Entrepreneur, Leadership Seminar at Northwestern Feb. 20-21

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Entrepreneur, Leadership Seminar at Northwestern Feb. 20-21

Information for Upcoming Seminar

A free seminar on leadership traits of successful entrepreneurs will originate from Northwestern Oklahoma State University-Enid on Thursday, Feb. 20, from noon-8 p.m., and on Friday, Feb. 21, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Diverse entrepreneur and leadership experts will be speaking from Northwestern-Enid, located at 2929 E. Randolph, room 218, over the course of the two-day seminar.

Each presentation will be sent via ITV to Northwestern-Alva’s Industrial Education building, room 131; Northwestern-Woodward, room 145; and the University Center in Ponca City, room 135. This seminar is open to the public.

Northwestern students may receive three hours of course credit by attending the two-day seminar and completing outside work, attendance at the Enid campus is required. To receive course credit students must enroll in the General Business course 4423 by Feb. 19 at 5 p.m.

Special speakers Dr. Tony Woodlief and Bob Dorf plan to lead sessions on different topics. Woodlief will lead “Developing an Entrepreneurial Culture” and “Prosperity Principles.” Dorf will talk about “Ask your customers to help design your startup success: an introduction to Customer Development.”                   

Dr. Jerry Gustafson, professor of business, will provide the introduction at noon on Thursday. The rest of the schedule for Thursday is as follows with time, presenter, company name and topic:

·         12:10-12:45 p.m., Woodlief, State Policy Network, “Developing an Entrepreneurial Culture;”

·         1-1:45 p.m., Dorf, Author of The Startup Owner’s manual, “Asking your customers to help design your startup success: An Introduction to Customer Development;”

·         2-2:45 p.m., Veronica Hunt, owner of Skatetown, “Building a firm foundation for success;”

·         3-3:45 p.m., Mark Allen, Advance-Pierre “The Importance of a Business Plan for the Start-Up Company;”

·         4-4:45 p.m., Deborah Gallander, OSBDA, “Success: What’s Character Got to Do with it?

·         5-5:45 p.m., Cindy and John Greven, owners Broadway Exchange, “Jumping in with both feet: Starting Your Own Business;”

·         6-8 p.m., Dorf, Author of The Startup Owner’s manual “Meet Ten Entrepreneurs Who’ll Make You Laugh…and Prosper.”  This dinner presentation is by invitation only.

Friday’s schedule with time, presenter, company name and topic is as follows:

·         8-8:10 a.m., Gustafson, orientation;

·         8:10-8:45 a.m., Sarah Herrian, owner of Five 80 Coffeehouse, “Starting a Non-Profit Business;”

·         9-9:45 a.m., Woodlief, State Policy Network “Prosperity Principles;”

·         10-10:45 a.m., Jerry Hunter, CEO of US Fleet Tracking, “There Are Opportunities at Every Turn;”

·         11-11:45 a.m., Bruce Jackson, owner of Jacksons of Enid, “Jackson’s Auto Dealership: Selling Cars and Changing with the Times;”

·         12:10-12:45 p.m., Stan Merrifield, owner of Merrifield’s, “The Story of Merrifield’s Office Supply;”

·         1-1:45 p.m., Eli Slater, owner of Taco Bandito, “A Personal Road to Ownership;”

·         2-2:45 p.m., Mike Cooper, Advance-Pierre, “The History and Development of Northern Oklahoma Warehouse Solutions;”

·         3-3:45 p.m., Becky Kroeker, owner of ATS Counseling, “Integrity and Entrepreneurial Leadership;”

·         3:45-4 p.m., Gustafson, “Closing Remarks.”

To make a reservation for the seminar, contact Katie Botts, Northwestern-Enid administrative assistant and event and facility coordinator, at (580) 213-3101 or kebotts@nwosu.edu.

This learning experience is made possible by a grant from the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation, Lew and Myra Ward and the generosity of many other local corporate sponsors.