Archive for March, 2011

Macomb Community College

Red eye to Detroit, just how we like it!

On March 22nd it was back to Michigan for our next event at Macomb Community College. Talk of an impending ice storm didn’t stop students and faculty from filling the auditorium on campus. The folks at Macomb Community College Career Services helped to kick off the event to a full house.

What made our Macomb event so special was our presence of fellow Michigander entrepreneurs, Ian Watts and Ryan Everson. In one of the hardest hit economies, Ryan and Ian have built incredibly successful businesses. Professor Patrick Greek of Macomb University and Don Morandini, the Deputy Director of the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development, joined Ian and Ryan on stage for a panel discussion on how students can get involved in entrepreneurship on campus.

In testimonials of the event, many students mentioned that the Tour was exactly what they needed to kick-start their ideas. One representative from DECA was thrilled to have spent the afternoon at her first Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour event. “This would be wonderful for my students, I wish every single one of them could have joined me today!”

While Michigan’s economy might appear to be suffering, it’s people are definitely full of passion and great ideas. More entrepreneurs like Ian and Ryan just might be what Michigan needs to turn its economy around.

So long “Mitten State”, it is off to Illinois for the first stop on our Chicagoland tour!

(Check out the great EET shout out on Macomb’s website http://www.macomb.edu/)

Last stop in California: Oxnard College

On March 21st, the last day of the Spring 2011 California tour, the Extreme Entrepreneurship team went out with a bang!

In an intimate setting on the Oxnard College campus, the tour brought back Max Durovic and Mike Kenney to spread the Aarrow Advertising message. The duo definitely helped the tour go out on a great note in California. Max and Mike were joined by local entrepreneurs Matthew Graczyk and  Magadalena Duarte. Many inspired entrepreneurs stayed to talk to the speakers and panelists, asking questions about how to get their businesses off the ground. As Max and Mike would say, “you just need to make the jump”.

Well, so long California. It has been awesome! See you in the midwest…

EET at Santa Barbara City College

From one beautiful venue to another…

On March 17th we arrived in Santa Barbara for another picture perfect event. We questioned how anyone finds the motivation to sit in class all day when your campus overlooks the ocean! Our gracious host Melissa Moreno showed us what Santa Barbara had to offer on this, St. Patrick’s Day 2011. As it turns out, not everyone was in class :)

We woke up Friday morning recharged and ready to sprinkle some EET magic on Santa Barbara City College (SBCC). Thanks to funding from Israel Dominguez of Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, the Scheinfeld Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at SBCC was able to sponsor the Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour to come speak to their students about the importance of entrepreneurship in supporting Santa Barbara’s local economy. Dozens of students lined up to receive their awesome EET branded water bottles (thanks to SBCC) and filled the auditorium for what was sure to be another fantastic event.

Lauren Berger, the Intern Queen and seasoned EET speaker, was our keynote for the day. Pumping the audience up with her “Intern Queen” chant, Lauren made an impact that little are soon to forget. She spoke of the importance of internships and what they mean to someone starting their own company. Our panel consisted of Lauren, Dan Goddard, Nick Pedersen, and Amber Sims Hinterplattner. Dan Goddard, of Backyard Bowls, is a local entrepreneur who specializes in selling high quality, healthy food in (you guessed it) bowls! Nick Pedersen developed a revolutionary product called a “Life Cube”: the first full-functioning, shelter facility that fits in a compact box. Designed for fast response to natural disasters or other such emergencies, Life Cube has everything you need to survive up to 2 weeks! Our last panelist, Amber Sims Hinterplattner owns her own web based social media consulting company called All Stages Marketing. Talk about a stacked panel!

Not uncommon of most events, many students stayed after the event to speak one-on-one with Arel Moodie and the rest of our amazing speakers. Students shared their ideas and and passions, saying that the Tour really gave them just the push they needed to continue to follow their dreams!

Ahhh, so long beautiful Santa Barbara.

Last stop on our Spring 2011 California Tour: Oxnard College in Ventura.

P.S. Of course we didn’t leave Santa Barbara without getting a Backyard Bowl! DELISH!

