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JFK University Partners with Heritage Bank for Entrepreneur & Small Business Seminar Series

January 18, 2012

PLEASANT HILL, Calif. – John F. Kennedy University’s Institute of Entrepreneurial Leadership (IEL) has partnered with Heritage Bank of Commerce® to provide a valuable lecture series delivered by powerful, world-class speakers. The seminar series will take place at JFK University’s Pleasant Hill campus located at 100 Ellinwood Way. Guest speakers will include small business sustainability expert Jill Osur, business book author Bill Wiersma, and Dafna Kory, founder of INNA Jam.

The series begins January 17 and runs most Tuesday evenings through March 13, 2012. Topics cover lending and legal aspects of business and an array of more specific industry topics like Green Businesses & Commercializing Government Technologies.

“We believe these types of programs provide small businesses with the opportunity to engage and learn from expert leaders in important and useful topics,” said Dr. Raul Deju, Director of the IEL. “These small seminars are not just lecture based but encourage discussion through question and answer periods. We are excited that Heritage Bank has sponsored the series so we can include local small businesses at no cost to them.”

“As a community business bank, we are continually looking to partner with organizations that support small businesses and encourage local economic growth,” stated Walt Kaczmarek, President and CEO at Heritage Bank of Commerce. “The IEL offers one of the most robust entrepreneurial growth programs available today, and we are pleased to be partnering with them on this new seminar series. The interactive format provides local entrepreneurs with the opportunity to grow and invigorate their business through access to world-class speakers and top business leaders from around the country.”

JFK University’s Institute of Entrepreneurial Leadership program is a high-impact, powerful certificate program designed to provide small businesses and entrepreneurs effective tools to start, grow, and invigorate their enterprises. Through the IEL, entrepreneurs receive hands-on instruction, one-on-one mentoring, and access to investors, advisors, and strategic partnerships.

The Institute is also partnering with the Keiretsu Forum, the world’s largest group of angel investors, and the Contra Costa Small Business Development Center to maximize the strength of its associated Business Accelerator, creating resources to help young and new businesses principally in the East Bay.

“This is another great example of a public-private partnership that is effectively contributing to our local economy by fostering business development and job growth,” Deju added.

About John F. Kennedy University
Founded in 1964, John F. Kennedy University, an affiliate of the National University System, was among the first institutions of higher education in California committed to lifelong learning for adults. Today, the University’s three Colleges and Continuing Education division provide innovative higher education opportunities to more than 2,000 professionals who, despite a full range of life responsibilities, are determined to advance their education and improve their future. The Continuing Education division provides professional development education to more than 2,500 individuals per year. A pioneer of education that integrates theory and practice, John F. Kennedy University and its students touch the lives of more than 30,000 people in Bay Area communities every year through their support of outreach centers and public programs. For more information, visit

About the National University System
The National University System was established to meet the emerging challenges and demands of education in the 21st century. The System is uniquely aligned to connect a diverse population of students to a network of innovative educational programs that are relevant to their lives, careers, and the marketplace and are delivered in a format that respects competing life priorities. Dr. Jerry C. Lee has served as the System’s Chancellor since it was founded in 2001. In addition to John F. Kennedy University, the affiliates of the National University System are National University; National University International; the Division of Pre-College Programs consisting of National University Virtual High School and National University Academy; Spectrum Pacific Learning; and WestMed College. Entities related to the System include the National University System Institute for Policy Research, National University Golf Academy, and the Center for Integrative Health. For more information, visit: