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The 2009 Entrepreneurship Comes to an End

Posted By Russ Johnson, Tuesday, December 22, 2009
What an exciting semester this has been! Snow College students, faculty, staff and small business owners from the community had the opportunity to meet some world-class, successful, Utah entrepreneurs who imparted tons of wonderful information about being a business owner.
 
All of the presenters were so friendly, down to earth, and very generous to give of their time for this project.
 
Already it's time to be thinking of presenters for next fall! I can't imagine how we can top the incredible lineup of presenters we had this semester, but we'll give it a try.
 
We are so appreciative of the NACCE elevator grant which allowed us to present this wonderful seminar series!

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November 30, 2009 - Amy Rees Anderson - MediConnect Global

Posted By Russ Johnson, Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Amy is currently the CEO of MediConnect Global, Inc. (www.mediconnect.net), an online medical record retrieval company with 1,000 employees worldwide.  MediConnect utilizes state-of-the-art web technologies and a patented workflow design to facilitate the retrieval, digitization, and online storage of patient medical records for the health insurance, life insurance, and  legal industries, as well as for consumers.  MediConnect currently has over five million patient medical records in their online repository.

 

Amy serves on numerous boards, including the Utah Governor's Board of Economic Development, Salt Lake City Chamber of Commerce Board, University of Utah Humanities Board, University of Utah Technology Commercialization Board, University of Utah South Asian Studies Board, UVU Business School Advisory Board, and has recently joined the UTC Board of Trustees.

 

In 2008 Amy received the MWCN Entrepreneur of the Year Award.  In 2007, she received the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and was featured on the cover of Inc Magazine for the 2007 Inc 500.  She has received numerous other awards including the "Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award” from the Small Business Administration and "Top 40 under 40” from Utah Business Magazine.

 

She has been featured in such publications as the Wall Street Journal, Inc. Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, USA Today, Fast Company, Business Week, and many other national publications for her numerous accomplishments. 
 
Ms. Anderson's presentation topic was "Innovation and Continuous Improvement"

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November 23, 2009 - Mark Walker - Ivan Walker, Inc.

Posted By Russ Johnson, Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Updated: Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Mark was born February 13, 1960 in American Fork, Utah to Ivan and Colleen Walker, and is the second of four children. He is a 1978 Graduate of Pleasant Grove High School and received his Bachelor of Arts from Brigham Young University in 1988.

 

Mark is the former Vice President of Operations of Walker’s, a company with sales totaling over $125 million back in 2007. He and his siblings helped their father build a chain of convenience stores and a fast food company here in Utah. The family was approached in 2006 by a large company in Texas wanting to buy them out, and they sold in January of 2007. At the time of the sale they were running 24 convenience stores, along with 12 fast food businesses. They were the second largest Wendy’s franchisee in the State of Utah.

 

Mark has served on the Lindon City Council and the Pleasant Grove/Lindon Chamber of Commerce. He has also served on the Phillips 66 National Advisory Council for several years, and as President of the Utah Petroleum and Retailers Association and the Western Petroleum and Marketers Association.

 

He has been married to Tami, the love of his life, for 24 years and is the father of five children. He currently resides in Lindon and is retired but continues to go to work every day. He recently lost his father and is fulfilling a promise to his dad by taking care of his mother.
 
Mark's presentation topic was "Identifying Your Competitive Advantage"

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November 16, 2009 - Mark Burton - International Armoring

Posted By Russ Johnson, Tuesday, December 22, 2009

 Mark F. Burton is the founder of International Armoring Group Holdings, Inc.  He graduated from Brigham Young University in Accounting.  He is a member of BYU’s Founder’s group, and sits on the University’s President Circle. He currently serves on a number of Boards, and is a partner in the Utah Angel investor group.  He has started 14 different businesses, currently has investments in 27 different businesses and has real estate holdings in five different states, which include apartment complexes, resort developments and a hotel.

