Graduate a CEO

Why College Is the Perfect Time to Start Your Business

College students ordinarily have more spare time than graduates and are fortunate to have access to campus resources and creative thinkers. It’s the perfect time to become an entrepreneur. Join Jim Hunter, the Bostrom Entrepreneur-in-Residence who has taught entrepreneurship over the past three decades, as he speaks with business owners who have successfully built their businesses in college. If you’re looking to learn what it takes to make your business boom in school and beyond, this is the podcast for you, Graduate a CEO, with Jim Hunter.

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Jim Hunter

Jim Hunter is the Bostrom Entrepreneur-in-Residence and has taught entrepreneurship courses at the Lubar School of Business since the late 1990s. He is the past president/managing member of three companies, CFO of one company, Executive Vice President of one company, and director of three companies/organizations. Jim has mentored students and others as they have purchased or started a business. His objective has been to help entrepreneurs to create successful businesses.

Jim, himself, bought a failing business early in his career and he worked, unsuccessfully, to turn the company around. He lost everything he owned except for a car and a home with a mortgage. Family members went to work as Jim started three activities to make income to support the family (started a distribution company to sell the products previously sold in his failed business; started a management consulting business to help small businesses; started teaching at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.)

After starting several businesses, Jim sold two of them for significant profits. He continues teaching, acting as an advisor to individuals starting and running companies, and serving on free-market-oriented non-profit boards.