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Student Insights for Entrepreneur Interviews

Entrepreneur insights and perceptions related to their businesses were obtained through interviews conducted by students. Student insights and reflections regarding the interview process are shown on this page.

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This project really help me, because there are a lot of things that I didn’t know that some of the outside signs for a venue need to meat certain regulations on height as well as colors and lighting. Also how to establish a good name, and reputation for that name with; clients as well as contractors, and other business. When starting a name for your company, make sheer that you stand by that name and fallow up on all your business transactions as well as anything that is gong on with your business. If something goes wrong it’s on you. Try to always have a competitive advantage, by keeping up with trends and what is going on around the averment of your business. Also keeping up with all the codes and laws that way your company is not doing something that can close down your business.
Date Submitted: 2013-04-25 22:51:33

The most meaningful thing about this project to me has been, how a hobby or something one enjoys doing can turn into the business unintentionally. It has really motivated me to start my own business. It has really changed the way I feel about starting my own business. In a way i feel less scared to do it. I've learned a lot from this experience and has opened my eyes to believing it is possible to do what I enjoy doing. Seeing how this person has come a long way.
Learning from a person who has only been in business a year has thought me a lot. One thing I learned was how many possibilities one has to open our own business. A year is a short time but this person has learned a lot. And is now running a growing business that can become his only full time job. Being able to take an opportunity and turning into something that can maybe in a future provide for me while enjoying what I do really motivates me. And brings me to the conclusion of what I want to do.
Date Submitted: 2013-04-25 22:54:47

What was most meaningful to me about this project is that I got to ask questions to someone that I might never have done before. I got to learn about something that we have been learning about in class and just having been able to put everything together. It also helped me see why some people do what they do because of something they love. This also helped me to look for any potential problems that I should look forward to, so I won't get blindsided by them, and that I can fix or prevent them. It also helped me to see how to find and use money, vendors, and customers.
Date Submitted: 2013-04-25 23:06:00

What I found most meaningful about this project was that I got an insight of what the industry I want to get into looks like. I thought hey once I have this degree I will be able to do whatever I want a succeeded in it with no problems. But in reality I need to also observe the industry closely to see what I can do better than what will one day be my competition. When I thought to myself what am I think I will never be able to open a business but this man was my inspiration. Although he was very brief with some answers, I know that he gave me enough to make me want to jump out of my chair and go out and meet more people in the baking industry. This man never went to college or even high school so to me I was shocked that he was able to start up a business and be very successful with it.
I also never thought that I would be talking to Entrepreneur at my age. I never had the guts to go and talk to people. Now I understand what it is like to be more open and to not be afraid to ask people questions. Not all people are mean and some people you meet can be great mentors in the industry if I decide to proceed with my plans of opening a café one day. I have a better picture of what I want to create. I wish I had the money right now to start up my own business. That’s how much this interview project has inspired me.
Date Submitted: 2013-04-25 23:33:43

I think that having the chance to interview an existing entrepreneur and have him give me pointers on what I can do If I want to become a business owner is the greatest thing that I got to do. I think that all his ideas are good and they can actually help an aspiring entrepreneur. I believe that this project helped me see what I can do better and what I should not do if I want to be successful as an entrepreneur. By doing this project I think that we can all see that not all entrepreneurs are the same and that each has something that just sets them apart from the rest.

As someone that wants to learn more about business I would say that this project helped me understand a little bit more about the challenges that entrepreneurs face on an everyday basis. I think that having someone to tell you that it is not that easy to be a business owner, helps by making you think about what you can do better in order to become successful. This just gave me new ideas to think about and also insight on what I can do to start my own business and stay afloat as an entrepreneur. I think that his view on new technologies is great advice that can actually be helpful for people who want to be innovative. This project planted a seed in my mind that later on might just help me when I begin my own business.
Date Submitted: 2013-04-25 23:43:07

There are two things in this project that were meaningful the most to me. First one is how a formal, business-type and professional interview is conducted. With the guild lines I received in class, I learned that it is necessary to send the questions that you will ask to your interviewee in advance, so that your interviewee could prepare a more detailed, accurate answer. Detailed information will be very helpful to you when you are trying to do a summarization. This experience will definitely improve my business manners in the future.