 

Mr. Burton has received numerous awards including Ernst & Young’s "Entrepreneur of the Year” and CMA’s "Financial Executive of the Year”.  He has been interviewed and featured in over 100 different media stories, including Business Week, Newsweek, Time Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Popular Mechanics, and the Discovery and Travel Channels.  

His hobbies include collecting automobiles, Texas art, 19th century coins, and travel.  He is married to the former Brenda Hodges and has 5 children and one grandchild.

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November 9 - Doug Barton - Mid-Utah Radio

Posted By Russ Johnson, Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Updated: Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Doug Barton was born and raised in Manti, Utah.  As a young man he worked on his father's farm and sheep ranch.  He always had an interest in electronics and broadcasting, and at a young age began experimenting with transmitters, antennas, and audio equipment. He built a low-power AM Radio Station in his basement bedroom, which later was given to Manti High School for student training.

 

Doug graduated from Snow College where he was an announcer and engineer for KSNO-AM, the campus radio station. After returning from an LDS Mission, he attended BYU majoring in Broadcast Communications, and worked for local Utah County radio stations KONI, KIXX, KOVO, KBYU-FM, and KBYU-TV.  While attending BYU, he returned to Sanpete County on weekends and built KEPH-FM (later to become KAGE-FM at Snow College) and low-power FM Radio Stations for Manti, North Sanpete, and Gunnison High Schools. Doug completed graduate work at BYU then was a faculty member for two years, teaching TV and radio production courses.

 

In 1975 he built KMTI-AM in Manti and returned to his home town to fulfill his childhood dream of owning and operating a small-market radio station.  In 1980 KMXU-FM (now KLGL-FM) joined KMTI-AM, and in 1995 Doug and his wife purchased KSVC-AM and KKWZ-FM (now KCYQ-FM) in Richfield.  Since then, KMGR-FM and KMXD-FM have also been added to the broadcast company, bringing the total to six radio stations. 

 

Doug has owned and operated his broadcast company for over 33 years and has balanced his business ventures with community and church service.  He currently serves on the Snow College Board of Trustees, is a former Stake President of the Snow College First LDS Stake, and is President of the Mormon Miracle Pageant.

 

Doug is married to Marianne McArthur from St. George, Utah.  They have eight children and four grandchildren.  Two of his sons and one son-in-law are involved in the day-to-day operation of the radio stations.
 
Doug's presentation topic was "The Importance of Customer Service"

 

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November 2, 2009 - Paul Christensen - Natural Trends

Posted By Russ Johnson, Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Paul Christensen is cofounder and President of Natural Trends LLC.  Formed in 1999, Natural Trends is a leading supplier of health and wellness products to the corporate promotional market.  Named one of the 10 fastest growing companies in their industry in 2007, their lead product categories include hand sanitizer, lip balm, and sunscreen, along with other personal care products, all of which are imprinted with corporate logos for use in advertising and promotional campaigns.  

A native of Richfield Utah, Paul is a graduate of  Snow College class of 1982, where he met his wife of 27 years, the former Janice Wride.  He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing from Utah State University where he also served as the President of the USU chapter of the American Marketing Association.  Business leaders from the community were frequent speakers at the chapter meetings, and it was here that Paul first discovered his entrepreneurial spirit while listening to their experiences.

 While spending the early years of his career in outside sales, Paul discovered a small start up company seeking a sales and marketing manager.  He recognized it as an exciting "intrepreneurial” opportunity—a chance to utilize entrepreneurial skills inside of someone else’s company.  The firm, known as Data Pad, had just invented the world’s first mouse pad with a hard plastic top.  They soon found they could print corporate logos and messages on the mouse pad allowing customers to capture advertising space on the desktop.  He introduced the world’s first promotional mouse pad to the ad specialty industry in 1989.  Six years and many millions of mouse pads later, the concept had spawned numerous companies and become a mainstream promotional product.  Following a merger and replacement of the management team, Paul and an associate, Doug Larsen, transferred the same concept to American Covers, a leading retail supplier of computer accessories, where after five years, sales of their goods for promotion soon rivaled the base retail business.

