Millikin University - Decatur, IL
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The Millikin University Institute for Science Entrepreneurship (ISE) 2013-2014 Speaker Series will continue on Thursday, Nov. 7 with keynote speaker Bruce Nims '72. The presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Lower Level of Richards Treat University Center (RTUC), Parquet Room, on Millikin University's campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Bruce Nims serves as entrepreneur in residence for Millikin University's Tabor School of Business and its Center for Entrepreneurship. In addition, Nims offers consulting services and seminars for local businesses and nonprofit organizations.

Nims is the secretary/treasurer of InDecatur Ventures, LLC, a local venture capital firm, and he serves on the Board of Directors of Soy Capital Bank. Nims is also active in community organizations. He is currently on the Board of the Community Foundation of Decatur and Macon County and a member of the Grow Decatur initiative.

Nims is a 1972 graduate of Millikin University and is retired from a career in information technology. He founded and led Nims Associates, Inc., offering information technology consulting services for 26 years.

The title of Nims' presentation is "Grow Decatur: Social Entrepreneurship + Community Engagement = City Transformation." Grow Decatur is a collaborative development and growth initiative working to transform Decatur, Ill., into a robust community. The presentation will describe how Grow Decatur has, through community engagement, begun Decatur's transformation by identifying the following:

• Decatur's 4 Goals – the type of community in which we want to live
• Grow Decatur's 4 High-Level Metrics – how we will tell we are making the progress we must make
• Grow Decatur's 8 Strategic Imperative Areas – what we must work on to transform our community

The presentation will identify the teams and subteams that are forming around the strategic areas, providing citizens and organizations with the opportunity to participate actively in Decatur's development.

The Millikin ISE Speaker Series focuses on science entrepreneurship and how an increased emphasis on entrepreneurship can fuel economic growth and social well-being. Throughout the academic year, executives from science ventures will be discussing particular aspects of their business and broader topics of interest.

Formed by Dr. David Horn, associate professor of biology, Dr. George Bennett, professor of chemistry, and Dr. Casey Watson, associate professor of physics & astronomy, the ISE serves as a bridge between external clients and faculty and students of Millikin to invent products and provide other high quality services to science companies.

The ISE was originally funded by a Millikin University Performance Learning Enhancement Grant in December 2012. Since that time, the institute received $2,000 in funding from the Coleman Foundation and $5,000 from an anonymous donor to develop the 2013-2014 speaker series.

For more information on the speaker series or the Millikin Institute for Science Entrepreneurship, contact Dr. David Horn at 217.424.6392, via e-mail at or visit
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Millikin University - Decatur, IL
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