Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour Coming to CSU

COLUMBUS, Ga. - Columbus State University’s Turner College of Business will host the nationwide Extreme Entrepreneurship collegiate tour on Thursday, April 17 in the Davidson Student Center auditorium.

Students and community members interested in entrepreneurship are invited to participate in the 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. four-part fair:

• Keynote presentations by a pair of accomplished young entrepreneurs affiliated with the national organization Extreme Entrepreneurship Education.

• A “How to Start a Business” workshop presented by Extreme Entrepreneurship co-founder Sheena Lindahl.

• A panel discussion featuring successful local entrepreneurs Carla Plazas (New Life Tanning Centers), Kiki Seda, (A1 Postage Meters) and Ashley Hatcher (Archer Innovation).

• A closing lunch and networking session involving about 15 additional local small business owners, such as Tracy Schoenerr (Plato’s Closet) and Al Barber (Al Barber’s Driving School).

“The panel discussion and networking session will give students and community members a sense of the variety of small businesses (500 or fewer employees) that are out there, particularly here in Columbus,” said event director Kirk Heriot, CSU associate professor of management and the Ray and Evelyn Crowley Endowed Chair of Entrepreneurship.

Hatcher, a former pharmaceutical representative, launched her business after patenting the non-slip serving tray that sells worldwide as “The Lapper.”

Like Hatcher, the majority of today’s top entrepreneurs did not come from a business background, Heriot said. “The tour reflects this reality by reaching across academic disciplines with a vision for students to earn their degrees with an entrepreneurial mindset regardless of their career paths… Subsequently, this type of program works to keep young, creative people in the local community.”

The tour features some of America’s top young entrepreneurs — individuals who have established and sold companies for millions before age 30. This includes Lindahl and her Extreme Entrepreneurship co-founder Michael Simmons.

“Students particularly tend to find the age of the tour’s speakers refreshing and inspirational,” said Heriot, who teaches courses for CSU including “Small Business and Entrepreneurship for Non-Business Majors” and “Small Business Management.'

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, go to http://www.extremetour.org or contact Heriot at 706-565-1674 or heriot_kirk@ColumbusState.edu.