 Having developed significant expertise in the promotional products industry, Doug and Paul decided it was time to build something of their own as true entrepreneurs, and in 1999, with the assistance of a third financial partner, they identified an underserved niche and formed Natural Trends, LLC.  The company has invented several unique and proprietary products for which it holds numerous patents.  Today it serves clients nationwide, also exporting goods throughout Canada and Europe.
Paul's presentation topic was "The Advantages and Disadvantages of Owning a Business".

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October 26, 2009 - Josh Coates

Posted By Russ Johnson, Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Updated: Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Josh Coates began his career in distributed systems research at the University of California, Berkeley and Microsoft’s Bay Area Research Center. He specialized in high performance and parallel disk and network I/O. In 1998 he graduated with a degree in Computer Science and began working at Inktomi Corporation developing network caching software.

In 1999 Josh founded Scale Eight, which developed scalable storage software technologies. Scale Eight’s customers included Microsoft, Viacom and Fujitsu. Scale Eight closed operations in early 2003 and sold its intellectual property to Intel Corporation. Josh then moved on to the non-profit Internet Archive. Josh directed engineering and operations and was tasked to build out their Petabyte data center in San Francisco.

In 2004, Josh relocated his family to Highland, Utah. The following year he founded Berkeley Data systems (Mozy.com.) which was an online, data, and remote backup service. Within two years Mozy had

acquired over 300,000 customers, including over 8,000 business contracts. In October of 2007 Mozy was sold to EMC for $76 million and is now run as a wholly owned subsidiary of EMC.

In 2009 Josh left EMC/Mozy/Decho and now volunteers as an adjunct instructor in the Computer Science Department at Brigham Young University.

His honors and awards include: Utah Entrepreneur of the Year, UVEF 2007, vSpring Capital Top 100 Venture Entrepreneurs 2005-2007, Editorial Advisory Board of ACM Queue Magazine (2002-2004), Task Force on Digital Repository Certification (RLG / NARA) (2003-2004), Carrot Capital (Business Plan Challenge Judge 2001-2003), MIT Technology Review’s Top 100 Young Innovators 2002, and Red Herring’s Top Ten Entrepreneurs, 2001

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October 19, 2009 - Patrick Byrne - Overstock.com

Posted By Russ Johnson, Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Updated: Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Patrick Michael Byrne is chairman and CEO of Overstock.com, Inc., a Utah-based Internet retailer that has been publicly traded since 2002. Under Patrick’s leadership the company’s annual revenue has grown from $1.8 million in 1999 to over $800 million in 2008. 

 

Patrick received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and Asian studies from Dartmouth College, a master’s in philosophy from Cambridge University as a Marshall Scholar, and a doctorate in philosophy from Stanford University. He has taught at the university level and frequently guest-lectures on business, the Internet, leadership, and ethics.

 

Before founding Overstock.com, Patrick served as chairman, president and CEO of Centricut, LLC, a manufacturer of industrial torch consumables, then held the same three positions at Fechheimer Brothers, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway company that manufactures police, firefighter, and military uniforms.

 

In 2001, Patrick began Worldstock.com, Overstock.com’s socially responsible store for products handcrafted by artisans from developing nations and rural areas of the USA.  To date, more than $30 million has been returned to Worldstock’s artisan suppliers.

 

A self described "classical liberal,” Patrick believes that our nation’s future depends primarily on a sound educational system and a healthy capital market. Towards those ends, Patrick serves with Rose Friedman as co-chair of the Milton & Rose Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, supporting legislative reform to bring educational choice to parents.  Patrick has also founded 19 schools internationally that currently educate more than 6,000 combined students. 

 

In 2005, Patrick began a vigorous campaign against corruption in our capital markets through securities manipulation.  His stance quickly caught the attention of Wall Street analysts and reporters and remains a point of high controversy today. 

