baec meetingSkyline College Career Services Center in collaboration with the Bay Area Entrepreneur Center (BAEC) hosted two presentations on entrepreneurial sustainability. The events were held on Wednesday, September 14 at 9:30 a.m. and again at 10:45 a.m. in Building 4, Room 4273. The purpose of this event was to assist Skyline College students in gaining insight into the methods startup companies use to structure and finance a deal that will yield a more secured and sustainable venture.

The venue featured two speakers: Isaac Reed, Entrepreneur, Owner of Reed Fine Wines, and President of the BAEC Advisory Board, along with Robert Shoffner, Director of the San Mateo Small Business Development Center. Each speaker gave personal insights regarding the start-up of a new business and revealed key elements on the “How To’s” for sustaining a new business. Topics ranged from an explanation of Social Entrepreneurship to how to find Venture Capital Funding Sources, to aspects of consideration before pitching to Venture Capitalists, and much more.

During the session, students were able to engage with the speakers by asking pertinent questions, receive advice in developing the appropriate mind-set for becoming an entrepreneur, and receive examples of successful businesses.

Future entrepreneurial sustainability events have been scheduled on the following days and times:

  • Tuesday, October 25 from 11:25 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. in Building 7, Room 7-115
  • Monday, October 31 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Building 8, Room 8-306

The final event for the Entrepreneurial Sustainability lecture will be held on Thursday, November 3, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the BAEC located at 458 San Mateo Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066. This event is the culminating experience in the series and will include a workshop on how to develop a portfolio for your new start-up. This is an opportunity for students to learn from successful entrepreneurs about social entrepreneurship and key elements on new start-up sustainability.

Article by Eilene Williams