Global Entrepreneurship Week allows IDEA Bank to focus on student development

Lynne George, IDEA Bank Director, talks pitch competitions with entrepreneurs during Global Entrepreneurship Week.

Lynne George, IDEA Bank Director, talks pitch competitions with entrepreneurs during Global Entrepreneurship Week.

The IDEA Bank at Troy University has just wrapped up its annual entrepreneurship week for students to further their knowledge in the world of business. 

SBDC at TROY Director Juliana Bolivar covers the essentials of business start ups during Entrepreneurship Week at the IDEA Bank. (TROY photo/Aliza Chambers)
SBDC at TROY Director Juliana Bolivar covers the essentials of business start ups during Entrepreneurship Week at the IDEA Bank. (TROY photo/Aliza Chambers)

“We offer resources and support to entrepreneurs on a daily basis but this week is our opportunity to shout it from the rooftops and promote what we do… and what entrepreneurs do,” said Lynne George, IDEA Bank director. 

To kick off the week, students were able to visit the idea bank and network with Troy women in business. The opportunity allowed for young entrepreneurs to hear from more experienced business owners and meet with other students who are also in the early stages of their careers. 

Tuesday welcomed several guest speakers from local businesses for a digital promotion section and panel. The panel was able to share their experiences with business and answer questions from those in attendance. 

“I want to have a great relationship with my customers. I want them to have a good experience,” said Adam Vinson, owner of Fuse Coffee. Vinson explained how he had several jobs before finally having a business of his own. He started with restaurant management, playing in a traveling band, and even working in the bread business.

Reseller and retailer Grace Willis talks about maximizing sales through digital promotion. (TROY photo/Aliza Chambers)
Reseller and retailer Grace Willis talks about maximizing sales through digital promotion. (TROY photo/Aliza Chambers)

The panel gave students the opportunity to be interactive with each speaker and ask their own questions. “This panel sparked something inside of me that made me start thinking of business ideas of my own. This seminar really showed me that all business owners start with a safer option until the right timing comes along for them to take bigger risks,” said Sommer Cornelius, a freshman exercise science major from Luverne.

Later in the week, Juliana Bolivar, director of the Small Business Development Center at TROY, gave a seminar on business finance essentials. Bolivar started her own business as a 16-year-old and shared her experiences and what she wishes she knew sooner from pricing and brand strategies to staying on top of taxes and transactions.

The IDEA Bank is available to help students year-round and hosts entrepreneurship week every November. For more information students can go to their website and stay updated through their student email.

Student entrepreneurs listen to tips on how to pitch their business concepts. (TROY photo/Aliza Chambers)
Student entrepreneurs listen to tips on how to pitch their business concepts. (TROY photo/Aliza Chambers)
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