 

Patrick has a black belt in tae kwon do and once pursued a career in boxing. After surviving cancer, he cycled across the country four times.  His last ride, in the summer of 2000, helped raise awareness and record-breaking funds for cancer research at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

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Fall 2009 class completed...20 graduates

Posted By Nancy Kramer, Thursday, December 17, 2009
We finished the class this past week...we ended it with a bang and a celebration.  The students were happy, inspired and as they came up to receive there certificate they gave speeches like it was the Academy Awards.
 
The evaluations were good and the gave us some guidance on how to modify the spring class.  The spring class is already full and we have a waiting list.  The class does not begin till February.
 
We have a new teacher for the spring which I think will bring new blood and a fresh approach.
 
I found out some good news from DCFS.  Effective April, 2010, they are requiring all home based child care providers who want to become licensed to receive 15 hours of training before they get their license.  I am getting this curriclum  approved to count toward those 15 hours.
 
Yahoo..we are charging $29 this Spring term and by Fall 2010 we hope to be up to $50. We are on our way to sustainability.
 
Have a great holiday all.  Nancy
 

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October 5 - Al Switzler - VitalSmarts

Posted By Russ Johnson, Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Al Switzler is a co-founder and co-chair of VitalSmarts, an international training and consulting firm that has trained over two million people worldwide and worked with two-thirds of the Fortune 500. Al and the co-founders of VitalSmarts, Joseph Grenny, Kerry Patterson, Ron McMillan and Mike Carter, have been inducted into the Ernst and YoungEntrepreneur Hall of Fame.

Mr. Switzler is co-author of three New York Times bestsellers: Influencer, Crucial Conversations, and Crucial Confrontations.

He has served on the faculty of several universities including The University of Michigan, Brigham Young University, Auburn University, and The University of Kentucky. Each of these institutions has recognized Al with awards for innovation and outstanding teaching.

An innovator in corporate training and organizational performance, VitalSmarts helps teams and organizations achieve the results they care about most.

With award-winning training products based on more than 30 years of ongoing research, VitalSmarts has helped more than 300 of the Fortune 500 realize significant results using a proven method for driving rapid, sustainable and measurable change in behaviors. VitalSmarts has been ranked twice by Inc. magazine as one of the fastest-growing companies in America and has taught more than 2 million people worldwide.

Mr. Switzler is a warm, down-to-earth person who definitely has an easy, effective way of communcating with people. His presentation was insightful and humorous. At lunch following the presentation, we also learned that he is an accomplished cowboy "pote" and we were charmed when he performed one of his original "pomes" for us from his CD "Cowboy Pomes".  Surprisingly, he has also composed charming lyrics and melodies for his CD, "Grandad's Lullabies"

www.vitalsmarts.com

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October 12 - Jari Davis - Meditec.com

Posted By Russ Johnson, Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Updated: Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Meditec.com is an online training site for medical transcription, coding etc. Jari Davis, founder and CEO, is an extraordinary trailblazer: She trained staff and set up a complete program for abstracting, amalgamating, processing and reporting statistical medical information for the World Health Organization (WHO ) and various NIH federal grants to the University of Utah medical center.  She co-developed the first tumor registry program in Utah, was the first Certified Medical Transcriptionist (CMT) in Utah, and the company she founded, was one of the first companies to deliver  training on the Internet.
 
By recognizing a need in the medical area, she not only made a place for herself in the business world by at first meeting that need through transcribing medical notes at home, but she went on to create Meditech, Inc., a medical transcription company providing out-source transcription services for hospitals and physicians, and remains its President and Chief Executive Officer. She developed innovative systems to outsource dictation and transcription, management, sales, and the development of training processes for medical transcriptionists. All of this was long before mothers in the workplace were socially accepted.
 

