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Doris Christopher to Share Business Lessons


8/16/2006

Champaign, Ill., August 16, 2006  – An entrepreneur who started an international corporation in her basement using a $3,000 loan offers her business insights in the 2006 V. Dale Cozad Lecture sponsored by the College of Business.

Doris Christopher founded The Pampered Chef®  because she wanted a business that would draw on her professional training as a home economist but give her time with her family. Considering her options, Christopher came up with the idea of selling high-quality kitchen tools by holding cooking demonstrations at customers’ homes. Her first jittery presentation to 15 women assembled at a friend’s house launched the business model that would make The Pampered Chef®  the premier direct seller of kitchen tools sold through in-home demonstrations. Early in her career Christopher, an Illinois alumnae, taught high school home economics and worked for the Cooperative Extension Service. Her education and training and her expertise as a cook and baker gave her the skills she needed to identify good kitchen tools and sell them to others.

Christopher is the author of two books of The Pampered Chef: The Story of One of America's Most Beloved Companies (Doubleday, 2005) and Come To The Table: A Celebration of Family Life (Warner Books, 1999).

The public is invited to hear Christopher’s real-life lessons for small business owners and entrepreneurs when she speaks as the 2006 Cozad Lecturer at 4:15 p.m. on September 12 in 141 Wohlers Hall. Free parking is available in lots E12 and E47 after 4:00 p.m.

The V. Dale Cozad Lecture Series in Entrepreneurship was established through the efforts of Peter and Kim Fox and endowed by gifts from the family and friends of Dale Cozad. The lecture series honors the memory of Dale Cozad and the dedication and entrepreneurial spirit that lead to his success. The Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership, a unit of the College of Business that encourages entrepreneurial activities on campus, is the co-sponsor of the Cozad Lecture.

Nationally recognized as one of the leading business schools, the College of Business at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign has outstanding programs in accountancy, business administration, and finance. The College enrolls approximately 3,000 undergraduates and 850 graduate students in MBA, master’s, and doctoral programs.

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