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Entrepreneurship Is Focus Of ‘Thinkers’ Talk In Tracy
Manteca Ford owner Phil Waterford, right, was the keynote speaker during Friday’s Successful Thinkers seminar at Kelley Brothers. - photo by HIME ROMERO

Renowned businessman and CEO of Innov8 in Modesto, Dan Costa, will speak in Tracy on Wednesday, Feb. 13 on “Entrepreneurship in the San Joaquin Valley.” The talk is part of Notre Dame de Namur University’s Distinguished Thinkers Forum and is cohosted by the Tracy Consortium for Higher Education. The event will take place in the Grand Theatre at 715 N. Central Ave., Tracy, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. For information on attending, contact Barbara Alvarez at

“We’re excited to present Dan Costa speaking on a topic of vital interest to the Central Valley,” said Notre Dame de Namur University President Judith Maxwell Greig. “He has had extensive experience and success in starting businesses and we’re eager to deepen the discussion of how entrepreneurship can benefit (the) San Joaquin Valley. Notre Dame is pleased to present programs of this sort to make our campus a forum for the community.

Dan Costa was born and raised in Modesto. By age 23, he began his first business ventures as the entrepreneur behind successful restaurants and food companies. With his daughter Kelsie, he then founded Innov8 partners, an investment holding company. Costa has now expanded the business to include gear and clothing for the outdoors and for first responders.

Notre Dame de Namur University’s Distinguished Thinkers Forum is a place “Where great minds meet to explore the most timely and relevant topics critical to our region, nation and world.”

Notre Dame de Namur University’s Tracy campus opened in 2015 and offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees and teaching credentials. Classes are in the evening with flexible schedules for working professionals. Programs include a bachelor’s and MBA in Business Administration. For a full list of Tracy programs, visit

Notre Dame de Namur University (NDNU) is a Catholic, not-for-profit, coeducational institution serving approximately 1,500 students from diverse backgrounds. Established in 1851 by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, NDNU is the third-oldest college in California and the first authorized to grant the baccalaureate degree to women. NDNU maintains a strong commitment to academic excellence, social justice, and community engagement. The university is fully accredited and offers a variety of undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and teacher credential programs. NDNU has a satellite campus in Tracy in the Central Valley, a historic campus on the San Francisco Peninsula in Silicon Valley, and online programs.