Another Startup Weekend Success

By: Austin Collins

Startup Weekend Athens is one of many events held around the world that show support for upcoming entrepreneurs. Attendees will arrive on the first day of Startup Weekend and will give a short pitch about a possible startup idea. Then, the attendees will form small groups around the top voted pitches. After forming their groups, the attendees will work with coaches and mentors to help refine their initial ideas, and then will give a final presentation before a panel of judges on the final day of Startup Weekend.  This year’s Startup Weekend Athens was held from Friday, October 21st to Sunday, October 23rd at the Ohio University Innovation Center.

Kicking off Startup Weekend here at the Innovation Center, Daniel Johnsen helped bring together the crowd with a rousing introduction. Johnsen has participated in over 30+ Startup Weekends, ranging from a competitor to a judge, and now as a team coordinator. Johnsen challenged the idea of “Fail Fast” and proposed his own idea of “Speed to Outcome.” Instead of trying your hardest to fail, he suggests that individuals work their hardest to head towards an outcome, whether it be a good one or not.

“The importance of this idea,” Johnsen said, “is that you learn from your failures and successes to become a better entrepreneur overall.”

Johnsen then introduced Dr. Christopher Crawford, Assistant Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at the Ohio University College of Business.

“If you don’t dare greatly, you don’t achieve greatness,” Crawford said.

Crawford challenged the attendees to avoid being normal and expect greatness from themselves. The main topic he wanted the attendees to take away from his speech was “Expectation drives actions, and actions drive outcomes.” Crawford believes that you must expect outlier outcomes to achieve them. You must do things differently from the normal to receive abnormal rewards.

After our guest speaker concluded, Johnsen moved into the pitch stage of the weekend. Various attendees volunteered and pitched a variety of different ideas, which they voted on later that evening. Groups then formed around the top voted pitches. David Stroud lead off the pitches with the idea of a solar shade canopy. Another idea pitched was by Michale Adams, who came up with the idea of a mobile t-shirt shop.

Over the weekend, some of the initial groups that were formed on Friday night pivoted from their initial idea, while others remained the same.

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Hunger Hacked, a group formed around the idea of a “User Contributed Cookbook”, were this year’s Startup Weekend winners. Overall, the judges were impressed by the amount of work that each team put out over the past few days. Each team showed promise and loyalty to their project.

Let’s start with the group that came in third place. Hop Runner, formerly known as Oooo Beer, is an idea focused on the delivery of beer to its customers. They wanted to provide beer to the consumers in a safe and fun environment, not only at Ohio University, but also at other universities throughout Ohio. Hop Runner also wanted to help create a sense of community by partnering with the local businesses. The judges agreed that the business model was well made and that the loyalty program would help against competition. One of the reasons that caused the judges to make Hop Runner the third-place winner, was the concern about competition for this startup. The judges felt that this industry would have heavy competition and didn’t quite feel that Hop Runner would be able to provide an answer for it. Still, the members of Hop Runner learned valuable lessons, ones that they could bring back to a future Startup Weekend.

The group that placed second at this year’s Startup Weekend was Eleven Fifty-Five Creators. This group came up with the idea for the Personal Well Being Tracker. This concept was designed to pair with devices that currently monitor the health quality of people. The tracker would record surrounding air quality and then correlate that data with the person’s health quality. Once the data had been correlated, the device would then give suggestions to the individual about how they go about visiting an area. Alex Hurley, the person who originally came up with the idea, wanted to give this information to people who wanted it, in an easy fashion. Overall, the judges agreed that Eleven Fifty-Five Creators had a very well made market validation. One slight concern that the judges addressed was more focus on the core relation between air quality and the customer’s health. Still, this group was very proud of coming in second, especially since this was their very first Startup Weekend experience.

Hunger Hacked, the winning group from this year’s Startup Weekend, focused on an idea for students to interact more with the dining halls. Bethany Ungar, the person who originally came up with this idea, wanted to bring to light some of the concerns voiced by students that attend the dining halls here at Ohio University. She felt that making an app to voice these concerns would be a great idea. This app would let students create and share their own ideas for a recipe that could be used at the dining halls. Hunger Hacked focused on competition between users, especially over social media, to drive their business. The initial labor required to test out an app design would be done for free, via the user competition, thus negating a large portion of the startup cost. The judges all liked the creativity that the members of Hunger Hacked presented. The judges also agreed that their idea was very applicable, especially in a college setting. The only concerns voiced by the judges were longevity and a revised revenue model. The judges felt that only relying on user created content could be very dangerous, due to the fact that some user could start repeating ideas for recipes. Even with these concerns, Hunger Hacked came out on top, winning the top prize for the weekend.

