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More than 500 high school and college students aspiring to become entrepreneurs learned what it takes to bring their career passions to reality during a high-intensity entrepreneurship seminar held at Daytona State College on Wednesday, Nov. 13.
Sponsored by Daytona State’s L. Gale Lemerand Center for Entrepreneurship and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), the Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour that made a stop at Daytona State’s Mori Hosseini Center featured top young entrepreneurs who shared their insights on how they became successful and encouraged attendees to plan, prioritize and pursue their vision.
Among them was keynote speaker Michael Simmons, founder of Extreme Entrepreneurship Education and best-selling author of the book The Student Success Manifesto, who spoke about how he launched his first business, Princeton WebSolutions, when he was 16 years old. That experience led to other endeavors and multiple awards as one of the nation’s top young entrepreneurs.
Simmons told the group that to be successful in business, one has to be willing to take risks. “Pain and failure can be your best teachers,” he said. “But it’s also about building relationships. Surrounding yourself with people who share your values, that is what is going to create opportunities for you.”
Also speaking was E.J. Carrion, a motivational speaker, author and founder of StudentSuccessAcademy.com, who reminded the audience that the struggles most entrepreneurs face are opportunities to learn. “Great people see pain and suffering as part of the process,” he said.
He then outlined questions every would-be entrepreneur should ask themselves to validate their business idea: Does it solve a problem and is the problem ready to be solved? What is unique about the problem, and can it be profitable and sustainable?
More than 100 students attended the seminar with Kristin Pierce, a specialist with Volusia County Schools’ Career & Technical Education. “Our students and teachers were very enthusiastic about the event and excited to hear leaders speak about how they put their entrepreneurship ideas in action,” she said. “We appreciate this partnership and look forward to growing our collaborative articulations.”
During the event, Lemerand awarded four $1,000 scholarships to high school students who will attend Daytona State.
Ned Harper, director of the SBDC at Daytona State, said the event reflects the goals Gale Lemerand aspired to when he established the entrepreneurial center at the college. “He wanted to inspire students and let them know that if they have a dream, they can be successful if
(Nov.15 , 2013)