hosted in the Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby Academic Center, will begin at 6:00 p.m. The program will commence with a reception and tour of the Spelman College of Fine Art Exhibit, "Dreaming of an Island," a multi-panel Polaroid by acclaimed Afro-Cuban artist María Magdalena Campos-Pons. The panel discussion will begin at 7 p.m. The cost is $40 for E.Factor basic members and $20 for Spelman faculty, staff and alumnae. The event is free for E.Factor premium members and Spelman students. For more information and to RSVP go to http://www.efactor.com/p/events/id=14.
E.Factor is the fastest growing business community connecting Entrepreneurs and Investors online and off. With over 50,000 members and close to 200 Investors connected, E.Factor is the premier destination for the tools all Entrepreneurs need to thrive in the 21st century. Focusing on the online to offline networking as a means for business relationship building, The E.Factor hosts over 100 events a year throughout the world and currently has three physical business networking lounges in Amsterdam and New York City. E.Factor was founded by Adrie Reinders, Marion Freijsen and Roeland Reinders in 2007. Rodney Sampson joined as the fourth partner in 2008. For more information on the E.Factor please go to http://www.efactor.com
About Spelman College:
Founded in 1881, Spelman College is a prestigious, highly selective, liberal arts college that prepares women to change the world. Located in Atlanta, Ga., this historically black college boasts a 79 percent graduation rate, and outstanding alumnae such as Children's Defense Fund Founder Marian Wright Edelman; former U.S. Foreign Service Director General Ruth Davis, authors Tina McElroy Ansa and Pearl Cleage; and actress LaTanya Richardson. More than 83 percent of the full-time faculty members have Ph.D.s or other terminal degrees, and the average faculty to student ratio is 11:1. More than 2,100 students attend Spelman. For more information, visit http://www.spelman.edu.