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Hunger Hacked, the winning team from this year’s Startup Weekend, show off their prizes.

Although each group won some tangible prizes that would benefit their startup idea, they also learned some very valuable knowledge. The group learned the importance of team work and the benefit of shared skills among teammates. They also learned how to balance the work load throughout a short amount of time. All of these teams, whether or not they won, can take the skills and information they learned and directly apply it throughout their life, whether it be through their startup or through their school work. Startup Weekend has come to a close, be sure to purchase a ticket for next year. Even if you don’t plan on participating, it will be a great way to meet new people and share great ideas.

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Entrepreneur Spotlight: Lori Bentz

loriLori Bentz, President of Ohio University Entrepreneurs, talks about some of the struggle that you might come across when being an entrepreneur, as well as some of her accomplishments. After putting in enough hard work and dedication, along with help from others, Bentz launched C-Suite. C-Suite is a student led initiative to help acquire locations that will support student entrepreneurs in their endeavors. It came as inspiration from University Innovation Fellows, as well as Bentz’s trip to Stanford. Bentz wanted to help create a way to support upcoming entrepreneurs and realized from experience that there aren’t many locations around Athens that can house startups.

Being an entrepreneur certainly isn’t easy by any means, it takes great amounts of perseverance and dedication to your project. You must be able to focus solely on your business if you want it to grow into the idea you first dreamed it would be.

Bentz feels that one of the hard things about being an entrepreneur is the fact that you have to try and work on it around your already busy schedule.

“There’s no set schedule in being an entrepreneur. It’s not a 9 to 5 job where you have set times for working. It’s all about getting done what you can in the limited time you have to work”, said Bentz

One of the resources that helped Bentz get the idea of C-Suite off the ground, and helped her stay focused on it was the Center for Entrepreneurship.

“The Center helped quite a bit, especially with connections to people that helped me develop my startup”, said Bentz. “They provided connections to Harvard University, Babson College, Arizona State University, and the University of Utah.”

The Center for Entrepreneurship provides both connections and mentoring services for aspiring entrepreneurs. They help students put more of a focus on their startup, while still learning about the ins-and-outs of being an entrepreneur.

Apart from the Center for Entrepreneurship, Bentz had help from Shauna Boland, Roxanne Male-Brune, and David Pidwell. They all inspired Bentz to work hard and put her best effort into her startup.

2016-10-27Bentz looks to expand upon C-Suite so that it will eventually have its own facility with a comprehensive program that connects all Colleges at the Ohio University Athens Campus. This way, C-Suite can provide help to not only College of Business Students, but students from other colleges that have an idea for a startup.

In addition to the future of C-Suite, Bentz also has some plans of her own. She aspires to one day start a company that builds up failing business and then sell them for a profit.

Bentz is a great example of what it takes to become an entrepreneur. You must have dedication to your startup and spend as much of your time as possible working on it. You also should reach out to the many resources provided for you here at Ohio University. Whatever your startup idea may be, it’s going to take a lot of hard work. However, don’t let this discourage you. If you try your hardest and reach out to those that can help you, you will be able to make your startup dream a reality.

Student innovation competition tackles local, environmental challenges

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SIC hosts first hackathon Wed., Oct. 26

ATHENS, Ohio (October 24, 2016)—The Scripps Innovation Challenge, a competition asking students for innovative solutions to real-world problems, announced it is seeking solutions for local issues and an environmental concern.

“This is the fifth annual Scripps Innovation Challenge, and this year’s challenges are perhaps the most interesting yet,” said Andy Alexander, director. “There’s literally a challenge for everyone. The challenges come from media companies, nonprofits, and even one from the Diabetes Institute at Ohio University. In each case, student competitors are being asked to come up with an innovative solution that helps a company or helps society in some meaningful way.”

This year’s challenge has calls to:

  • Increase diabetes awareness in Athens and surrounding counties.
  • Find and persuade people born in Appalachia who have moved away to re-engage with their local communities.
  • Employ new ways to encourage donations to a national environmental organization.
  • Use geolocation to help an urban news station expand its audience.
  • Increase brand awareness of a new video news network among millennials.
  • Promote behind-the-camera jobs in the broadcast industry.