In 1979, her company provided one of the earliest versions of online timeshare billing and patient management services to doctors and hospitals for remote applications. The company now added medical billing, coding, consulting, and practice management to its services repertoire. Meditech’s exposure to this type of service and the various software deficiencies in its integral function ultimately led Ms. Davis to develop the schema for a complete patient information, tracking, accounts receivable, and ad hoc reporting system, TRIAGE. The software Meditech developed was successfully used for existing Meditech clients and worked very nicely for a complex multi-year development program contracted by Meditech with the Utah State Department of Health to track and bill for special needs patients, as well as accumulating sufficient data to report to departments and legislators to aid in budgetary considerations. The Meditech software, TRIAGE, was a big hit and was subsequently sold to medical users with the aid of IBM.

In the early 1990s, a staff member of Meditech insisted the Internet would initiate very fundamental changes to the way the world worked, including online education and suggested the training be formalized and sold on the Net. Though not entirely convinced, Ms. Davis authored the company’s educational training products to deliver online training protocols, and Meditec.com was born, one of the first companies to deliver online training on the Internet. Today, Meditec.com provides training programs for medical transcription, coding, billing, practice management, and legal programs. These training programs are used internationally and are considered cutting edge methodologies.
 
She presented some excellent information with a great sense of humor. What a terrific addition to our Entrepreneurship Seminars!

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Student Enrollment Grows

Posted By Russ Johnson, Wednesday, September 30, 2009

In our continued efforts to increase enrollment in this class, we explained (through email and posters) the opportunity to sign up for two credits, and continued promotion included a contest for students to recruit a friend. As a result, at four weeks into the semester there are 71 students enrolled for 98 credit hours.

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September 28 - Alan Hall - MarketStar

Posted By Russ Johnson, Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Updated: Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Alan E. Hall was the founder and is chairman of MarketStar Corporation, a global outsourced marketing and sales company with a focus on assisting high technology companies increase sales through the small to medium business sectors. The company employs several thousand people and generates billions of dollars in sales for its clientele.  MarketStar is now owned by Omnicom Group (OMC). 
 
 Mr. Hall is also the founder and chairman of Grow Utah Ventures, a not-for-profit entity with a mission of stimulating economic development through entrepreneurship.
 
Mr. Hall, an angel investor, has multiple investments in emerging Utah technology companies.  With partner Greg Warnock, he recently established Mercato Partners, a growth equity venture capital firm.  Its focus is to invest in high growth technology companies that need additional funding and expertise for marketing and sales.
 
This gentleman, a multi-millionaire, is as warm, genuine, and down to earth as you can get.  No wonder he is so succesful. His presentation was very interesting, clear and filled with great, useful information. He talked about how important it is to first know what potential customers want, to know their demographics so you can identify the potential marketing area, and to then research and understand the competition of the potential product before any actual product/service decisions are made. This is SO important for budding entrepreneurs to know! Sometimes when these areas are thoroughly explored, the information gleaned helps entrepreneurs understand that what they thought might work really won't work. And knowing that is as important as anything!
 
GREAT speaker! GREAT presentation!

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Interest Increases

Posted By Russ Johnson, Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Updated: Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Community member attendance has increased during each of the three presentations thus far, and they have had positive after-class interactions with the presenters.

Snow College President, Scott Wyatt has been in attendance at one of the three post-presentation lunchs. Kevin White, director of College Advancement, has been in attendance at two of the three post-presentation luncheons, opening relationship development with potential future donors.

Four to six students enrolled in the class entered The National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship Essay Competition.

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September 21 - Dave Checketts - Real Salt Lake Soccer

Posted By Russ Johnson, Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Updated: Wednesday, September 30, 2009
We are so fortunate to have been able to get such a successful Utah businessman to present for our Entrepreneurship Seminar Series.

