January 29, 2016 at 10:30am

Economic Opportunity

Millikin University's Institute for Science Entrepreneurship, a signature program of Millikin's Center for Entrepreneurship, will continue its 2015-16 Speaker Series on Thursday, Feb. 4, with keynote speaker Jim Schultz, director of the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity.

The presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Lower Richards Treat University Center on Millikin's campus; the event is free and open to the public.

Jim SchultzIn his role, Director Schultz provides leadership and strategic guidance to the Department's efforts to grow the Illinois economy by encouraging businesses to invest and create jobs, by connecting resources to support entrepreneurs and investors, by positioning the state as a global business destination, and by encouraging top talent to live and work in Illinois.

Schultz oversees programs and services managed by the State Offices of Business Development; Community Development; Employment & Training; Energy & Recycling; Energy Assistance; Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Technology; Film; Tourism; Trade & Investment; and Urban Assistance.

Schultz is a fifth generation Illinoisan, agribusiness entrepreneur, and private equity executive. He gained extensive leadership experience with early-stage capital expansion during his time at Open Prairie Ventures where he successfully led two startups to eventual listings on the NYSE and NASDAQ.

Schultz is a recognized leader throughout the State of Illinois. He has served as Chairman of the Board for Prime Banc Corporation, the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, the Southeast Illinois Community Foundation, and the Effingham County Community Foundation. Schultz also served on the Advisory Board for the Chicago Federal Reserve.

Schultz earned his MBA in Finance & Entrepreneurship from Northwestern University, a Juris Doctor in Corporate Finance from DePaul University, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Southern Methodist University.  

Millikin's Science Entrepreneurship Speaker Series, brought to you by Busey, focuses on science entrepreneurship and how an increased emphasis on entrepreneurship can spark job creation and societal well-being. Throughout the academic year, executives from science ventures discuss particular aspects of their business. In addition, business leaders discuss broader topics of interest. The following is a list of upcoming speakers for the Spring 2016 Speaker Series.

  • Thursday, Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m., Lower Richards Treat University Center

Pete Paulin, 300 Below Inc., CEO

  • Thursday, April 7, 7:30 p.m., Lower Richards Treat University Center

Dan Perryman, President & CEO, HSHS St. Mary's Hospital

  • Tuesday, May 10, 7:30 p.m., Lower Richards Treat University Center

Tim Stone, President & CEO, Decatur Memorial Hospital

The mission of Millikin University's Institute for Science Entrepreneurship is to connect Millikin University, its students, and the greater community to opportunities for personal, professional, and organizational advancement through science entrepreneurship. The institute was founded by Dr. David Horn, professor of biology, Dr. George Bennett, professor of chemistry, and Dr. Casey Watson, associate professor of physics.

The Institute for Science Entrepreneurship   

The Institute for Science Entrepreneurship has received or been pledged funding from 300 Below Inc., Andreas Foundation through the Community Foundation of Macon County, Archer Daniels Midland Company, Brechnitz Group of Raymond James, Busey, Caterpillar Decatur, Coleman Foundation, Decatur Memorial Hospital, John Ullrich Foundation, Millikin University, Parke Warehouses, St. Mary's Hospital, Tate & Lyle, Wild Bird Feeding Industry, Zevacor Molecular, a private foundation, and several anonymous donors to develop the 2015-16 Speaker Series and other institute programming.

Busey is the title sponsor of Millikin University's Institute for Science Entrepreneurship 2015-16 Speaker Series. First Busey Corporation (Nasdaq: BUSE) is a $3.9 billion financial holding company headquartered in Champaign, Ill. Busey Bank, First Busey Corporation's wholly-owned bank subsidiary, is also headquartered in Champaign, Ill., and has 28 banking centers serving Illinois, a banking center in Indianapolis, Ind., and seven banking centers serving southwest Florida. For more information, visit busey.com.  

For more information on the speaker series or the Millikin Institute for Science Entrepreneurship, call 217.424.6392 or visit millikin.edu/InstituteForScienceEntrepreneurship.