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Simpkins Seminars to Feature Local Entrepreneur


October 15, 2012 - Central Florida entrepreneur Joseph A. Duda, one of the visionary business leaders behind Brevard's Viera community, will be the featured speaker in mid-November at the B.W. Simpkins Business Seminars for Entrepreneurial Development at Brevard Community College.

The seminars will be held on Tuesday, November 13 at 11 a.m. at the Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts, 3865 N. Wickham Road, on the College's Melbourne Campus; and again on Wednesday, November 14 at 11 a.m. at the B.W. Simpkins Fine Arts Center on the BCC Cocoa Campus, 1519 Clearlake Road.

The lectures are co-sponsored by Brevard Community College and Florida Today and are free and open to the public. Reservations are not required.

Duda is the previous CEO of The Viera Company and the retired CEO of its parent company DUDA, which evolved from its beginnings as a fresh vegetable grower and shipper to a diversified land company with a variety of agriculture and real estate operations.

"The Duda organization is a real life example of the American Dream and Joe Duda exemplifies very high standards of personal values and social responsibilities," said Dr. Pat Fuller, the Brevard Community College Economics Professor who also coordinates the College's Entrepreneurship Program which grew out of the Simpkins Business Seminars.

Since 2001 the B.W. Simpkins Entrepreneurial Lecture Series has brought outstanding entrepreneurs to Brevard County to speak about their journey to economic success. Its founder, Bernie Simpkins, is a successful businessman and generous philanthropist with a long history of partnership with Brevard Community College.

For more information on the November lectures call 321-433-5044.