Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour Visits Mason

Posted: November 9, 2010 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 8, 2010 at 4:24 pm

Arel Moodie, co-owner of the Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour, makes a point. Creative Services photo

The U.S. Chamber’s Campaign for Free Enterprise partnered with the Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour and iMADdu (I Make a Difference, Do You?) in its latest stop on Nov. 4 at Mason to inspire and educate students about how to create their own jobs in the midst of a difficult economic climate.

The country’s top young entrepreneurs and successful local entrepreneurs — all under the age of 30 — shared their personal success stories, inspiring audiences to outline plans of action that will define their entrepreneurial paths.

Mason President Alan Merten opened the event with Thomas J. Donohue, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Among the presenters were Mason alumnus Tom Moore, BA Government and International Politics ’06 and co-founder of ROCS College Student Staffing, and PhD student Mona Salisbury, assistant director of the Mason Small Business Development Center and founder of iMADdu, a nonprofit based in Fairfax, Va., that empowers the next generation of entrepreneurs by providing hands-on experiences through apprenticeships that impact the local small business community.

“We launched the Campaign for Free Enterprise a year ago with the mission of creating 20 million jobs over the next 10 years,” said Rick Corcoran, senior adviser of the U.S. Chamber’s Campaign for Free Enterprise. “It will take the dreams and determination from students here at George Mason University and around the country to help turn this goal into a reality.”

Cheryl Cordingley, events apprentice at iMADdu (I make a difference, do you?) addresses the crowd. Creative Services photo

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