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Cave B Owner Presents at CWU Innovation and Entrepreneurship Speaker Series

ELLENSBURG, Wash. — Vince Bryan, owner of Cave B Estate Winery in George, will make the next featured presentation in Central Washington University’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship (I4IE) Speaker Series. His presentation, titled “Is There a Better Way? INNOVATION,” is scheduled for Thursday, October 17, at 2:00 p.m.in the Student Union and Recreation Center Theatre on CWU’s Ellensburg campus.

Bryan says that his presentation will impress upon students that “You’re not just here [at Central] to practice your craft but to advance it, because if you don’t do it, who’s going to do it?"

Roy Savoian, I4IE executive director, points out that “The speaker series is designed to bring successful business professionals to CWU to share their experiences and perspectives about the varied dimensions of innovation and entrepreneurship, and how they go together. The theme for the October program is Entrepreneurship Development and Finding a Better Way Through Innovation.”

Bryan is a retired neurosurgeon. His long, distinguished career in medicine included developing the BRYAN Artificial Spinal Disc and more than 75 surgical instruments. As an entrepreneur, Bryan founded the Gorge Amphitheatre, and recently developed an apple-harvesting machine. He is now in the process of creating fish passage and transport systems. His CWU presentation is subtitled, “From the Artificial Spinal Disc to the Apple Harvesting Machine and Flying Fish.” 

Bryan’s presentation will follow a panel discussion about “Entrepreneurship Development.” Panel members will include Maury Forman, senior manager for the state’s Commerce Department discussing ways to create an entrepreneurial community; entrepreneur Chris Martin will outline his efforts to start and grow his company, CleanScapes; and CWU student, and founder of the Clockum Craft Brewery in Kittitas, William Reichlin, will share his experience on the front-line as an entrepreneur.

Reichlin took second place in 2013 at the university’s annual Student Business Plan Competition, which is designed to motivate students to pursue their entrepreneurial interests by creating their own business plan and then starting a business venture.

The 2014 Business Plan Competition, sponsored by the Herbert B. Jones Foundation, will officially begin at the I4IE event, which is free and open to the public. Presented by I4IE and the CWU Entrepreneur Club, the event will also be telecast by video streaming at cwu.edu/~its/streaming.

For more information, call 509-963-1954 or e-mail Savoian at savoianr@cwu.edu.

I4IE was established in September 2011 to encourage, develop and facilitate innovative and entrepreneurial ventures through academic programs, research and community outreach. The I4IE serves university faculty, students, and staff as well as others in the Kittitas Valley and throughout central Washington, including those associated with Central’s campuses. 

“I4IE is becoming a key leader and catalyst in central Washington for regional economic development,” Savoian added.

Media contact: Robert Lowery, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-1487, loweryr@cwu.edu

October 7, 2013