Sonoma State University is hosting a conference dedicated to connecting entrepreneurs with aspiring student and community innovators on Nov. 20. The networking and entrepreneurship conference is focused on the theme, "Be Your Own Boss," and is open to the public 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom.
Speakers include a keynote address by Tommy Dunehew, Boeing's Vice President of Business Development; Morty Wiggins, former Vice President of Bill Graham Presents and General Manager of A&M Records; James Eisenberg, software and services entrepreneur and Chief Executive Officer of WhiteHotCloud, a legacy-to-cloud migration company; and Justin Eterovich, owner of Blacklist Watches and SSU alum ('14). The SSU Entrepreneurship Conference is sponsored by the Community for Entrepreneurial Leadership and Learning at SSU, and Entreprenoma, a student-run, co-curricular organization established to support entrepreneurs.
"Our goal is to inform people about what it means to be an entrepreneur and help them develop a 'can-do' mindset to accomplish their goals," says Darren Fong, Business Major and Chief Operating Officer of Entreprenoma. "First-hand stories of successes and challenges will help attendees understand the concepts, processes and skills associated with identifying new ideas, opportunities and methods to create or start a new project or venture."
Dean of the School of Business and Economics Bill Silver says entrepreneurial energy, behaviors and thinking are the lifeblood of any thriving economy. "Our role as the region's entrepreneurial epicenter goes beyond programs or graduating someone with an entrepreneurship degree," he says. "Our aim with activities like this is to inspire and infuse entrepreneurial spirit among students and throughout our communities."
For more information visit www.sonoma.edu/sbe or call 707-664-2220.