The Scripps Innovation Challenge (SIC) offers $18,000 in prizes and is open to all Ohio University students, both undergraduate and graduate, regardless of major. In addition, the winning team or individual for each challenge will have the opportunity to present their idea to the organization that sponsored that challenge. Previous participants have praised the SIC for its real-world focus, enabling them to add a unique problem-solving experience to their resumes.

“Although the Scripps Innovation Challenge is sponsored by the Scripps College of Communication, innovative ideas can come from all different disciplines,” said Jean Marie Cackowski-Campbell, executive coordinator. “In the past, non-Scripps students have often won prize money, including first prize. I look forward to seeing that again this year.”

This year’s competition features a streamlined application process and a later due date to make it easier than ever to enter. The initial entry process consists of three parts:

  • A three-page paper explaining the solution,
  • A visual representation of the solution – either a slide deck (max 7 slides) or an infographic explaining the idea,
  • A separate short explanation of how the solution is innovative.

“This year entries will be due the last day of fall semester (Dec. 3),” said Cackowski-Campbell. “We are even offering two hackathons this semester to help students brainstorm and bounce their ideas off of Scripps College of Communication faculty. Students can drop-in to work on crafting their SIC idea for 20-30 minutes, and by the time they leave the hackathon, they’ll have a good start to win this competition! It’s definitely not too late to consider entering the challenge.”

The first SIC Hackathon is set for Wednesday, Oct. 26 from 6-8 p.m. and the second Hackathon will be on Thursday, Nov. 10 from 6-8 p.m. Both Hackathons will take place in Schoonover Center 380. Students can drop-in anytime during this session to receive feedback and guidance on their idea.

More detailed information on the Scripps Innovation Challenge and prize breakdown can be found at: https://www.ohio.edu/scrippscollege/innovationchallenge/

More information on this year’s challenges and special incentives can be found at:
https://www.ohio.edu/scrippscollege/innovationchallenge/2016-17-challenges.cfm

-From staff reports

Global Entrepreneurship Week

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This year’s Global Entrepreneurship Week kicks off on Monday, November 14th! In honor of this celebration, the Center for Entrepreneurship will be holding three events throughout the week. These events are intended to be a learning experience for anyone who wants to know the ins-and-outs of being an entrepreneur. Even if you don’t plan on running your own business, it will be a great way to meet new people and discuss business related topics. We look forward to seeing you there! Rising from the Ashes – Monday, November 14th

Held in Jackie O’s Public Room, there will be a discussion about the effects of the 2014 Union Street Fire and how it impacted the business owners. It’s meant to focus on the community support for these businesses and how they bounced back better than ever. Learn how re-building is different from the original start-up and the significance of being prepared. The event commemorates the second anniversary of the fire as well as gets the ball rolling for Global Entrepreneurship Week. Come out and show your support to this wonderful community!

Celebration of Women in Entrepreneurship Day – Tuesday, November 15th

In honor of Women in Entrepreneurship Day, come join us from 4:30pm-6:00pm to welcome a special guest speaker. Jane Grote Abell, Donato’s Board Chairwoman and Columbus CEO of the Year, will be speaking about her book, “The Missing Piece: Doing Business the Donato’s Way”, as well as talking about her story. She will also be talking about her “4 C’s of success.” Make sure you come prepared to find out what it takes to run a successful business!

Social Entrepreneurship – Wednesday, November 16th

Stop by the Living Learning Center to meet some experienced entrepreneurs and learn more about the challenges and rewards of running your own business. This event is meant to connect the upcoming generation of young entrepreneurs with people who have become very successful at what they are doing. Theses experienced entrepreneurs will help give you some

tips to be successful, as well as help you by answering any questions you may have about being an entrepreneur. Be sure to stop by and meet these individuals, they could be a great connection between you and some top businesses in their field!

Global Entrepreneurship Week will be a great time for those who want to learn more about running your own business. Maybe you aren’t looking to be an entrepreneur, this event will still be for you. You can come and show your support to this wonderful community and meet some of the great people who live here. Each of the events will be focused on different key elements to help make you more diverse when it comes to taking on the world as an entrepreneur. Make sure you stop by to not only learn some new information, but also meet some successful people in this line of work.

