I’d like to thank the Small Business Development Center of Duquesne University for having me speak recently at the “Venture Into Entrepreneurship” program. The program helps new and aspiring business owners begin on the right foot, and the multi-day class covers everything from legal issues, incorporation, taxes and other topics that are vital to the students.
Take it from someone who has owned a business and guides small- and mid-sized businesses every day — these types of programs are invaluable. It’s very common for a motivated entrepreneur to become frustrated (or fail) once the realities of business ownership sink in.
Bottom line: rely on those who have been there. This is not a spectator sport.