The Chicagoland Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour got off to a strong start on Monday as students and faculty members at Prairie State College joined local entrepreneurs and community members to dream big about self-employment.
Tour emcee Arel Moodie, co-owner of the Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour, encouraged attendees assembled in Prairie State College's Business and Community Education Center to get out of their comfort zone and fully engage in the four-hour event which intersperced practical tips for starting a business with personal stories from successful young entrepreneurs.
David Gardner, co-founder of ColorJar, shared stories of playing basketball against NBA MVP Kevin Garnett and playing start-up entrepreneur in India. Demetrius D. Walker (pictured) recounted his travels from a childhood in Brooklyn to his current role as Chief Marketing Officer of dnGroup LLC, the parent company of dN|Be apparel. Both speakers, frequent keynoters at Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour events, used personal experiences to exemplify key lessons they learned as aspiring and emerging entrepreneurs.
Prairie State College will offer "Business for Entrepreneurs $implified", a five-session summer course beginning on June 3, 2011. Information is available on page 36 of the school's summer schedule.
The Chicagoland Extreme Entreprenuership Tour will make 7 more stops across northern and central Illinois college campuses before April 15. The next destination is Chicago State University which will host the event on Tuesday, April 5 at 10:00 a.m.