Food Truck Follow-Up!

Students and Faculty gathered on Tuesday October 11th to hear the startup stories from the famous food trucks of Athens. The event started off with a brief introduction of each food truck present, given by Dr. Luke Pittaway. After the introduction, the event was turned over to the owners of the food trucks, each of them taking turns to describe their individual journeys to get to the place they all are now. Each owner had their own experiences that shaped not only how their business grew, but also gave them differing opinions on the key parts of the food truck industry.

Marla Rutter, current owner of the Burrito Buggy, was the first to speak. She described to the audience of how she had been a freshmen at Ohio University when the original Burrito Buggy opened. She explained that her and her husband always used to imagine what it would be like to own a food business. She finally got her opportunity to find out when the Buggy closed in 2010. Rutter originally stepped in to help her daughter buy the Buggy but then later took it up as her own. Now, Rutter has greatly expanded upon the original. She now has a second Burrito Buggy for those larger events held around Athens.

The next people to speak were the owners of Ali Baba, Nisar and Brenda Shaikh. The two met at Hocking College, originally called Hocking Tech, and then later moved to Athens. They both had a very hard time finding jobs and contemplated on starting a food truck. The Paul Bunyon Show held in Nelsonville, Ohio was the very first event that they took their food truck to. The very first food sold out of the truck was not a gyro, but a burger with an egg on top of it. This didn’t receive very good reviews with the customers. Then they took the buggy to the Ohio State Fair and got the idea from another vendor to start selling gyros and falafels. The Shaikh’s now have three buggies parked around Athens and have focused more on the sale of Mediterranean cuisine.

Nisar Shaikh believes that,”It’s best to be a unique business, one that will stand out from the others.” He also said, “If you work hard and put your mind into the business, you will succeed.”

The owner of Petru, Stacy Peters, was next to speak. Petru, which opened in February of 2016, is a chocolate truck that specializes in the sale of truffles. Originally, Peters was just making truffles for fun. She then got an idea from her friend to start marketing her truffles at the Athens Farmers Market. When she first started going to the market, she couldn’t get a table so she had to sell them from her friend’s table. When she did sell her truffles, it was only a few at a time. After some time, she opened up her own table, which become known as O’Chocolate.  After the success of O’Chocolate, Peters wanted to expand her business. She thought the best way to do this was buy a food truck.

Peters said,” My favorite part of business is creating new products or inventing new ways to solve problems.” Although she loves to come up with new ideas, she also realizes that,”There are limits what you can do. There is nothing wrong with that, you can still work your very hardest and keep coming up with new products, but just know there will always be a physical limit to what one person can actually do.”

The fourth speaker of the event was Evelyn Nagy, one of the owners of Holy Guacamole. She is the wife of Rudy Nagy and together the two have had a success story in the food truck industry. They started out in Guatemala working 12 hours a day for 6 days straight to provide for their son. With Rudy having a background in the cuisine of various countries, such as Mexico, Italy, China, and Japan, it became apparent that selling food was the way to go. They received help from a friend to buy a trailer shell, in which they sold shoes out of to fund their new business. Over time they would accumulate enough money to buy new appliances or parts that their trailer needed.

Nagy said,” If you do what you know, you will be successful. Find something you are very good at and then find a way to make money doing it. The other thing is whatever you want to do, just go for it and be okay will failure. You will always learn from your mistakes and you can then improve on them to become better.”

The final speaker for the evening was Elizabeth Dahlen, Assistant Manager of Catering at Ohio University. Her mother, sister, and brother-in-law all were very successful with their own food trucks, which inspired Dahlen to work in a food truck during her summer breaks. Although she had a passion for food truck, she chose to take a different path with her life and focus on Interior Design. After working all across the United States, she decided it was time to settle down and finally come back to her childhood passion, food.

Her initial plan was to run a small business in Columbus, Ohio. After only a year of being open, she had to close her business because the landlord sold the building. Dahlen was then contacted by Schmidt’s, a popular restaurant in Columbus, with a proposal for her to help them expand upon their current business. The best part, they wanted her to run a food truck. Dahlen successfully helped Schmidt’s and since then they have purchased a second truck and are currently in production of a third.

