Archive for March, 2009

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University of Nevada Las Vegas

Las Vegas, NV

Visiting Las Vegas for an EET event is not a tour stop that will be forgotten easily. If you have been to Las Vegas you will know that working and sleeping are two things that while in Vegas are hard to do. One thing that was not difficult to do was to enjoy the beautiful University of Nevada Las Vegas campus! Spectacular.

Over 175 students stopped in to hear Rahim Fazal and Luke Burgis tell their entrepreneurial story. Luke is new to the tour after working on Wall Street for major banking corporations to now owning his own business Fit Fuel while, Rahim is a veteran tour speaker from the founding of the tour. Both speakers highlighted the importance of learning to meet other people and not being afraid to reach out to try something new. For more information about the event check out the article written by UNLV’s Rebel Yell.

The EET did not hit the jackpot or win a new car while visiting Las Vegas, but hopefully luck will turn around next year! The next stop is El Paso, TX where the temperature continues to rise for the team! The next couple of weeks are going to take the team over 8 states and several hundreds of miles with stops at half a dozen colleges from Texas to Ohio. Many sleepless nights are on the way!

-Denver, Colorado

The Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour bus rolled into the beautiful picturesque background of the Rocky Mountains at 5:00PM Wednesday evening.  Over the last week we have covered 1,200 miles over 20 hours of bus drive time aided by collectively drinking 38 cups of coffee, soda, of course Michael Simmons’ favorite – green tea!   Our next stop is at Metropolitan State College of Denver, home of the mighty Roadrunners.  This is our third event in one week but our energy is high and of course we were ready to “High Five” our way to spreading the word of how students can take actions to achieve their goals.

Michael Simmons delivers keynote.

Michael Simmons delivers keynote.

 

 

Today, the event received “mile high” status beginning with an early interview with Greg Moss at Denver NBC Affiliate KUSA-TV Channel 9.[link to video if possible]  Extreme Tour Co-Founder Michael Simmons did an AWESOME job of promoting the event by giving three great reasons why people should attend:

1. Learn great ideas from other success young people. 2. Learn how you can take your ideas and act on them.3. Win great prizes and cash donated by our favorite tour sponsors like OppenheimerFunds.

We met up with the MSCD Center of Innovation Marketing Coordinator Cindy Busch upon our arrival. Cindy’s energy and passion were infectious. Seems like even she can’t escape the entrepreneurial spirit with plans for her own business – delicious gourmet dog treats that even human can eat!

We also met up with one of our rock star entrepreneurs (Jason Duff) fresh off the plane from Columbus, Ohio.  

Jason Duff shares his entrepreneurial story.

Jason Duff shares his entrepreneurial story.

Jason wowed today’s audience sharing how one of his companies COMSTOR Outdoor is helping small businesses be successful by advertising on his billboards in Ohio & Indiana.   Also, local entrepreneur, actor and TV host Ryan Parker shared how his company Backyard Genius is helping to tell the “untold stories” of countless successful people who have developed uncanny ideas that are making the world a better place to live and work.  Ryan commented on the panel the importance of volunteering as a way to share your talents and meet, connect, and learn others.

All in all, we had a great event at Metropolitan State College of Denver. Tomorrow we’ll be off to Las Vegas (cha-ching!) but you can sure bet we can’t wait to return to Denver again soon.

The team prepares to head to Denver!

The team prepares to head to Denver!

-Hibbing, MN

The fourth stop on the Spring 09 tour brought the EET team to Hibbing Community College (HCC) in Hibbing, MN. Burrr…. the temperature the night before the tour stop reached negative 22 degrees. And the cold in Minnesota wasn’t even our true weather problem! The day we were scheduled to arrive to the event, a Nor’easter hit the east coast dumping over a foot of snow in many places. Michael and Arel’s flights were both cancelled. After the initial scare and jumping airline to airline and city to city, the team eventually arrived in Hibbing with plenty of time to spare before the next day’s events.

Our host in Hibbing, Chuck Lyons, informed the team of Hibbing’s rich entrepreneurial history.  Considering it’s size, it was IMPRESSIVE! Hibbing is home to entrepreneur Carl Wickman, founder of Greyhound bus lines as well as home to singer/songwriter Bob Dylan.

Arel gives the audience a high five!

Arel gives the audience a high five!

At the event, local Minnesota entrepreneur, Ryan Shore, founder of 7 different corporations companies since 2004 joined the team to share his story of past success. He did a solid job illustrating the importance to students not to be afraid of failure.

We’re closing out the event here FAST and boarding the bus for the Rocky Mountains. We have a 16 hour overnight drive tonight so Michael can make a keynote in Cheyenne before our next EET stop in Denver, Colorado. Who knows what travel excitement awaits the team on the way! 

-Mitchell, SD

Wow! What a tremendous extreme tour stop! This was the first time in the Spring 09 semester that the entire EET team got to travel by bus to the event.

The first tour stop with the bus!

The first tour stop with the bus!

Hosted by Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, South Dakota as part of the school’s annual LAUNCH Leadership Conference. The event included a keynote address from Michael Simmons, breakout sessions from Arel Moodie and A.J. Yager.

 

If you have ever traveled to South Dakota you can relate to the way the weather patterns change from day to day this time of year. Two days before the event it was 65 degrees nice and sunny. The morning of the event — freezing rain, sleet and snow, not to mention wind chills in as low as -20 degrees. It was down right COLD! However, this did not stop the EET team from rocking the house with over 160 students in attendance.

Audience rocks the house!

Audience rocks the house!

A key part of the LAUNCH Conference included partnerships from all across the state of South Dakota, bridging the East-West divide. Partners included the Enterprise Institute, Kelly Center for Entrepreneurship at DWU, SDEPSCoR, SD Governor’s Office on Economic Development, SD Small Business Development Center and SD State University Entrepreneurship Program. All of these different organizations teamed together to host the EET team and really provided for a unique tour stop. The team cannot wait to visit SD again soon!

Next, the bus is on it’s way to Hibbing, MN!