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21-year-old entrepreneur teaches students about business

Monday, June 01, 2009   (0 Comments)
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By Karen Kemp, Times Staff Writer

Ben Casnocha was 12 years old when he decided to start his own e-government software company.

The San Francisco native and his friends were unhappy with potholes in the roads and dirty bus seats in their city, and they wanted residents to have a more efficient way to file complaints about government services.

"Had we not acted on that insight, other people would have,” Casnocha told a group of more than 100 students in the Scott Center at Carroll Community College Friday.

Casnocha, the 21-year-old CEO of Comcate Inc., was the featured speaker at a conference called "Catch the Entrepreneurial Spirit,” which was aimed at high school and college students who are considering starting small businesses.

The conference was a new event organized by the college’s Miller Entrepreneurial Institute, a resource center for small businesses, according to Kathleen Menasche, senior director of work force and business development.

"We feel that an entrepreneurial attitude toward life is what all people need to survive in this economy,” Menasche said.

Marlene Titus, coordinator of the institute, met Casnocha at a National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship conference held in Texas last year. She said he had a good message for students who have the ideas and opportunities to start a business but need inspiration. Read story here

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