The main things Dahlen finds important are,” Don’t ever give up. It’s not going to be easy and you will hear a lot of no’s but you must persevere.” She also believes that it is important for you to find a partner to help balance the work load of owning a small business. She said,”You become the owner, the salesperson, and the worker. A partner will greatly help you because it will make it easier to balance the workload instead of taking it all on yourself.”

These owners are a great example of what it really takes to own your own business. Their stories really show the struggles that you might have to go through if you decide to go down this path. It’s not going to be easy, but do not get discouraged. If you put your mind to something and really put in the effort it takes, much like the owners of these trucks, you will be successful.

The man of many lessons resides in Copeland 409a

via: Austin Ambrose
September 30, 2016

Tucked away in Copeland 409A, Paul Mass sits amid the business-deal “tombstones” lining the shelves and cabinets around the room, which showcase more than Mass’s numerous accomplishments. Each one holds a memory, and the new entrepreneur-in-residence and associate director of the Center for Entrepreneurship excitedly reminisces. He can point to any one of them and recall the entire story of that business deal.

However, Mass’s story did not begin in business. He originally was interested in politics, but law school soured him on that field. When it was time to find a job, Mass was particular about the law firm he would work for.

“I wanted to make an impact and have a lot of responsibilities,” Mass said. “I aspired to work in a firm that could train me with a really smart mentor so I would not get lost in a library.”

Through his search, Mass found Long and Aldridge, a young Atlanta, Georgia firm with only nine lawyers. He worked there for many years, specializing in mergers, acquisitions and general corporate matters, until one of Long and Aldridge’s largest clients lured him away temporarily.

His time as vice president and general counsel for Cable America changed his career. Being part of a booming cable television industry was exciting, and representing people in cable and radio was terrific work. Although Mass eventually returned to his former law firm and became a partner, he wouldn’t stay long.

A few years after returning, he moved to Birmingham, Alabama, to start CableSouth, a small cable company that brought cable TV to rural Alabama.

Mass had learned that big cities were saturated by large cable companies, making it difficult for a small entrepreneurial company to gain traction in the marketplace; once a utility was in place, that cable provider had control of the area. In order to enter the cable marketplace, Mass decided to target small towns that didn’t have access to cable yet.

“If you could get the money to build there, you were in,” Mass said. “We had subscribers who would pay their cable bill before their mortgage. People loved their cable service. It was the smartest idea I ever had.”

CableSouth and the rest of the cable industry, though, had a challenge: telling their subscribers what was on a growing number of TV channels. Mass saw an opportunity and bought two data companies. They became TV Data Technologies, and within five years, they were the largest provider of programming information. For seven years, the company supplied more than 90 percent of newspapers and set-top video guides in the country.

“We really got it right,” Mass said. “This was the first time that we started a venture entirely on our own and created enormous value in it.”

But Mass worried that bigger companies would replicate their business model notwithstanding the huge cost. Eventually, he sold CableSouth and TV Data Technologies. It was the end of his career in cable, but just the beginning of his entrepreneurial ventures.

Shortly after exiting the cable industry, a friend approached Mass about helping two prominent scientists in Boston create a biotech company focusing on discovering new antibiotics. Despite having no knowledge of biotech, Mass said yes.

Finding investors in the United States, however, proved more challenging than Mass assumed. Luckily, when one of the scientists was presenting at a conference, Mass overheard some attendees discussing pharmaceuticals. He joined the conversation and learned the men were from Croatia.

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“The only thing I knew about Croatians was they loved sports,” Mass said, “so I asked them if they had been to a Braves game. They told me no but wanted to, so that night I took them to the game with my season passes.”

Between teaching the men about baseball and getting to know them, Mass learned they worked for PLIVA, then the largest pharmaceutical company in Central and Eastern Europe. After trips to Croatia, Mass and the scientists received $15 million to create a Boston-based laboratory for their antibiotic project.

Things looked good. The company hired a big-name CEO with a background in the drug industry, raised $60 million, and became a public company. The company eventually failed under this new leadership but Mass is still exceptionally proud of his work prior to the IPO.

“It was a good lesson to learn as an entrepreneur,” he said. “You can’t only measure the quality of your work by whether you ultimately make money or not.”

