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Local group will host free enterprise forum on May 17


Above / In March, John Tillman, Chairman and CEO of the Illinois Policy Institute, addressed the Naperville chapter of the Bastiat Society hosted by Sue Colbert, Stephanie Colbert and Kevin Colbert at their independently-owned family business, Colbert Custom Framing & Art Printing.

Brad DeVos

The Free Enterprise Forum of Naperville, a local chapter of the international Bastiat Society, will host its next meeting from 6 to 8PM on Wed., May 17, 2017, at Colbert Custom Framing in Naperville.

The third presentation in the ongoing series will feature Bastiat Society President and CEO Brad DeVos with a program titled “Peace through Prosperity.”

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Chartered in November 2016, the nonprofit, nonpartisan chapter aims to provide forums for men and women, all ages, to acquire the tools they need to advance liberty and free enterprise. During regularly scheduled forums, attendees have the opportunity to learn from experts about free market issues that help promote a prosperous society.

“We started this local chapter of the Bastiat Society to inspire liberty,” said Kevin Colbert. “Bart Madden introduced me to the idea and I was impressed with the concept to help educate and restore a free enterprise system based on consumer choice, a level playing field and limited government.”

Informative forums focus on free enterprise

To date, the forums have attracted guest speakers Fred L. Smith, Jr., President and Founder of the Competitive Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C. ; and John Tillman, Chairman and CEO of the Illinois Policy Institute in Chicago, a nonprofit think tank that supports limited government and free-market principles.

The nonpartisan Free Enterprise Forum of Naperville is open to anyone who wants to learn, exchange thoughtful ideas about private enterprise and free market economies while adapting to a changing world.

Brad DeVos Brief Bio

DeVos spent the first nine years of his professional life as an engineer before taking the helm of the Society in 2011. His talk will explore the history of the Bastiat Society and how it grew from a single discussion group to now include more than 25 cities hosting well over 100 events each year, becoming the largest network of liberty-minded business people in the world.

DeVos earned a B.S. in Economics and a B.A. in Urban Studies from the College of Charleston, as well as an Associates Degree in Computer Aided Design and Drafting from the ITT Technical Institute.

He is a member of the historic Mont Pelerin Society and a L.E.E.D. Accredited Professional. A graduate of the Atlas Leadership Academy’s Think-Tank MBA program, DeVos also is a member of the Foundation for Economic Education’s Faculty Network, and is an appointed member of the South Carolina Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

DeVos lives on Johns Island, South Carolina, with his wife, daughter, and dog.

Public welcome to attend 6-8PM Wed., May 17

The presentation will be from 6:40 to 7:30PM, followed by Q & A and conversation.

According to Colbert, the group also will explore its future, as well as the role the business community to advance personal liberty, economic freedom and peace.

To help plan for limited seating, advance reservations are requested by emailing info@fefnaper.org.

Colbert Custom Framing & Art Printing is located at 1283 S Naper Blvd.

For more info, visit FEFNaper.org.

To see a listing of all the chapters throughout the world, visit www.bastiatsociety.org.

Editor’s Note: French-born Frederic Bastiat (1801-1850) was an economist and writer opposed to trade controls with a simple philosophy that economic prosperity demands economic liberty.

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