WMU News

Techno-phobic? Workshop can help

June 8, 2001

KALAMAZOO -- Entrepreneurs intimidated, bewildered or intrigued by technology can learn how to harness its power at a Western Michigan University presentation Monday, June 11, in Battle Creek.

Joseph S. Lee, chief information officer for the city of Battle Creek, will present "How to Harness Technology for Small Business Needs" from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Western Michigan University Kendall Center, 50 West Jackson. Part of a monthly series co-sponsored by WMU's Women's Business Development Center, the Southwestern Michigan Urban League and the Battle Creek Area Chamber of Commerce, the program is free and open to the public.

In his talk, Lee will discuss the use of technology to generate sales; managing client/customer relations with technology; handling housekeeping chores with software; and exploration of software needs for inventory control, manufacturing and presentations.

Lee assumed his CIO position with the city of Battle Creek last year, after accumulating more than 25 years of experience in the field of information technology. In that role, he leads the planning, development and support of all data processing and telecommunications activities for the city. After earning his bachelor's degree in mathematics from Oakland University, Lee went on to earn a master's degree in industrial and operations engineering from the University of Michigan and an MBA from WMU. During his career he has worked for the University of Michigan; the Upjohn Co., now Pharmacia; and First of America.

WMU's Haworth College of Business established the Women's Business Development Center in 1999 to offer support to female professionals and entrepreneurs through training, problem-solving consultation, current business information and networking opportunities.

Reservations are required. For more information or to reserve a seat, contact Dizzy Warren at the Southwestern Michigan Urban League at (616) 962-5553 or <dwarren@smulleague.org>.

Media contact: Jessica English, 616 387-8400, jessica.english@wmich.edu

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