Entrepreneurship: From the Couch to Corporation

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!

Truman SIFE Team Wins at Regional Competition

Truman’s SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) team was recently named the third place winner at the ConocoPhillips Ethics Case Competition in Manhattan, Kan., Feb. 2-4. The event was developed and hosted by Kansas State University’s SIFE Team.

“The competition was an extremely rewarding experience. It allowed Truman State SIFE to compete against much larger, Division I schools and show just how successful we are. We are very proud to have placed third at this competition and cannot wait to return next year to improve upon this success,” Cody Hagan, Truman SIFE president, said.

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Truman’s SIFE team displays a $1,000 check and plaque after winning third place at the ConocoPhillips Ethics Case Competition at Kansas State University Feb. 2-4. Pictured, left to right: Shannon Colligan, Iliyana Kuneva, Cody Hagan and Jessie Eubank.

Along with a third place plaque, the team also received a check for $1,000. The Truman SIFE team plans to put this money right back into the projects that they are planning. Every year the team organizes and puts on numerous projects that benefit the University, local community and surrounding area.

In this competition, participating students had 36 hours to utilize their business skills for analyzing, researching and developing a solution to a case about an ethical dilemma. After developing a solution, they created a professional presentation, which included a verbal script, visual slides and a written executive summary. Business leaders and university faculty served as judges for the event and evaluated the presentations.

(Original article can be found at this link)

We’ve Been Busy

Truman State SIFE has been busy!

Not only have we been working on a newer, sleeker looking website, we are still planning activities and putting our projects into action.

Details for many of our projects will appear on this website in the near future, as well as a calendar indicating when various activities will occur.

What can you be doing in the meantime? We are trying to streamline our social media efforts. You may have noticed the Facebook link in the sidebar of this page. You can click “Like” to subscribe to our Facebook page and keep up to date with our upcoming events. We also have a Twitter feed and are hoping to start Tweeting all of our exciting news, so click the link in the sidebar to start following us!

Thanks for checking in with Truman State University’s SIFE!