FORT COLLINS - CSU's College of Business 2013 Business Day on April 3 will celebrate entrepreneurs and others who have succeeded in the face of tremendous obstacles.

The event features a half-dozen speakers as well as discussions revolving around this year's theme, "Defying All Odds."

This year's event marks the 35th year that Colorado State University has hosted Business Day, a student-organized day dedicated to offering the community valuable insight and access to some of the nation's leading business minds.

The event begins 9 a.m. with Chris Hutchins, sourcing partner with Google Ventures and a CSU alum. It closes at 2 p.m. with Colorado outdoorsman and motivational speaker Aron Ralston, the subject of the Oscar-nominated film "127 Hours," based on his book "Between a Rock and a Hard Place."

Ralston amputated his arm in order to escape death in the Blue John Canyon of Utah after an 800-pound boulder pinned his arm against a canyon wall.

Luis Benitez, world-renowned high-altitude mountaineer and leadership development consultant; Dave and Gail Liniger, founders of RE/MAX Real Estate; and Hikmet Ersek, president and CEO of Western Union also will speak. All have overcome obstacles and will share their inspiring stories with students, faculty and staff as well as the Fort Collins community.

All presentations are free and will be held in the Lory Student Center Theater on the CSU campus. For more information, click here http://biz.colostate.edu/newsEvents/Pages/eventDetails/businessDay13.aspx.