The second thing that was most meaningful to me is the answer of questions 8, advice to aspiring entrepreneur. The answer not only included several useful suggestions before one start a company but also the tips for people who are at the start-up stage of the business. Since I am already running a company, the last few tips seem very helpful to me. Because it is easy for me, a fresh start entrepreneur, to spend more time on a high profit rate case than a low profit rate case. Luckily, after learning the tip from the interview, I understand that not only the potential a case is unpredictable as long as you “take care” of them carefully but also treating all of my cases the same way will improve my quality of services to my clients.
Date Submitted: 2013-04-25 23:56:04

I was raised in a period that was in the 70's; when the union played a very strong role in the work force. My father was a shop steward for his local International Brothers of Electrical Workers (IBEW1070); although, the union played an important role of keeping to the contract, my father taught us the importance of his employer. My father use to tell us, "I'm an electrician, and I make very good money, but if work was slow and my boss told me to go wash his car, I would go wash his car." The one thing that was completely opposite from a union enforcing, "it is not in my contract!".
When starting this project, I had a sense of what it was to run a business; however, after spending a day with [name removed] my sense, became a very small taste. The insight to see, not only the physical labor that was involved, but to feel the emotional labor that goes into a business. There are many aspects to running a business, more than any classroom, teacher, very good teacher at that, could teach you, but the lessons that can only be taught by having the actual hands on that school can not teach you. The day to day challenges, especially the unexpected challenges.
The challenge of succeeding are the intentions of becoming an entrepreneur, and the ultimate goal is to make money and succeed. But the ultimate challenge is to realize that not only do you carry your lively hood, but the lively hood of others, and not just your employees, but everyone that has a part to play in your business and you becoming the source of income; the source of income for many people. That is the challenge that lies on one's shoulders. It is were a heart needs to be. It is were I see the "Big Picture!"
Date Submitted: 2013-04-30 01:27:23

- what was most meaningful to me about the project was the time i was able to spend with the person i interviewed. My aunt is one of four co-owners of their business. the second most important thing to me about the project would be the knowledge that i gained from interviewing her. she was able to teach me about certain operations on how to run this specific kind of business. for instance she taught me that in order to run or even be apart of a telephone communications business you must have personal leads to start with. if not having any personal leads it will make it a bit tougher to get a running start with the business.

Had been givin the opportunity to Interview an Entrepreneur already gave me way more motivation to start my own business. I have ideas of what i would like to start, but those are just ideas. Reminding myself that all business's started from an idea inspires me to go out and achieve. my aunt really put owning a business in a clear and healthy way that i would be dumb not to go out their and at least give it a go. The only way to ever prevail is to try.i am now looking into what i need to get ready to start and per-sue my own art business. The project really helped me get a bigger and more clear understanding of what its like and what it takes to be an entrepreneur. Thanks to the project i will be starting my business sooner then later.
Date Submitted: 2013-05-01 18:57:11

Doing this project was a lot of fun and I really enjoyed it. I got to see how ideas come up and ho ideas flourish from people’s minds. I can honestly say the Monica Plascencia is an amazing person and has many innovative ideas when it comes to food that comes from the traditional Mexican food. As a bonus she gave me a look at her next creation and something that she will add to the menu as soon as summer hits really hard.
This project has given me a whole new look at business me being a music major I always thought that running a business would be simple. But I have learned that it is just as difficult if not more difficult than playing music. It actually gave me the motivation of actually opening a business of my own one day maybe a pizza place like the one I work in now but with my own name. In all honesty this is one of the best projects I have done during my college stay here at Mt. Sac.
Date Submitted: 2013-05-01 22:38:11

The most meaningful aspect of this project was discovering about my interviewee’s historical background and how his life changed for the better here in the USA. During the interview, the entrepreneur managed to allude to his previous life as an American immigrant as well as a Cambodian refugee. Apparently, the entrepreneur experienced terrorism due to national conflict with communism. In communism, theoretically, the poor undermines the rich and restructures the government in order to fit the needs of the populace. The entrepreneur was not able to establish a safe and secure life in Cambodia because the communist either persecuted people in public or forced work in labor camps. Fortunately however, he escaped to Thailand and eventually settled into the USA.
The entrepreneur shared his story with me because he wanted to expose to me the fortune of being born and living here in the USA. Here, freedom of speech and free market capitalism coexisted in order to create a prosperous society for each individual. Although my interviewee was originally a non-US citizen, he was committed and devoted to living the American dream by working for other Asian restaurants. After acquiring enough knowledge and skills as a cook, he finally established his own Asian restaurant and achieved financial success. Although I am not an immigrant or a refugee, I must not take my education for granted for I have the utmost potential to achieve financial success, to live the American life, and to settle down with a new family.
Date Submitted: 2013-05-03 00:45:19

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