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  Learning What It Takes To Start and Grow Your Own Business

On April 27, 2010, the CUNY IVE Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship Program hosted its second Leadership Roundtable, Demystifying Entrepreneurship: Exploring your Entrepreneurship Potential. The roundtable focused on educating and informing eager students on the basics for starting their own for-profit and/or non-profit businesses. This discussion was directed by two speakers, Dr. Stuart Schulman, Executive Director of the Center of Economic and Workforce Development and Ms. Joan Bartolomeo, President of the Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation.

The discussion focused not only on how to start a business, but also on the differences and similarities between for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. Though many people would not readily view these two business structures as similar, Dr. Schulman presented the view that both structures can change the world for the better through different methods. Ms. Bartolomeo emphasized the importance of dedication and commitment, thoughtful preparation and research when engaging in an entrepreneurial endeavor. She encouraged the audience to create their business plans as “guides” and to view them as “fluid” and changeable. Both speakers shared personal experiences of running their own businesses.

Also present at the roundtable were two IVE student leaders, Chuen Yan (Jamie) Lau and Jeanette Bocklage of PICK ME and Rebecca Pokryska of Hear the Hungry. Both student teams spoke briefly about their projects’ progress and reflected on the successes and obstacles they have encountered. In addition, the student presenters shared with the audience that they learned to be more open and willing to accept change (progress) as their projects evolve.

To view photos of the event please visit our media gallery.


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