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Duquesne University SBDC Announces Eat’n Park President as Keynote Speaker for 18th Annual Entrepreneur’s Growth and Networking Conference

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Registration is now open for the 18th Annual Entrepreneur’s Growth and Networking Conference (EGC), hosted by the Duquesne University Small Business Development Center (SBDC). The conference will be held on June 2, 2016 at Duquesne University.

This year’s keynote speaker is Jeff Broadhurst, President of Eat’n Park Restaurants and CEO of Eat’n Park Hospitality Group. A family-owned chain, Eat’n Park Restaurants opened its first doors over 65 years ago, in 1949, and currently employs more than 8000 employees at over 65 locations across Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia. Jeff joined the Group in 1996, when he helped launch Parkhurst Dining Services and was named President of Parkhurst in 2002 before promotion to President of Eat’n Park Restaurants in 2006. He succeeded his father, Jim Broadhurst, as CEO of Eat’n Park Hospitality Group in 2008 and has since grown the company from three brands to seven. The Eat’n Park Hospitality Group now encompasses five restaurant brands and a dining and catering service that serve the Mid-Atlantic region, as well as an online brand which serves all 50 states through online sales of Eat’n Park’s iconic Smiley Cookies.

The EGC will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. on the 4th floor of Duquesne University’s Union Building. In addition to Jeff Broadhurst’s luncheon keynote, attendees will have access to a business building tradeshow and 12 workshops covering topics such as launching a new business, finding capital, building a brand, and social media marketing, among others.

The current conference agenda is as follows:

8:30 - 9:00 a.m.

Breakfast & Registration

9:00 - 9:50 a.m.

Welcome & Morning Keynote
Scot Teachout, President; Peak Performance

10:00 - 11:10 a.m.

Breakout Session I

11:20 a.m. - 12:25 p.m.

Breakout Session II

12:35 – 2:00 p.m.

Luncheon & Keynote
Jeff Broadhurst, President; Eat’n Park Restaurants

2:00 - 3:15 p.m.

Dessert & Tradeshow

3:15 - 4:15 p.m.

Breakout Session III


Admission to the 2016 EGC is $139 for the full day, $79 for a half day, $50 for lunch only, and $50 for students. Click here to register and complete payment, and use promo code SMILEY to receive $20 off the ticket price.

A variety of sponsorship opportunities are available.