On October 27th entrepreneurs Brian Hawley and Tony Everett visited the CBU School of Business’ Voices of Business event to speak about the businesses they started. Brain Hawley is the Chairman, Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer at Luminex Software, Inc. and Tony Everett is the founder of nonprofit entity, thePureGame.org. Since each speaker comes from a different background, students were able to get a great overall idea of what entrepreneurship looks like.
This presentation distinguished social entrepreneurship from general entrepreneurship. Social entrepreneurship is for social benefit, while general entrepreneurship is geared towards other motives. The two businessmen had completely different approaches to their businesses. For example, Tony Everett approaches each day with the belief that it could be the day his business fails. He attributes each successful day to God, and asks that God continue to have His hand in it. Brian Hawley approaches his business like it will never fail.
Both businessmen encourage students to try new things to discover their strengths and not let fear of failure hold them back. They also urge students to find a mentor, someone who shows personal interest in your journey. The men also recommend that students utilize current technology and social media, especially sites like LinkedIn that can prepare one for the business world and connect you to other business professionals. Both men said that students should be building their network now and should not wait until they graduate to make contacts in the professional world.
From Tony and Brian’s stories the students learned that you should start a business for passion, not to make money. As you are waiting for your organization to achieve, your passion for it will motivate you to keep working hard and to believe in the success of the enterprise. Learning from these two business professionals, students were able to get a glimpse into what it takes to build an organization from scratch and to gain some tips for how they can do the same in the future.
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