Missouri Western’s third annual Entrepreneurship Week was a huge success attracting more than 800 participants over five days. This year’s event featured several networking events and seminars on a variety of topics including how-to sessions on Quickbooks, Excel, social media marketing and more.

Entrepreneurs of all ages attended and learned from the week-long events.  High Schoolers participated in the day-long MECA Challenge.  University students had the opportunity to spend time with Steve Craig for a question-and-answer session.

The week concluded with the Capstone Luncheon featuring guest speaker Wayne Chatham ’90, who challenged attendees to overcome the five fears most common to entrepreneurs. Chatham, who has had a very successful career through owning multiple businesses, with one of them starting and growing the gift card industry.  Chatham compared building and growing his business with his time spent as a basketball player at Missouri Western.  He also encouraged business owners to hire Griffons because of the quality of Missouri Western graduates.

“Entrepreneurship Week was started in our effort to support the entrepreneurs of our region,” said Annette Weeks, director for Missouri Western’s Center for Entrepreneurship.  “Every year it continues to grow in attendance, helping and supporting more new business owners.”

Mark your calendars for next year’s Entrepreneurship Week, scheduled for March 25-29, 2019.  Sponsored by the Craig School of Business Center for Entrepreneurship, Don Tolly American Family Insurance Agency and Sumner, Carter, Hardy & Schwichtenberg, PC