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Entrepreneurship Week returns Oct. 17-18

Simply defined, an entrepreneur is “a person who starts a business and is willing to risk loss in order to make money.” But is that all there is to entrepreneurship?

On Oct. 17 and 18, The Duree Center for Entrepreneurship at the The John W. Hammond Institute for Free Enterprise at Lindenwood University presents Entrepreneurship Week 2018 featuring “Conversations with Clifton L. Taulbert,” an international lecturer, entrepreneur and Pulitzer-nominated author. 

Clifton L. Taulbert

Three events are featured. 

On Wednesday, Oct. 17 at the Lunch with Leaders program sponsored by the Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce, Taulbert will discuss “Entrepreneurial Thinking: The Big Picture.” Held at Bogey Hills Country Club, 1120 Country Club Drive, this event requires registration at gstccc.com or by calling (636) 946-0633. Doors open at 10:30 with the program beginning at 11 a.m.

Later that day, Taulbert presents “Entrepreneurial Thinking: The Game Changer” to Ice House Entrepreneurship Program alumni, students and community leaders. The Ice House program is inspired by Taulbert’s life and his book, “Who Owns the Ice House? Eight Life Lessons from an Unlikely Entrepreneur.” The program enables participants to learn from the first-hand experience of successful real-world entrepreneurs. Registration is not required for this event that takes place in Dunseth Auditorium in Harmon Hall on the campus of Lindenwood University, 209 S. Kingshighway. The program begins at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 17 and ends at 8:15 p.m. Seats in the auditorium are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

On Thursday, Oct. 18 the public is invited to attend a Business Ethics Panel co-hosted with the Rotary Club of St. Charles. From 11 a.m.-12:45 p.m., the panel will explore real-life ethical dilemmas experienced by local business professionals and include firsthand, personal approaches to resolution. Taulbert joins a panel that includes Sara Wiedman, Lindenwood’s assistant vice president of enrollment management; John Sondag, former president of AT&T Missouri; and John Clark, president and CEO of Masterclock, who will serve as the panel moderator. This event is free, but seats are available in Dunseth Auditorium in Harmon Hall on a first-come, first-served basis. A buffet lunch will be served.

Taulbert says he “could have failed had he not encountered community builders and entrepreneurial thinkers early on in his life.” He was born on the Mississippi Delta during the era of legal segregation. There, he completed his secondary education and dreamed of becoming successful. 

His first book, “Once Upon A Time When We Were Colored,” was written as stories that became his solace during his years in the U.S. Air Force in the Vietnam era. “Once Upon A Time” became a national best seller and major motion picture – and was followed by two more books based on those stories.

Today, Taulbert is the president and CEO of the Freemount Corporation [a human capital development company] and the president and CEO of Roots Java Coffee, an African-American-owned national coffee brand.

Entrepreneurship Week is sponsored, in part, by Mid Rivers Newsmagazine.

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