One of the toughest lessons for a young entrepreneur or a new entrepreneur to learn is that you cannot do it on your own. It is counterintuitive for someone who is willing to take the leap from the corporate world to start their small business to not have a strong independent streak. Despite the unnatural feeling these walls must be broken down. One of the easiest ways to start chipping away at that is connect with other entrepreneurs and business leaders.
Ferris State University is starting a program to connect students with these entrepreneurs and business leaders. The program, called CoffeE-Connect, aims to show students how to start and grow a business. The initiative was created by Ferris’ Entrepreneurship Institute and begins October 24, 2012 with Marie Elliot of the Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center speaking about Finance and Marketing.
While the Ferris State program is geared for students looking to become entrepreneurs, the concept is the same. Ferris State’s Entrepreneur Institute is looking to train students to become entrepreneurs. Even non-students that are becoming entrepreneurs or are forming a startup need to make those similar connections or even find a mentor to help get the training to become an entrepreneur. Those individuals that have been through the process and have valuable tips for you can help out so much. While there will be your own hurdles and lessons to learn, if you can cut out one or two because of what someone taught you early in the process how is that going to hurt.
There are so many small things that can cause a startup or small business to go under. One contract dispute or one unpaid invoice can throw the train off the tracks. The more information and the more counsel you and your business can get the better off you will be. West Michigan is filled with programs that provide access to established and experienced Grand Rapids entrepreneurs, startups, small business owners, marketers, lawyers, CPA’s and more. Finding them and leveraging them for your success is not difficult.
Source: “Speaker series aims to connect Ferris State University students with entrepreneurs” by Brian McVicar of Mlive.com