National small-business experts to discuss economic future with local business owners

March 5, 2009 | Events, UToday
By Bob Mackowiak



Northwest Ohio business owners will gain the insight of leading experts to help them through these difficult times during a special program, “The Economic Future of Your Business in a Weak Economy,” Tuesday, March 10 at 5:30 p.m. at the Toledo Club.

The featured speaker will be Patrick E. Rea, immediate past Midwest region administrator for the United States Small Business Administration. Appointed to this position by President George W. Bush in 2003, Rea worked with local, state and regional officials, trade organizations and small business communities.

Rea will be joined by Gene Collins, an executive-in-residence in the UT College of Business Administration. Collins’ 32-year career on Wall Street included running Citigroup’s trading desks for 18 years, where he managed more than $24 billion in assets.

Dr. Thomas Gutteridge, dean of the UT College of Business Administration, will moderate the program.

“Business owners need all the information and insight they can obtain to discover what may be in store for their businesses in the months ahead,” said Debbe Skutch, director of the UT Center for Family Business. “The University of Toledo is an important economic and business resource to the community, and we’re pleased to provide this rare opportunity of direct access to the unique knowledge and expertise of Mr. Rea and Mr. Collins.”

This program, sponsored by the UT Center for Family Business and the UT College of Business Administration Alumni Affiliate, is free but registrations are required and limited.

For more information, visit www.utfamilybusiness.org.