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Office of External Communications

Houston, TX 77204-5017 Fax; 713/743-8199

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 14, 2007

Contact: Richard Bonnin
713/743-8155 (office)
rjbonnin@central.uh.edu

HOUSTON ROCKETS FORWARD SHANE BATTIER
GIVES ASSIST TO UH BUSINESS STUDENTS
NBA Star to Discuss Franchising Opportunities, Announce Program
to Promote Diversity in Franchise Ownership

Houston Rockets basketball player Shane Battier and officials from ServiceMaster Clean will announce a new program designed to promote diversity and encourage minority groups to explore franchise ownership during a student forum March 21 at the University of Houston.

The student forum on franchise opportunities vs. standard entrepreneurship businesses is from 3:30-4:30 p.m. at the Bauer College of Business. Battier, who is a spokesman for ServiceMaster Clean, also will discuss a new partnership to award five cleaning franchises to U.S. residents in 2007. The event is co-sponsored by the Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at the Bauer College of Business.

WHAT: PHOTO OP: Houston Rockets basketball player Shane Battier and representatives of a national franchisor discuss franchising business opportunities with University of Houston Bauer College of Business students
WHEN: 3-3:30 p.m. (media invited for interviews and photographs), Wednesday, March 21
3:30-4:30 p.m., student forum on franchising (media questions prohibited during the forum)
WHERE: University of Houston – Bauer College of Business
334 Melcher Hall, Executive MBA Lounge (take elevator to third floor)
Houston, TX 77004
(Call Chester Jacinto for directions – 713-614-0669)
WHO: Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at the Bauer College of Business and ServiceMaster Clean

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