Have you ever thought about starting your own business? Want to know what it takes to set up a small business? Already an entrepreneur, but need new ideas for your business?
On March 22 Truman SIFE will hold Entrepreneurship: From the Couch to Corporation to introduce aspiring entrepreneurs to the financial, marketing, legal, and management aspects of owning a business and to provide current entrepreneurs with tips to improve their business. The event is FREE and will feature workshops, an entrepreneurship panel, and a reception. The agenda for the event is below. Attendance of all workshops is not required. Please feel free to attend as many workshops as your schedule allows.
10:30 – 11:20 – The Keys to Financing, SUB Georgian Room B
Dr. Jeff Romine, Financial Planner at Financial Planners of Missouri, and Ms. Kristen Irwin, Associate Professor of Accounting at Truman, will talk about financing your venture and budgeting for your small business.
10:30 – 11:20 – The Keys to Marketing, SUB Georgian Room C
Dr. Datha Damron-Martinez, Assistant Professor of Business Administration at Truman, will speak about marketing your business.
12:00 – 1:00 – Reception featuring Rob Sweeney, founder and CEO of Mobile Media Technologies. SUB Activities Room.
Sandwiches and snacks will be provided. Spots are limited! Please register at eventmanager.truman.edu to secure your spot. Click on View Events to search for Entrepreneurship: From Couch to Corporation.
In a career spanning over 30 years, Rob Sweeney has started several businesses and has held technology sales and senior management positions with companies like First Data, CyberCash, Hewlett-Packard, Sybase and Palm Computing. He has a proven track record of successfully starting and running businesses, while also selling software and technology-based applications from the conceptual development stage to deployment in industries that include online banking, wireless communications and e-Commerce.
In 2003, Rob started textCaster as a research and development project to meet emerging opportunities as text messaging grew in popularity. In 2007, Rob was issued U.S. Patent 7,197,324 entitled “permission-based text messaging” that supports the process textCaster uses to authenticate wireless subscribers who opt-in via the Internet to receive content on their wireless devices. Today, the patented, multi-modal textCaster communication platform operates under a “Software as a Service” Model serving over 1,000 clients in Media, Education, Government as well as businesses of all sizes.
1:30 – 2:50 – Entrepreneurship Panel, SUB Conference Room
The panel will feature Dr. Katherine Jackson, owner of Blink of an Eye downtown Kirksville, Rob Sweeney, keynote speaker for the event, Lori Daniel, owner of Daniel Consulting LLC in Kansas City, and John Nolan, President and Chief Operating Officer of Trumascape LLC in Kirksville, MO.
3:00 – 3:50 – The Keys to Planning, SUB Georgian Room B
Kevin Baiotto, Business Manager at Community Opportunities Inc. and former Coordinator at Kirksville TCRC, will speak about business planning.
3:00 – 3:50 – The Keys to Legal Formation, SUB Georgian Room C
Dr. Bryce Jones, Professor of Business Administration, will speak about the various legal forms under which you can organize your business – partnerships, LLCs, LLPs, corporations.
Come and learn what it takes to be an entrepreneur!