Category Archives: Challenge & Inspire

We are the Future

By being on this site, I am going to assume that you are either interested in Grove City Entrepreneurship, or that you know someone who is.  When I first came here, I looked at all the business majors and asked myself, “Which one will get me a good high paying job?”.  It is a big question for many people trying to decide what to do with their life.  Grove City Entrepreneurship is the future.  It will prepare you for any job that you are interested in pursuing.  It will teach you disciplines to take on any aspect of your life.  You will learn everything about businesses, how to develop a business, how to improve a business, but also the online aspect.  The internet is headed in a new direction in the future, it is headed into what is called Web 2.0.  Web 2.0 is the future of the internet, it is a participatory internet.  Instead of people having personal sites, they will be sites which allow blogging.  Advertisement is now directed at what people search for on their personal computers.  All this ties in to one big thing.  Business opportunities.  It allows you to see a business in a new way.  The Grove City Entrepreneurship program has helped me, along with many others, learn to view different changes, like web 2.0, as business opportunities.  The world is changing, so we must go with it.

Bill Strickland ~ Visionary Entrepreneur Speaker

Entrepreneurship at GCC  welcomes Mr. Bill Strickland; Social Architect, Author, Community Leader, Visionary and Entrepreneur.  Mr. Strickland is the President and CEO of Manchester Bidwell, a world-class institute in Pittsburgh devoted to vocational instruction in partnership with big business.  Manchester Bidwell embodies Strickland’s conviction that an atmosphere of high culture and respect will energize even the most troubled students.  He is the author of  “Make the Impossible Possible:  One Man’s Crusade to Inspire Others to Dream Bigger and Achieve the Extraordinary,” the recipient of the MacArthur Foundation’s “Genius Grant,” and the subject of three Harvard Business School case studies.

Bill Strickland talks to Brittany Hayward '11

Strickland believes that every one of us has the potential for remarkable achievement.  Come to Sticht Lecture Hall tonight @ 7:00 pm, and hear him tell how all of us can build on our passions and strengths, dream bigger, set the bar higher, and help mentor and inspire the lives of others!  For more information contact Lynn Stillwaggon 724-458-2003.

Entrepreneurs Find Job Options

The Wall Street Journal reports today on how an increasing number of new graduates are using the skills they are learning in America’s growing field of entrepreneurship education to overcome a difficult job market.

“Faced with an unemployment rate of 16% for 20- to 24-year-olds, a growing number of recent college and grad-school graduates are launching their own companies, according to anecdotal evidence from colleges, universities and entrepreneurship programs around the U.S.” – The Wall Street Journal

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Deploying the Soldier-Entrepreneur

This essay was originally published through the Center for Vision and Values

Earlier this week, President Obama announced his decision to send 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan by mid-2010. The president chose to address the nation from the U.S. Military Academy in front of a large audience of West Point cadets.

While there is still much to be done in the multi-front war against terror, it’s time to start thinking bigger—about the role that those cadets and an entire generation of conflict-tested American military personnel will play. This applies not only on the battlefield, but also in the boardrooms of tomorrow; not simply as an expression of patriotic gratitude, but rather as a conscious strategy of economic pragmatism backed by emerging research.

In their fascinating new book, “Start-Up Nation,” authors Dan Senor and Saul Singe trace the roots of Israel’s economic miracle to the entrepreneurial and improvisational skills developed by its citizenry through compulsory service in the Israeli Defense Force (IDF). Because of Israel’s reserve-dominated, horizontal military structure, its soldiers are often required take more initiative at lower ranks and are forced to multi-task to overcome a scarcity of manpower.

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GCC ENTR Dept. Welcomes Mr. Lynn Swann

The Grove City College Entrepreneurship Department is proud to welcome Mr. Lynn Swann to campus this evening, Wednesday, November 4, 2009.  Mr. Swann will be speaking in Sticht Lecture Hall at 7 PM as part of the 2009-2010 Visionary Entrepreneur Speaker Series.

Attached is some interesting biographical information on Mr. Swann:

Mr. Lynn Swann was born in Alcoa, Tennessee. His family moved to San Mateo, California when he was two years-old, spending summers in Tennessee and getting his education in California.

A star high-school athlete, he earned All-America honors and accepted a scholarship to the University of Southern California (USC). There he played in two Rose Bowls, helped the Trojans win the 1972 national championship, and was elected team captain and most valuable player (MVP) in 1973. He graduated from the USC School of Journalism with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations.

A first round draft choice by the Pittsburgh Steelers, Mr Swann enjoyed a stellar, nine-year NFL-career, playing a critical role in the Steelers four Super Bowl championships, including being named the MVP of Super Bowl X.  He was inducted into the Pro-Footbal Hall of Fame in 2001.  Mr. Swann began a broadcasting career while still active with the Pittsburgh Steelers and moved to a full-time broadcasting career with ABC Sports upon his pro-football retirement in January 1983.Swann_Governor

He was selected NFL Man of the Year in 1981 for his off-the-field contributions to the community. Since 1980 Lynn Swann has been the National Spokesman for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. He now serves on their National Board of Directors and was President of the national board from 1993 to 1995. He has traveled across the country, testified before Congress and visited the White House on behalf of the nation’s premiere one-to-one mentoring organization.

It is this community leadership, along with other qualities, that led President George W. Bush to ask Lynn to serve as the Chairman of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.

Lynn currently sits on the board of directors of H.J. Heinz Company, Hershey Entertainment and Resorts, Harrah’s Entertainment, Empower Software and Transdel Pharmaceuticals. He is also the Managing Director of Diamond Edge Capital Partners, a financial marketing firm.

From 2005-2006 Lynn Swann ran for Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, conducting a very strong and popular campaign.

Visionary Entrepreneur Speaker Series 2009-2010

American Rebirth Through Entrepreneurship

There are few things more American than the entrepreneur, and few educational environments more uniquely American than Grove City College. True to our free economy roots, we champion the rights and responsibilities that come with being an entrepreneur.

Throughout history, entrepreneurs have confronted the challenges of our world – and in doing so, have played a prominent role in the public square. The Grove City Entrepreneurship Department is proud to welcome a distinguished collection of entrepreneurs whose revolutionary innovations and big ideas are contributing to an American economic renaissance.