The Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour comes to Columbus State University

Columbus State University’s Turner College of Business brings the nation-wide Extreme Entrepreneurship Collegiate Tour to the Davidson Student Center April 17.

The fair is 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

The keynote speakers are with the national Extreme Entrepreneurship Education organization.

Extreme Entrepreneurship co-founder Sheena Lindahl's workshop is "How to Start a Business."

A panel discussion featuring successful local business owners including Carla Plazas, New Life Tanning Centers; Kiki Seda, A1 Postage Meters and Ashley Hatcher, Archer Innovation is another part of this tour.

The closing lunch and networking session will involve 15 more small business owners like Tracy Schoeneer, Plato's Closet and Al Barber, Al Barber's Driving School.

“The panel discussion and networking session will give students and community members a sense of the variety of small businesses (500 or fewer employees) that are out there, particularly here in Columbus,” said event director Kirk Heriot, CSU associate professor of management and the Ray and Evelyn Crowley Endowed Chair of Entrepreneurship.

Hatcher, a former pharmaceutical representative, launched her business after patenting the non-slip serving tray that sells worldwide as “The Lapper.”

Most of today's top entrepreneurs do not have business backgrounds, Heriot said.

"The tour reflects this reality by reaching across academic disciplines with a vision for students to earn their degrees with an entrepreneurial mindset regardless of theircareer paths … Subsequently, this type of program works to keep young, creative people in the local community.”

The tour features some of America’s top young entrepreneurs — individuals who have established and sold companies for millions before age 30. This includes Lindahl and her Extreme Entrepreneurship co-founder Michael Simmons.

“Students particularly tend to find the age of the tour’s speakers refreshing and inspirational,” said Heriot, who teaches courses for CSU including “Small Business and Entrepreneurship for Non-Business Majors” and “Small Business Management.

The event is free. For more information, go to http://www.extremetour.org or contact Heriot at 706-565-1674 or heriot_kirk@colstate.edu