Thursday, February 21, 2013

Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour in West Plains March 6 Encourages Students to Create their Own Jobs

Contact: Willis Mushrush, business development specialist
Tel: (417) 256-2391

Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour in West Plains March 6 Encourages Students to Create their Own Jobs
The Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour will visit the West Plains Civic Center, 110 St. Louis St., West Plains, Mo., from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on March 6 to expose students and community members to the opportunities entrepreneurship provides.

In partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Campaign for Free Enterprise, the tour will inspire students and members of the community to look at entrepreneurship as a viable career path. Both students and community members are invited to take part in the day’s events.

The Tour is sponsored by YouthBiz, a cooperative program between Ozark Heritage Region and University of Missouri Extension.

The coordinating team for this event is comprised of several member agencies represented by: Willis Mushrush, University of Missouri Extension; Stephanie Null, Ozark Action, Inc.; Cathy Proffitt-Boys, Missouri State University-West Plains; Darrell Hampsten, Small Business & Technology Development Center at MSU-West Plains; Anita Parrett King, Downtown West Plains, Inc.; Kyle Walker, South Central Ozark Council of Governments; Myles Smith, Howell-Oregon Electric Cooperative; and Kris Norman, Split Oak Logistics Center.

This will be the second time in as many years that the tour has come to West Plains. Almost 500 people attended last year’s event.

The Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour – the first ever collegiate entrepreneur tour – includes keynotes, exhibits, workshops, and question-and-answer sessions led by the country’s most successful young entrepreneurs. The tour was created in 2006 to expose young people to entrepreneurship. In more than 200 events in 35 states, the tour has featured many of the country’s top young entrepreneurs who have built or sold successful companies for over $1 million before the age of 30.

The Campaign for Free Enterprise is the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's comprehensive, multiyear campaign to support free enterprise and entrepreneurship through national advertising; grassroots advocacy; citizen, community, and youth engagement; and research and ideas leadership.


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