Mass moved back to Atlanta and taught personal finance to high school juniors and seniors for a year while his daughters were in high school. But, entrepreneurship still beckoned. A succession of ventures followed, starting with Main Street Broadband LLC. Mass decided to increase access to high-speed internet to people in rural areas. The government was pushing for rural broadband, so Mass received loans to kickstart the venture. Unfortunately, when the economy began to fail in 2008, Main Street’s numbers came in short. They attempted to renegotiate the terms of the loans but the government would not change the agreement. Main Street was forced to shut down.

“We learned a big lesson, be very careful if you rely on easy money from a big bureaucracy like the federal government,” Mass said.

Mass then moved to San Diego to start ClosingCorp and GovX with his long-time business partner. ClosingCorp is the country’s preeminent database of closing costs and service providers in the real estate industry. GovX is an e-commerce website for members of the U.S. military, law enforcement, fire, emergency response services and other government employees.

While in San Diego, with both ClosingCorp and GovX doing well, Mass longed to get back in the classroom, but this time at the collegiate level. Then Mass saw the position at Ohio University in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

“It was a perfect fit. OU was looking for an entrepreneur, not an academic, and would treat future entrepreneurial work as my “professional development.”

Mass stepped down from his role as CEO of ClosingCorp, and moved to Athens with his wife, an artist.

As Entrepreneur-in-Residence and Associate Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship, Mass helps the budding center grow and develop. He also works with students, faculty and staff who are trying to develop their own entrepreneurial ventures.

Only four years old, the Center for Entrepreneurship is still working toward its full potential. Mass believes that they must start with academics, such as the entrepreneurship classes that are offered at the University. The CE should then continue to grow the ecosystem by getting mentors, alumni and local businesses involved.

“My real hope is that we take some of these student ideas and actually help them create businesses in this part of the state,” Mass said.

Reflecting on his own ventures and thinking about the future hopes for the Center for Entrepreneurship, Mass noted two key lessons.

“Learn how to take risks and be comfortable with them,” Mass said. “Also, you don’t necessarily have to be the ‘idea guy.’ The truth is, it takes a team of people to start and launch a company.”

 

Course Highlight: MGT 3730: Entrepreneurial Business Consulting

 

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Taught by Paul Mass, Associate Director for the Center for Entrepreneurship, this course focuses on applied learning. Students will be assigned to work with a real business and will conduct background research, analyze the client’s situation, and make recommendations on how to address the problem. This course is intended to enhance analytical skills while giving students the opportunity to apply business and academic concepts to a real world situation. Students also see an improvement in report writing, presentation skills, client interpretation skills, and most importantly team management skills. This course is more project based where the students work in small groups to undertake two consulting projects for either new ventures or existing companies. For additional guidance, the groups can meet with Professor Mass to discuss their progress or any questions they may have.

Projects

Throughout the semester, each student will be put into a team to complete two consulting projects. Professor Mass will work directly with the clients to create a write-up that will be given to the group that is assigned to that client. The write-up will consist of information about the client and what the client is asking of the students. It also describes what work will need to be done and how it should be delivered. After gathering information throughout the semester, the groups will then have to pudqo0cqdeliver both a mid-semester and final report. These reports will be given to both Professor Mass and the client. An example of a client a student may have to work with would be DeliverTHAT, a college based food delivery service. The students that work with this client would be more focused on things like brand exposure and how to expand the client’s business. Although the client will be different for each group, they will all essentially be asking the same questions.

Course Goal

The main goal of this class is to teach students how to directly apply the information they learn in the classroom into real world situations that they may come across. The real benefit of taking this class is the fact that the students will be working with real businesses that want real answers. It teaches students that if your boss is asking you a specific question, you must be able to provide them with a specific answer. Students will also learn time management skills and the importance of teamwork.

Professor Mass said,” I think the hardest part for students is the process of taking what they learn and applying it in their field. Students can easily repeat back to you the information they have learned in class. They just struggle when it comes to taking that information and putting it to use. That’s why I like teaching this class the way I do. I’m here to guide the students and show them what it takes to be successful in the real world.”

Entrepreneurial Business Consulting is a great class to take if you’re looking for a different kind of learning experience. This is due to the fact that students taking this class will be directly applying the information they learn in the classroom to real world situations. They will be learning the skills necessary to be successful in the consulting field as well as skills that will be beneficial throughout their life. This class is definitely recommended to not only those who want to be a consultant, but also to those individuals who wish to gain experience when dealing with real world situations.

Contact Paul Mass at Mass@ohio.edu