One of the most heralded sports, media and entertainment executives, Mr. Checketts currently serves as Chairman of SCP Worldwide (SCP) this fast growing company. The company acquired the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League, Scottrade Center and Kiel Opera House.  In 2004, SCP acquired the twelfth Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise launching Real Salt Lake. SCP also owns sports-talk radio station KALL 700 AM, “The Zone”, also in Salt Lake City,  has a controlling interest in Running Subway, an entertainment production company, and this year acquired Tupelo-Honey, a heralded media production company. In addition, SCP has a long-term marketing partnership with world renowned soccer club Real Madrid, and also owns exclusive multi-platform rights to the prestigious 2010 South American World Cup Qualifying tournament matches. He is Governor of the New York Knicks (NBA), Rangers (NHL) and Liberty (WNBA.  Now THIS is a man who definitely has leadership skills that have served him well!
 
His presentation was so interesting and he talked about many leadership skills that would serve people well as they consider or enter the world of entrepreneuship.
 
Student response regarding the Dave Checketts presentation…

• "… taught us some essential leadership skills including: believing in yourself, having a certain sense of poise and calm, the ability to inspire others, be competitive, create trust and raise capital. If I follow these things, I believe that I will become a successful business man."

• "… you need to have a passion for your business and spend money. I really enjoyed listening to his presentation he made me want to really go out and start a business."

• "… a better understanding of how important research is and how to do it. It was because of his research that he was so successful."

• "… the definition of wealth is having control over your own time. I really enjoyed this presentation, and have over a page of notes that I can use to reflect on for my life."

• "… inspired me to keep going on with school, no matter how hard it might get."

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September 14 - Kristin Murdock - Cow-Pie Clocks

Posted By Russ Johnson, Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Updated: Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Now this was a fun presentation! Kristin Murdock explained how her business grew from a family outing when she found a ton of dried cow pies in a field, noted their interesting shapes, and wondered, "Now what could I do with these?" She began making cow-pie clocks as gag gifts for friends. A friend of Donny Osmond showed him one of the clocks, and he showed it on "The Donny and Marie Show", and from that moment, she was in business!
 
She went from paying her children, neighbors and high school kids to assemble them to a full-fledge bonifide business. The word kept spreading, the orders kept coming in, and her business has boomed for nine years. She expanded into cow-pie awards for various sports activities, to a line of greeting cards (an exclusive agreement with Leanin' Tree), key chains, other gag gifts such as "a chicken on a chain" which sells like hot cakes at the National High School Championship Rodeo every year, and even cookies! She is always looking for new opportunities.
 
She was a charming, enthusiastic speaker and the audience loved her. Kristin draws no salary from this business, but uses it to help others through charitable gifts for those in need.
 
Student comments regarding the presentation:
• "…we don't need to know everything, hire someone who is good at what they do and just have them run that part of the business."
 

• "I think if she can do [it,] I can do it."

• "…not everything works. if you fail, try again."

• "Awesome speaker!"

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August 31 - Tim Hunt - Go Natural CNG

Posted By Russ Johnson, Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Updated: Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Our first seminar presenter was a great success! He gave an excellent presentation on pro-forma financial statements and had excellent, detailed examples, which he offered to send to us for student use.
 
Student comments about the presentation: 
• "I … left with a feeling of hope of that I could do something great."

• "I also thought it was particularly useful the idea of getting customers BEFORE manufacturing the product so you don’t waste time or money on something nobody is going to want anyway."

• "I believe that this will help me when I start out with my own photography company."

• "I guess the most useful thing I learned is that I really need to focus on my terms and vocabulary when taking my business classes. I wish I could [have] understood what he was talking about. I recognized a few terms. I liked how he had all the spreadsheets for all his different business accounts that showed how successful each one was [going] be."

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The Interest Builds

Posted By Russ Johnson, Tuesday, September 29, 2009

After initial promotion of this new Entrepreneurship Seminars class, we have 53 students enrolled for a total of 53 credits hours.

