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Tour aims to help entrepreneurs make dreams reality

Thursday, April 29, 2010   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Matthew Montoya
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Arel Moodie has a passion for entrepreneurship. He was still in college when he founded his first company, a Web site to help fellow students find off-campus housing, roommates and sublets. Now 26, Moodie is a business lecturer at his alma mater in New York and a regular on the national speaking circuit. He's also been featured in two books and profiled by national and local news media.

But Moodie is quick to point out that nothing he's accomplished is beyond the reach of his peers.

"Usually, you go to entrepreneurship conferences and the speakers are the Steve Forbeses of the world, somebody in their 50s or 60s," he said. "A lot of young people see them and say, 'That's hot. Twenty years from now I'll think about doing something like that.'

"What we want to do is flip the paradigm and say, 'You could start right now and really be successful.'"

The "we" would be Moodie and partners Sheena Lindahl, 27, and Michael Simmons, 28, published authors and co-founders of the Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour. That's a traveling business conference that is coming to Bakersfield College Thursday. Almost all the speakers are people in their 20s and 30s who are running their own businesses.

Supported by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce and the Kern Community College District's Business Assistance Center, the program is designed for college students, but anyone can go. It's free and open to the public.

Read about Kern Community College District's visit from the Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour Here

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