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Forum set for future small business entrepreneurs

Tue, 19 Feb 2013 10:36:14 CST
By: Willis Kern

Forum set for future small business entrepreneurs High school and college students leaning toward a career in small business will get advise from a panel of small business operators in Bloomington-Normal tonight. Erik Prenzler who owns Prenzler Outdoor, helped organize the McLean County Chamber of Commerce event at IWU. He says it's probably best for young people to get experience in the corporate world before heading out on their own.

"Small business is not something you jump into right out of school, whether it be high school or college. You really probably need to get some experience first with a company."
Prenzler says he worked in real estate management for a decade before becoming a broker and eventually owning his own outdoor advertising company. He says it's usually not possible to get a successful company off the ground right off the bat, so he recommends married couples share the financial burden at the outset.

"If you want to start a business, maybe your spouse needs to work and make the money while you get that business going."

Among the other panelists at tonight's event are John McDonnell of Biaggi's Restaurants, who'll discuss getting investors, and Chad Parker of Cybernautic, who'll talk about ways to de-centralize a small business. The event begins at 7 tonight at the Hansen Student Center at IWU.

Panelists for tonight's McLean County Chamber of Commerce forum, "Navigating the Entrepreneur Maze" (7:00-8:30 pm IWU Hansen Student Center, 300 E. Beecher St, Bloomington, IL):

John McDonnell, Biaggi's Restaurants
Chad Parker, Cybernautic
Sherri Chinski, Reiser/Chinski CPA's
Erik Prenzler, Prenzler Outdoor
Harlan Geiser, Integrity Technology
Julie Kubsch, Specs Around Town


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