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So, You Want to be an Entrepreneur?

Presenters: Steve Morris and Mark Wingate
Date: 25 April 2014
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 PM EDT


Entrepreneurship is increasingly seen as an alternative to working for someone else. It is a difficult, but a potentially rewarding experience. This webinar will provide an overview on entrepreneurship. The presenters will focus on what does it take to be an entrepreneur, how do you start and the presenters will address common myths regarding the idyllic entrepreneur lifestyle. The speaker will also provide personal commentary on what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur.

About the Presenter

Steve Morris is the Executive Director of OTBC, the Oregon Technology Business Center, a non-profit incubator for technology startup companies. He is a veteran of three investor-funded start-ups and two business-unit startups inside larger companies, and has more than 30 years of management experience in the software, service, and semiconductor test industries at companies such as Hewlett Packard, Integrated Measurement Systems, Cadence Design Systems, Mentor Graphics, Credence Corporation and Teseda Corporation. With hands-on startup CEO/founder experience, he has a broad understanding of startup issues, and an excellent ability to explain even complex startup topics in clear, easy-to-understand way. At OTBC, he has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs start and grow companies, and has developed a large inventory of startup workshops and practical startup tools. He holds a B.A. in mathematics from Reed College and a Masterís of Science degree from Carnegie-Mellon University Graduate School of Industrial Administration (now The Tepper School of Business).

Mark Wingate is the Chairman of the Board for Maxi Volt Corporation; an electronics manufacturing company whose sales and services span the globe doing business in dozens of countries on five continents. He is a third generation entrepreneur, and a serial entrepreneur having formed to date five successful companies. He has invented and designed dozens of electronic devices used worldwide; holds U.S. Patents.

Professionally, he has also developed grounding systems for numerous companies, including Southwestern Bell, Baptist Hospitals, Enron, Texas Instruments, and CBS; Designed and/or assisted in theory and design of electrical power systems for, but not limited to, the petrochemical, mining, lumber, transportation, utilities, weapons, artificial lift, healthcare, telecommunications, and agriculture industries. He has provided hundreds of technical training seminars concerning grounding, and power quality, including numerous Fortune 500 companies.

As a volunteer, Mark is presently the Chair for IEEE USAís Entrepreneurs Activity Committee (EAC) , Chair of NEMAís Business Innovation Council, and a long term Advisory Board member of West Texas A&M University Enterprise Center. He has helped hundreds of Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs around the globe, and presently active in the interface of Small Business with the Federal Government.

This success can be directly attributed to the practical, common-sense methodology Mark maintains. The means of mentoring and leadership he affords his employees encourages logical, outside-the-box, progressive thinking. Impartiality and equality are heavily practiced; each voice is highly valued and factored into every equation. Trust and teambuilding are also of utmost importance.

Although he attended college, Mark has no formal degree, but has turned down three honorary PhDís out of respect to the students of those institutions. He feels education can be learned both in institutions and in the world. He Claims a PhD from the College of Hard Knocks, and agrees he would rather team with someone with less experience, less education, and less expertise, than someone who has more of those things and has a abhorrent attitude. He states people can learn how to lead, and be creative, but you canít change their DNA.


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