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Business, marketing students participate in KSU's 'Entrepreneurship Extravaganza'

 Tallmadge High School business and marketing students from Kim Brendel, Joni Giles and Lisa Haller's classes participated in Kent State University's seventh annual Entrepreneurship Extravaganza Oct. 24 at the Kent State Student Center.

Students first heard a presentation titled, "Leadership, Integrity and Success," presented by Nobby Lewandowski. Lewandowski, a former professional baseball player, founded one of the largest accounting firms in Northeast Ohio.

Ryan Bergdorf, a senior in the THS marketing program, participated in the presentation by dancing to and singing the Village People song "YMCA."

Next, the program featured an innovative experience called the Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour which featured EJ Carrion and Duane Spires. Carrion, best-selling author of the book "Accelerate Your Success: How to Create a Future and Stand Out When College is Not Enough," discussed his main entrepreneurial venture, the Student Success Academy, a modern coaching solution that helps high school students leverage their education and build a personalized plan to defeat the current issues in the economy and in their own life. Spires is the creator of Extreme Youth Sports Inc.

Both speakers encouraged students to act on their personal and business goals to enable them to have a successful future. The Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour teaches students how to break through their personal roadblocks and fears so they can start highly successful businesses.

The Extravaganza concluded with lunch and an interactive student entrepreneur panel moderated by Jeff Hoffman, co-founder of Priceline.com.

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