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August and September Update

Posted By Susanna B. Spaulding, Thursday, September 17, 2009
Updated: Thursday, September 17, 2009

Colorado Mountain College’s 2009 Elevator Grant program of mini-grants to student entrepreneurs is complemented by the college’s student business incubator program sponsored by the Leadville campus. The Timberline Campus Student Business Incubator is housed in an annex of one of Leadville’s historic homes built by Horace Tabor in the late 1800s. Entrepreneurial students from the local high school and the college are eligible to apply for occupancy.

Over the summer, the college staff installed three modular office spaces with bookshelves, desks, chairs, and file cabinets. In addition, the incubator has a shared conference area with a business resource library. Each office will have a computer with a wireless connection and the student tenants will share a printer/fax. The computers and wireless connection will be installed by late September.

The next round of mini-grants using the remaining Hughes funds will take place in October 2009. As we did in April 2009, we will have an elevator grant competition when entrepreneurial students pitch their business idea to the Advisory Council of the college’s Entrepreneurship Program. We will award three grants of $500.00, which will complete the approved utilization of the Hughes funds. We expect these student mini-grant recipients to be the first tenants of the Timberline Student Business Incubator.

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August Update

Posted By Bogusia Wojciechowska, Friday, September 11, 2009

Meetings with clients: BHCC graduate for producing & selling music CD, BHCC student starting own construction business & enrolling in entrepreneurship option, BHCC student starting own event planning business, community member on entrepreneurship academic programs & entrepreneurship as career choice)

·        Researched best practices for entrepreneurship centers -- client management, print materials and offerings.  Meeting set up to meet with director of Enterprise Center at Salem State, conversations with SBA, Center for Women & Enterprise.  Created 1-page resource sheet and working to obtain copies of entrepreneurship guide to hand out to clients.   

·         Continued work on teaming up Entrepreneurship students and NFTE high school students through service learning

            Charlestown Retail event planned for September 23 -- flyer created and distributed, speakers secured

·        BHCC selected by MA State Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship to host entrepreneurship speaker series

·         Secured Friendys, Snip-Its and Fantastic Sams for October 21st franchising event.  Working to secure on more franchisee -- outreach to 99 Restaurants, Papa Ginos and Cold Stone.
 
Global Entrepreneurship Week Planning going very well.  Here is the schedule to date:
 

Global Entrepreneurship Week
Sponsored by: The Community Center for Entrepreneurship

Bunker Hill Community College, November 16 – 20, 2009

(draft as of 9-9-09)

 

 

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16TH

12:30 – 2:30pm 

“From Green Innovator to Green Entrepreneur,” Keynote Speaker, Sushil Bhatia 

Executive in Residence, Strategy and International Business, Suffolk University, Inventor of the Glue Stic and Decopier

 

2:00 – 7:00pm                   

Green Marketplace

Shop products from local entrepreneurs and artisans who use green materials and embrace green business practices.

 

6:00 – 8:00pm

“Art Gone Green, “  Art Gallery Reception

 

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 17TH

6:00 – 7:00pm
Speed Networking (TBD)

Networking even for students, local entrepreneurs and businesspeople

7:00 – 8:30pm                   

“Legal Implications for Entrepreneurs,” McCullough, Stievator & Polvere, LLP  

Discussion of legal considerations for small business owners and legal issues related to going “green.”

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18TH

9:30 – 1:30pm, Main Lobby

Job Fair

 

1:30 – 2:30pm

John Pepper, Founder & CEO, Boloco (www.Boloco.com), 1st green certified chain restaurant in N.E.
Discussion of challenges of embracing green business practices and how it has helped make Boloco  a success. 

 

6.00 – 8.30 pm

“Immigrant Entrepreneurs,” Gary David, Bentley University

 

 

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19TH

12:00 – 2:30pm

Panel Discussion: “Going Green: Social Responsibility, Sustainability and Profitability”

Panel includes Dan Curtin, zipcar



FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20TH

10:00 – 1:00pm

Young Entrepreneurs Alliance – Business Plan Rehearsal

The Community Center

for Entrepreneurship

at Bunker Hill Community College

CHARLESTOWN RETAIL BUSINESS OWNERS:

Please Join Us

The Community Center for Entrepreneurship (CCE)

at Bunker Hill Community College

and the Charlestown Retail Organization (CRO)

would like to cordially invite you to join fellow

Charlestown retail business owners to discuss the

state of retail business in Charlestown over breakfast.

