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“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” George Bernard Shaw

True entrepreneurs, or ‘treps, know what Shaw is talking about. They know that whether you’re in the black or in the red, it’s about the pursuit.

The pursuit is why Columbia College is quickly becoming a destination for aspiring entrepreneurs. It is a place for dreamers and realists alike who want to use their college experience to foster and launch their businesses. They want their college to provide access to real-world experts – and a few investors, too.

In September 2012, the college announced the creation of the Steven and Barbara Fishman Center for Entrepreneurship. The center will feature an entrepreneurship curriculum in which students will develop a business plan, network with investors and gain funding assistance. Find out more in a recent Columbia Business Time article.

Announcing: CC ‘Trep Takeover, an evening made just for the startup community – those who want to get real answers from real experts. The event will be held May 2 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Launer Auditorium.

Meet our panel members:

Austin & Zach Hurst – Known as the “Tech Twins,” Austin and Zach Hurst are the driving force behind Hurst Capital, a multi-purpose venture capital firm. The Hursts recently garnered national media attention for their pursuit to acquire Hostess Brands Inc. The pair battled Wall Street leviathans in the bidding process, and through bold tactics, were finalists to acquire Hostess.

Ted Dhanik – Ted Dhanik is the president and CEO of Engage:BDR, an online media company that provides innovative marketing consultation to advertisers across the country. Prior to Engage:BDR, Dhanik was a guiding force behind MySpace’s marketing strategy during the company’s formative years, from 2003 to 2008.

Beth Shawaluk – Based in Chicago, Beth Shawaluk is a rising star in the growth hacker community. She recently created a platform that retrieves various forms of data within a company, and synthesizes them into an easy-to-read dashboard for C-level administrators. Shawaluk’s algorithm has proven effective in the healthcare world, saving organizations upward of $35 million.

Dr. George Carlo – Dr. Carlo is a performance coach for the Detroit Tigers, and is the creator of the Secrets of Champions program. This unique technology platform offers a set of customized practices that help enhance health, performance and overall quality of life. Carlo also is a sought-after expert on health policy issues.

Susan Solovic, moderator – Drawing upon years of success in multiple business ventures, Solovic ’80 has established herself as a trusted and respected resource for entrepreneurs. As a co-founder of SBTV.com, a website dedicated to providing small businesses with information needed to grow their market share, Solovic received acclaim and developed the company into a multi-million dollar organization.  She also is a frequent contributor to networks such as Fox Business News, Fox News, CNN and MSNBC, and is a mainstay on the small business speaker circuit.

Don’t just listen, but be part of this exciting entrepreneurial event.

CC Trep Takeover
May 2
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Launer Auditorium.

Enjoy coffee after the event and network with panel members and fellow entrepreneurs.