2012 Entrepreneurship Day

MCC's 2012 E-Challenge photo

 MCC's 2012 E-Challenge photo

MCC's 2012 E-Challenge photo

MCC's 2012 E-Challenge photo


Muscatine Community College held it's first Entrepreneurship Day on March 29, 2012.

The first Entrepreneurship Day consisted of presentations by area business owners and entrepreneurs. The keynote, 'The Need for the Next Big Idea, Global Competition for Jobs' was presented by the President of MG Consulting LLC, Martin Carver.

Martin G. Carver is the former chairman of the board and chief executive officer and President of Bandag, Incorporated, a Muscatine, Iowa-based company that provided retreading materials, equipment and tire management services to franchised dealers in more than 100 countries.

Student attendees also participated in a 'Guided Tour Where We've Been'. A group of 5 panelists guided the students in groups of 10 on a tour of the Muscatine History and Industry Center. It’s impossible to know where you’re going as a community until you have a grasp on where you’ve been.

Other sessions students attended:

  • Small Business 2012 – Brick and Mortar?
    Chris Anderson, President/CEO

    Anderson Financial Group and Neighborhood Marketing

    25 years ago you wouldn’t think of a business that didn’t have a storefront, now you would be hard-pressed to find a business that doesn’t use the internet for at least part of their business plan and some do their entire business online. Chris will talk about cyber-business and start a discussion about what impact that has on American towns like Muscatine.
  • History/Tour of Pearl Plaza
    Entrepreneurship in Action
    Tom & Ann Meeker

    See and hear about the amazing entrepreneurs who call the Pearl Plaza home. What drives Ann and Tom to invest in downtown? What is their vision for the future?

  •  Small Business Panel & Workshop - Where We’re Going
    High School Students Depart for School

    MCC students work with the panel of small business owners on topics students submit ahead of time. This is a facilitated workshop meant to give students unlimited access to likeminded professionals. It’s intended for networking, open sharing of ideas, Q&A, and brainstorming.

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