Retired US Senator Bob Dole, now a special counsel for Alston & Bird LLP, will deliver the keynote address at the Venture 2004 conference.

The annual event, put on by the Council for Entrepreneurial Development, will be April 28 in Chapel Hill.

As many as 21 companies seeking venture capital will be presenting at the conference.

“We are extremely thrilled to have a high-caliber speaker like Senator Dole provide keynote remarks at Venture 2004,” said Monica Doss, president of CED. “The willingness of Senator Dole to share his experiences at this conference speaks volumes to the growing strength of the region, and it also underscores the valuable input and strong commitment provided by CED’s partners.”

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