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Steve Hodges

Boise State University Entrepreneurship Day keynote luncheon speaker is serial entrepreneur Steve Hodges, an Idaho Technology Council Hall of Fame 2011 inductee. ITC’s recognition is for innovations from diverse sectors of the U.S. economy: information technology, energy — and fishing.

Steve arrived in Idaho fresh out of the University of Texas, when Hewlett-Packard assigned him to Boise as an electrical engineer in its Disc Memory Division.

After six years at HP, Steve founded Computrol, which designed and manufactured industrial computer controls and marine electronics products. The most successful product was a fish finder called The Bottom Line depth sounder. Computrol was sold in 1987 for $15.5 million to Armstrong International and continues today in Meridian.

Steve then moved into the energy sector. In the last decade and a half, he has founded three Boise-based companies that provide products for electric utilities:

Design Concepts International (DCI), which designed and manufactured power quality reporting systems and automatic meter reading equipment. The company was sold in 1997 to Itron Inc. (NASDAQ: ITRI) for $15 million.

Telemetric, whose design and manufacture of web-to-wireless remote monitoring and control equipment for utilities was sold for $11.7 million to Sensus in 2009.

M2M Communications, which designed and manufactured web-to-wireless remote monitoring and control products and services for a variety of industrial customers. By 2010, M2M evolved into an energy management company, remotely controlling equipment at more than 15,000 industrial sites in the U.S. and abroad, primarily to help reduce peak demands for electricity and natural gas. M2M was sold to EnerNOC (NASDAQ: ENOC) in 2011 for $33.3 million.

Steve is known for his consistently-Hawaiian style, maintaining the ‘ideal’ corporate culture…. so much so that employees follow him from startup-to-startup…. and developing relevant solutions that generate real company value.

Entrepreneurship Day In Idaho

VISION : Creating the future through entrepreneurship®

Start your business TODAY!

When: Friday, March 16, 2012
Where: Hatch Rooms, Student Union Building, Boise State University
Cost: The event is free and open to the campus and community.

The lunch registration is now closed, but you are welcome to attend all of the sessions listed below.

Entrepreneurship Day in Idaho is a full day event that spotlights successful entrepreneurs, offers information and workshops for current and future entrepreneurs and encourages others to act on their entrepreneurial ideas. It is targeted to current and aspiring entrepreneurs in the community and on campus.

Learn to…

  • Launch your own business
  • Keep your customers happy
  • Buy and sell your business
  • Effectively present elevator pitches

Held on the Boise State University campus, it is hosted through a partnership of organizations such as the University’s Center for Entrepreneurship, the Office of University and Industry Ventures, Idaho Small Business Development Center, the TECenter, and SCORE.

Interested in attending sessions? Contact for more information on parking instructions

BSU Campus Map           Student Union Building Map

Schedule: Friday March 16, 2012

“Building Up From Here”

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Want to learn more about the speakers? Click the link to read their bios: Speaker Bios


SBA Young Entrepreneur Series Event

February 6, 2012
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

Thinking about becoming an Entrepreneur?

Come join the Small Business Administration’s  (SBA) and U.S. SBA Assistant Associate Administrator Calvin Goings at the Young Entrepreneur Series Event! A special gathering of leading young entrepreneurs. Listen to a distinguished panel of young business leaders that will share their personal stories, business tips, and lessons learned throughout their journey as entrepreneurs.

Venue Information

 Date: February 6, 2012
Time: 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Location: Boise State University at “The Kitchen”
2203 University Dr. (Southeast corner of Capital & University, Boise ID) 
Parking passes are Available – RSVP by Feb 2, 2012 to:
Darla Nordstrom: (208) 334-9004  ext. 340 or

The Young Entrepreneur event is intended to:

  • Bring together leading young entrepreneurs, youth advocacy organizations and government experts to listen, address critical challenges and formulate public policy measures needed to move the young entrepreneur’s business agenda to the next level
  • Connect young entrepreneurs to each other, the federal government and other economic development resources
  • Engage young people to discuss entrepreneurship
  • Highlight the accomplishments of young entrepreneurs

With youth unemployment twice the national average in many communities, SBA recognizes a need to promote and better support the efforts of young people looking to create jobs for themselves and others. Young Entrepreneurs are a dynamic resource for our national recovery and growth.

This event is open to all BSU Students.

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