Harvard Business School Conference Coming Up Dust off your business plan and get ready for the 19th Annual Harvard Business School Entrepreneurship Conference.

By Karen E. Spaeder

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Harvard Business School believes that everyone secretly harborsthe desire to start a business. If they're right, they shouldhave a good turnout at their 19th Annual Harvard Business SchoolEntrepreneurship Conference on April 5.

The conference, organized by the Entrepreneurship Club atHarvard Business School, will feature panel discussions, workshops,a career fair for start-ups to hire MBAs and networkingopportunities galore--all great activities for any start-up topursue. But those looking to get serious now about starting abusiness might consider suiting up for the "Battle of theBusiness Plans," in which entrepreneurial hopefuls will havemere moments to present their plans and get a shot at winning up to$5,000. Prizes will be awarded for the coolest idea, biggest marketopportunity, strongest team and best chance of success.

The conference has been a great success in the past--last year,more than 70 entrepreneurs, industry leaders and investorsparticipated in the panel discussions, small group lunches andkeynotes. They expect around 500 attendees this year, according toMatthew J. Turner, an MBA student and one of the chairs of thebusiness plan competition, which he says is attracting nationwideentries.

You must sign up now and register to be considered as an entrantfor the business plan contest. Go to http://www.hbseconference.com for further detailsabout the contest and the conference and to register.

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Karen E. Spaeder is a freelance business writer in Southern California.

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