I am approaching this blog entry different than others this semester.
I always welcome student comment on both guest presentations and my blog entries, but I want this one to be dominated by comments/replies from Midwest Entrepeneurs students.
Toward this end, I will provide my very brief thoughts on yesterday’s guest presentation by last-semester Monmouth College senior Jack Donnelly (owner of both the After Dark nightclub and rental properties in downtown Monmouth). Take this and run with it… please! And remember, students, that you are assigned grades for “blog participation” (which many of you have yet to engage in).
What I saw yesterday was a story of ongoing entrepreneurial evolution. Jack Donnelly was inspired to start After Dark less than three years ago by (1) personal frustration in not having adequate local options for underage persons to party and hang-out, and (2) an entrepreneurship class he took here (taught by my Political Economy & Commerce colleague Lee Miller).
Much has happened since then. Having come here only last semester, I have seen but a small portion of Jack’s ongoing entrepreneurial journey. Most of you have seen far more of it than I.
Note that I say “ongoing entrepreneurial journey” despite the fact that Jack told us yesterday that After Dark will be shutting its doors in a little over a week. As you know, he will still be in the rental business. Also, I get the feeling that Jack has “the entrepreneurial bug” and is far from finished as an entrepreneur.
What do you think?