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President and CEO of Vitamix, Jodi Berg, will kick off the Fall 2016 Entrepreneurship Series of events on Sept. 13 at 6:30 p.m. The series of lectures and workshops, started in 2008, are held at the Hudson Library & Historical Society and sponsored by the Burton D. Morgan Foundation in Hudson. Berg will discuss her career trajectory and rise to CEO, and her role in transforming Vitamix into a major global brand.
The Entrepreneurship Series continues with Hudson-based company a-roi group, here to discuss succession planning on Sept. 27 at 6:30 p.m. Creating a succession plan is an important part of planning for the future for you and your business. It can help you identify and develop internal people with the potential to fill key business leadership positions in the company. A succession plan can lead you to better judgement calls rather than erratic reactions.
Katherine Burik will teach how to leverage LinkedIn for small businesses on Oct. 11 at 6:30 p.m. Burik is the founder of the Interview Doctor blog, where she coaches candidates looking for jobs and companies interested in improving their HR and talent processes. She is a member of the Society of Human Resource Managers, the Association for Talent Development, the International Coach Federation and the Worldwide Association of Business Coaches.
Tips and techniques on using the latest version of accounting software QuickBooks will be explained in a two-part workshop from the author of numerous textbooks on the subject, Terri Brunsdon, CPA, MT, JD, on Oct. 24 and Oct. 26, both at 6:30 p.m. Space is limited for these popular workshops co-sponsored by Akron SCORE.
Jan Gusich, CEO of Hudson-based AKHIA, will present Five Myths about Entrepreneurs on Nov. 1 at 6:30 p.m. Glorified by the media, entrepreneurs are often thought to be yacht-riding, carefree, risk-taking mavericks. While that is certainly true in some instances, most are hard-working, conservative, paranoid planners. Jan discusses five myths about entrepreneurs in a light-hearted look at what it takes to grow a successful business in today's ultra-competitive age.
As part of the city of Hudson's celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week (Nov. 14-20), the library will offer a "Community Read" of the New York Times bestselling book, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth. A must-read for anyone striving to succeed, Grit is full of valuable insights into achieving your goals. There will be multiple copies of the book available both at the Hudson Library and at The Learned Owl Book Shop. The library will host a book discussion on Nov. 14 at 6:30 p.m. Details to come.
The fourth annual "Pitch Night" will be held on Nov. 15 at 6:30 p.m. during Global Entrepreneurship Week to conclude the Fall 2016 series. The competition has entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas to a panel of expert judges. Participants will need to apply online for one of the ten 10-minute time slots available for this "shark tank" style program. Online applications will be accepted starting Oct. 10, and must be received by Oct. 31. A $3,000 cash prize will be awarded to the first-place winner, second place will receive $1,500 and third place will receive $500. The public is welcome to participate as a member of the audience and watch the competition. Visit www.hudsonlibrary.org for details.
Visit www.hudsonlibrary.org for the full listing of entrepreneurship events. Programs are free, with registration available online or by calling 330-653-6658 ext. 1010. In addition to these events, the library will also be offering instructional classes in the library's second-floor computer lab on a variety of tech tools for small business.