The CCE and the CRO are looking forward to

learning more about how we can support

the Charlestown retail business community.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

7:00 – 9:00 a.m.

Bunker Hill Community College Charlestown Campus

A300 Lobby

250 New Rutherford Avenue

Boston, MA 02129

Sponsored by:

The Community Center for Entrepreneurship at Bunker Hill Community College

and the Charlestown Retail Organization

RSVP to

cce@bhcc.mass.edu or 617-228-3224 by September 16, 2009.

Dear Charlestown Retail Business Owner:

The Community Center for Entrepreneurship

(CCE) at Bunker Hill Community College cordially

invites you to join fellow Charlestown retail

business owners to discuss the state of retail

business in Charlestown over breakfast.

The CCE is looking forward to learning more

about how we can support the Charlestown

retail business community.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

7:00 – 9:00 a.m.

Bunker Hill Community College

Charlestown Campus

A300 Lobby

250 New Rutherford Avenue

Boston, MA 02129

Sponsored by:

The Community Center for Entrepreneurship

at Bunker Hill Community College

RSVP to

cce@bhcc.mass.edu or 617-228-3224

by September 16, 2009.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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Oh, those entrepreneurs...

Posted By Dorothy Duran, Tuesday, September 08, 2009
Our Entrepreneur-In-Residence (EIR) worked diligently in June and July, reaching out to faculty and staff, and doing counseling sessions with local business owners. Unfortunately, his time has been over-booked by a client in crisis, and he had no time in August to spend on campus.
 
He'll be back on campus next week and ready to meet with business instructors, classes and individual students. We remain committed to this process and hope to post numbers of visits and hours spent soon.

Tags:  entrepreneurial students  entrepreneur-in-residence  entrepreneurship 

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Eship conference and Truman elevator grant

Posted By Nancy Kramer, Thursday, August 27, 2009
The Daily Herald (Chicago suburban paper) interviewed Mike H and Donna D re the eship conference and city colleges programs
 
 

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Looking forward to Fall Semester

Posted By Nancy Kramer, Thursday, August 06, 2009
Lenore and I got together to plan for the fall session.  we are dividing and conquering the various tasks that are required.  The class has 20 students enrolled so we closed it.  Only 3 people from the summer program enrolled for the 12 week program...that could be a problem.
 
We have found offering a free class reduces the level of committment of the student.
$$ will will attached for the spring offering.
 
Lenore and I are excited to get started.  Its a learning experience!  

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Childcare class completed

Posted By Nancy Kramer, Wednesday, July 01, 2009
The class finished last nite.  We had about 10 students complete the class. The evaluations were good. The following comments were found on the evaluations:   "we liked the energy of the instructors"  More student involvement is needed. 
 
It was a great taste of whatis to come.  We covered 3 modules in the child care class.  The various  hats you wear as an antrepreneur, marketing of your child care center which included 2 guest speaker who own home based childcare businesses. The final session was on DCFS, food program and revenue and cost projections.
 
I believe many of these students will complete the 12 week program which begins Sept 22, 2009
 
Happy 4th   NK

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1st class

Posted By Nancy Kramer, Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Last night we had our 1st of 3 sessions.  There are 15 students registered.  A couple of students  already have their associate degrees and most are interested in starting a home based child care center.
 
We introduced concepts and Lenore (co-facilitator) shared many resources and experiences with the students.  Lenore really brings a reality to the class and the students really appreciate
her insights. 
 
Excited about next week when we bring a panel of child care providers to the share there insights.  NK

Tags:  Students are excited  Truman  Truman College  Truman Collge 

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