Lake Erie College

Painesville, Ohio—In just two short years, Lake Erie College has developed a thriving entrepreneurship program that includes all types of students from farmer’s market owners to horse trainers. The Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour made a stop at this wooded campus on September 24, 2008, to create a forum for the college students to network with one another and to learn from top young entrepreneurs. The activity-filled day also included local high school students and community members that could benefit from an introduction to Lake Erie College’s campus and to youth entrepreneurship. As a way to collect information for their program, the college put a small personalized survey into each attendee’s bag that they filled out and turned in during the event.

The day began with Ohio born and raised, Jason Duff, owner of Community Storage & Properties, Ltd. ( He shared his story of small business ownership beginning with selling candy bars and currently encompassing storage, real estate, and billboard holdings in an energetic key note presentation. Morgan First, co-founder of 1st Publications and MAP BOSTON (, talked about how she didn’t let her challenges—like being dyslexic—keep her from pursuing her dreams of working in publishing.

After a goal-setting workshop, networking breaks, and a panel discussion that included the director of the Center for Entrepreneurship, Dr. Tom Lix, a local entrepreneur, Brad Kleinman, presented a special eMarketing workshop. Brad runs BSK Consulting ( and shared his knowledge of how to effectively use this new media in an hour-long presentation.

By inviting in high school students and community members, Lake Erie College created an event that not only benefited their students but also brought together the community in support of the campus and entrepreneurship.

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One Response to “Lake Erie College”

  1. Jason Duff

    WOW, Lake Eric College rocks – “Get In and Stand Out” is a wonderful testimate to the students and faculty who live/work there. The LE campus is very scenic in the town of Painesville, Ohio near Lake Eric. I learned that they have a nationally recogned Equestrian Program! Cool huh, check it out at:

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