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Spring Entrepreneur-in-Residence Presentation

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 from 6:15 pm - 7:00 pm
Reid Hall, Room 108

Jeanne Callahan will be the MSU Jake Jabs College of Business & Entrepreneurship (JJCBE)'s Spring Entrepreneur-in-Residence. She is a strategist and business development professional and the owner of Social Enterprise Hub, a consulting practice through which she fosters the development of social enterprises and new business ventures.

Ms. Callahan will give a free public lecture on Wednesday, April 16 at 6:15 pm in Reid Hall 108. Presentation topic: "More than Luck: Why Becoming an Entrepreneur is Not About Winning the Lottery."

Callahan will discuss how people can create a focused approach for becoming an entrepreneur--even while a student. She will also discuss possible career paths that can lead to entrepreneurial opportunities, the benefits of adopting an entrepreneurial attitude, and will dispel the myth of being "lucky" with career choices and opportunities.

Jeanne Callahan has experience working in the private, public, and non-profit sectors across a wide range of industries. For the first part of her career she worked for The Walt Disney Company, Fox Sports Net, AT&T, and several software startup entities, with an emphasis on developing sales and marketing strategies and writing business plans. While living in Denver between 1996 and 2012, she owned and operated a number of businesses, either on her own or in partnership with others. The businesses included a real estate development and construction company, a retail liquor store, a specialty metal fabrication shop, a landscape design and construction business, and a cabinetry business. While she credits the Fortune 500 companies with teaching her business planning skills and marketing savvy, she learned how to buy, sell, expand, and wind down small businesses through trial and error.

Under the auspices of a federal grant from the Economic Development Administration, Ms. Callahan designed and launched a women's entrepreneurship center at the University of Denver Women's College in 2011. The center became a physical and virtual hub for women-owned businesses in the Denver metro area. She later served as an Executive Business Mentor in the Real Business Experience program at Butler University while living in Indianapolis.

Ms. Callahan has an MBA from Columbia University in New York City and a BA in International Studies from Miami University of Ohio.



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