January 27, 2011 at 8:46 pm 1 comment

There’s been a lot of buzz lately about the Coleman Foundation and the Kern Foundation grants at Lawrence Tech and how they’re affecting the curriculum at the University.  What a lot of people don’t know, is that Lawrence Tech has a best kept entrepreneurial secret: its chapter of the Collegiate Entrepreneur’s Organization, otherwise known as CEO.  This organization is one of many on campus that offers leadership growth for students on campus, but one of the few that encourages them to develop their own business ideas and to gain experience in the entrepreneurial world.

This year I was fortunate enough to be invited along on the CEO club’s trip to Chicago for their national conference.  While there we heard from dozens of fantastic speakers, including the esteemed Jimmy John himself (Yes, THE Jimmy John. The Sandwich guy).  We also attended many education sessions where successful entrepreneurs shared their tips for success?  Check out the Top 3 most mentioned:

I attended in Chicago for Lawrence Tech’s CEO (Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization).  While there, I met some incredible people and also learned invaluable lessons.

Throughout the weekend we were able to attend various sessions of our choice with prestigious entrepreneurs from around the world.  During our time with them we were able to pick up some tips and tricks:

1-     Create a Vision Board. This will help you to identify your goals, as well as those whom you’d like to model yourself after- your mentors, your role models.  Include inspirational quotes that will help to propel you towards your goals!

2-     Network, Network, Network! Building your contact list while you’re still in school is imperative to your success.  Having a large network will allow you to reach out to others when you’re looking for a job, and will also motivate companies to take a better look at what you have to offer them, in this case, your contact list!

3-     Never Give Up. As often as it’s preached, you must never, ever let anyone tell you that your ideas are too farfetched or that your dreams are unattainable.  If every great entrepreneur had listened to the words of everyone around them we would be without some of the world’s greatest services and products.

Being an entrepreneur isn’t easy.  But college is the time to take advantage of the entrepreneurial opportunities that are presented through the many different venues we are exposed to.  And that’s just what the CEO Club is doing.

For more information about the CEO Club check out http://www.c-e-o.org/.




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  • 1. Alexandra  |  January 28, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    I wanted to touch on your “Never Give Up Section.” For the past few years I have had numerous family members telling me that the goals I hope to achieve after graduation are impossible, and will ultimately leave me broke and unsuccessful. Needless to say, I don’t share my successes with those people, however, no matter where you are in life, people are always going to tell you you can’t do something because they are afraid. They put you down because they know they could never accomplish something as big as your goals.
    I am a memeber of the National Society for Leadership and Success and I met a man during my leadership training day who said something to me that continues to stick. He said you will always have two type of people in your life, the firefighters and the firestarters. The firefighters are people who put our your dreams and have no faith in your goals. These people put out the fire that burns within every entrepreneur. A firestarter is something that is always adding to your dream and continuously pushing you forward. These are the people you want to surround yourself with when discussing your goals and you achievments.



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