California bound! First Stop: Cuesta College

On March 16th, after 48 hours of travel on plane, train, and automobile (or something like that), the team finally arrived in California! We were welcomed with open arms to sunshine and beautiful rolling mountains. Our first stop on the Spring 2011 California tour was Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo (or SLO as the locals call it). As if the scenery wasn’t fantastic enough, our host was even more fantastic! This was our 3rd year working with Israel Dominguez, Director of the Business and Entrepreneurship Center at Cuesta College. Israel is dedicated to helping both his students and members of the community transform SLO’s economy and he views entrepreneurship as vital to doing this. Having hosted the Tour twice before and knowing what a great opportunity it would be for his students, Israel funded the tour at 2 other California locations. Now that is awesome!

The turnout for EET Cuesta College was phenomenal. 173+ students, faculty, and community members filled the Student Conference Center on campus. Arel Moodie kicked off the day with his usual high energy. Max Durovic, accompanied by his business partner Mike Kenney, delivered an engaging keynote. Owners of  Aarrow Advertising, the world’s largest guerrilla marketing service, Max and Mike are the gruesome-twosome of global sign spinning advertising. Encouraging students to “take the jump”, Max and Mike spoke of their own entrepreneurial journey from 2 kids from California to two of the most successful young entrepreneurs in the country.

Perhaps one of the best additions to this year’s Cuesta College EET event was Aaron Steed of Meathead Movers, a locally owned company utilizing professionally trained student athlete movers. The panel, consisting of Aaron, Max, and Mike answered a slew of questions from the audience, including questions about how to formulate business plans and how to locate funding. Following the event, many of the attendees lined up to talk to Aaron, Max, and Mike about their experiences as entrepreneurs.

So, let’s recap. Beautiful venue: check. Wonderful host: check. Amazing speakers and panelists: double check. Another super awesome Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour event at Cuesta College: CHECK!

Now it is off to Santa Barbara City College…

EET Re-visits Centralina

On February 25th, the EET team re-visited Concord, North Carolina for a day of inspiration at the Centralina Youth Services Summit. Hosted by the Centralina Workforce Development Board (WDB), this day long event proved to be even more fantastic than last year!

The day began with a few words from David Hollars, the Centralina WDB Executive Director, who introduced Arel Moodie. In an attempt to hype the crowd, Arel asked that the crowd of 200+ youth make enough noise to stop traffic at Charlotte’s airport and they definitely succeeded! After a sequence of high-five mania, the students heard from Tora Matsuoka, managing partner of Big Fish Hospitality Group. Tora really drove home the importance of a hard work ethic and inspired students to persevere through tough times. Equally as motivational was the keynote delivered by Arielle Patrice Scott of GenJuice. Arielle’s unique personality captivated the audience and the students were in awe of her amazing accomplishments, all made before the age of 22!

As if that wasn’t enough, our panel consisting of Tora, Arielle, former Centralina Panther’s player Mike Minter and serial entrepreneur/singer Nakayla Griffin brough so much insight to the afternoon. Attendees were raising their hands left and right to have their questions answered by our successful panelists.

By the end of the day, the youth was eager to get one-on-one time with our speakers and panelists. First time attendees could not stop raving about how much they loved the event and second timers were equally as impressed. We had such an amazing time with the youth and staff of the Centralina Workforce Development Board: you better believe we will be back again.

Ahhhh…just another day in the life of spreading entrepreneurship awesomeness!

Thanks again Centralina WDB!

Match Made in Mitchell, SD Launch Leads to Real Connections for Students, 2011

Have you two been sitting together the whole time?

The moderator flashed a look of disbelief.

Ben wanted to bring an organic farm to Mitchell. Seated to his left was Josh, inventor of a method to grow organic crops twice as fast. Match Made in Mitchell.Apparently highway 90 and 37 aren’t the only connecting roads in Mitchell. The journeys of over 300 students,educators, and stakeholders in entrepreneurship, packed neatly in the Sherman Center auditorium,crossed paths at a furious pace.

Dakota Wesleyan University hosted them. Local reporter Don Jorgensen introduced them.EET speakers Nick Friedman and Kathleen Wright inspired them.

Then there was Kara and Natalie who had a business they were mulling called “Skinny Coffee.” They couldn’t contain their joy when experienced entrepreneur Jenna Aukerman spoke on the panel. She is the owner of  Coffee Roasterie & Expresso Bar. Match Made in Mitchell.

Hear their story below.