Fall 2012 Entrepreneurial Leadership Center Lecture Series Begins on September 11

August 20, 2012

Entrepreneur and author, Clifton L. Taulbert, greets CU student Chris Rogers, 2012 business plan competition winner, at the Spring 2012 Entrepreneurial Leadership Fair.

Entrepreneur and author, Clifton L. Taulbert, greets CU student Chris Rogers, 2012 business plan competition winner, at the Spring 2012 Entrepreneurial Leadership Fair.

The Fall 2012 Entrepreneurial Leadership Center Lecture Series at Cheyney University presents aspects of Micro Enterprise in eight programs at the Marcus Foster Student Center Auditorium.  All programs are free and open to the public. Also known as a micro business, a micro enterprise is a type of small business often registered as having five or fewer employees, and requiring seed capital of not more than $35,000.  They are commonly referred to as a "Mom & Pop Business." Except for the program on Oct. 4, all lectures begin at 6 pm and are held in the Marcus Foster Student Center Auditorium.

The series begins on Tuesday, September 11 with Robert Wingerter, SCORE Vice Chairman of Client Services, Chester County Branch.  He will discuss business plans and the components of developing a successful road map for an entrepreneurial endeavor. SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their entrepreneurial goals.  Supported by the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA), SCORE has over 13,000 volunteers nationally.

On Wednesday, September 19, Garvester Kelley, (AEO) – Senior Vice President of Association for Enterprise Opportunity, will give an overview of Micro Enterprise and why it is important for job creation in the US economy. The Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO) is a national membership organization and voice of micro business development in the United States.  For nearly two decades, AEO and its hundreds of member organizations have helped more than two million entrepreneurs support themselves, their families, and contribute to their communities through business ownership. The Microloan Program provides small, short-term loans to small business that fit the criteria.  The Small Business Association (SBA) makes funds available to specially designated intermediary lenders. These lenders make loans as well as provide business training and technical assistance to its eligible micro-borrowers. The maximum loan amount is $50,000, but the average microloan is about $13,000.

On Wednesday, September 26, Ashton Hall, founder/owner of Excel Fashion, LLC, Micro Enterprise, A Stylish Approach, will talk about how he got started in the fashion industry, some of the new trends, and how he developed a successful career in the industry. Excel Fashion, LLC is a retail and design studio founded to target men and women who understand the importance of style and fashion in their career wear.  Mentored by Mary Jane Marcaisiano, Ashton developed a love for Italian design and tailored garments.  He has outfitted Hillary Clinton for her Essence Award show appearance, as well as numerous celebrities during Oprah Winfrey’s Legend Ball.
On Thursday, October 4, Daymond John, star of ABC’s show Shark Tank and founder of FUBU, will discuss “From Rags to Riches, Guerrilla Marketing.” John will share his entrepreneurial story and how he grew a company from his home into a 30 million dollar business in 3 months. His company, FUBU (For Us By Us), was originally called "Five Urban Brothers United.“ Initially a hat company operating out of Daymond’s home, it grew into a global clothing company grossing over $30 million in 3 months.  Daymond is one of the stars of ABC’s hit entrepreneur show Shark Tank, where a panel of entrepreneurs and business executives called "Sharks" consider offers from other entrepreneurs who are seeking funding for their business or product. This program will be held in Dudley Theatre and begins at 7 pm.

On Tuesday, October 16, Shawn Myers, President of Integrity Advisors, presents “Developing a Profitable Business.”  Myers will talk about business feasibility and exceeding the break-even point. Integrity Advisors, a consulting and training company, helps organizations achieve and maintain financial stability, strategic direction, and long term success. It assists entrepreneurs with financial management in job costing and financial analysis.  A certified facilitator with the Kauffman Institute, Shawn works with the Delaware Economic Development office assisting small businesses and non-profit organizations.  
On Wednesday, October 24, Valerie Mason-Robinson, CEO of Eden Organix, will discuss “Micro Enterprise, A Success Story.”  She will detail her journey into the beauty business and how her extensive education has helped her succeed in this field. Eden Organix, is an organic boutique and spa created by   Mason-Robinson.  While achieving her graduate degree from MIT in Chemical Engineering she learned about cosmetic surfactants (surface chemical reactions).  From this enlightenment she began her search for natural organic beauty products.  She continued her education and obtained her esthetics-skin care license, which enhanced her knowledge of natural organic skin care products as an alternative to chemicals prescribed from dermatologists.

On Wednesday, November 7, David Marlett,Founder/Executive Director of National Crowd Funding Association will talk about Crowd Funding, the innovative new way of funding startups.  He will discuss the purpose of Crowd Funding, some new regulations, and the many opportunities to use crowd funding.  The National Crowd Funding Association (NLCFA) was formed in March, 2012 prior to the passage of the JOBS Act of 2012 authorizing investment crowd funding in America.  It provides its members opportunities to shape the industry, learn the details of the marketplace, stay informed and stay ahead, and to network with others involved in this revolutionary new way of financing.

On Wednesday, November 14, Economic Development & Lender Relations Specialist, Barbara Anne Gardenhire-Mills, will discuss Micro-Lenders/ SBA, answer questions about micro-entrepreneurship, address the myths about grants and financing options, and highlight resources available through the SBA and other popular avenues.