In what has become one of the highlights of my small business experience, I will be guest lecturing at the Fogelman School of Business with Dr. Frances Fabian. The group as always will be a small group of undergraduates majoring in business. I will attempt to keep the cursing down to a minimum and clean up my act while giving what I think is a cool story and maybe a little advice to the next movement of great minds in Memphis. If you’d like to sit in and you’re on campus, swing by. I will have shoe samples and of course statistics and reports, but most importantly I will discuss the highs and lows of launching a business.
What: Guest Lecture at the School of entrepreneurship
Where: University of Memphis Room 261 in FCBE at Central & Patterson
Time: 5:30 pm
Date: November 21st
Points of discussion
I. Introduction: My background and why should anyone listen to me about business
II. What is my business? That’s a good question… It was ARCH but that’s not looking so good anymore. LOL
III. How did I get the money to start my business? I started the race 10 feet behind the starting line
IV. What were the challenges in starting the business? Trying to gain ground in a market that is monopolized and other points of interest.
V. Why do I think the business has failed/succeeded? – The importance of research and non traditional learning (CB Publishing business) Things don’t fail, they either lack the funding to continue, or lack the ability to transition into a want or need.
VI. What have I learned while operating the business? – The most important lessons Capital and Customers
VII. Has this been worth my time? Definitely, well then again…
VIII. Do I fear not working a traditional job without an option for retirement? Three ways to prepare for retirement: Long term, Long Term, Short Term
IX. What was my biggest setback? Okay let me think about this one…
X. Am I happy? Do I look happy (Old Dirty Bastard facial expression (It’s the 20th Anniversary of Enter the 36 Chambers, what did you expect?)
Here is an earlier lecture and I cover a lot of ground in this so take a few minutes to check it out: