Volume 95, Issue 72

Friday, February 8, 2002

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Screw jackass bosses - be your own

By Diana McLay
Gazette Writer

For students who think it's hard to find a job, try starting your own business instead.

Backpack 2 Briefcase, a panel presentation organized by the University Students' Council, Student Development Centre and Alumni Western, was held yesterday afternoon in the University Community Centre atrium.

Five panelists who have all succeeded in risky entrepreneurial ventures were featured in the presentation, the object of which was to inform students about owning and operating their own businesses after graduation.

Szejack Tan, a former USC president who started Hotspex.com a product research website said Western provided him with book smarts, but more important were the skills he learned outside the classroom.

"The most important thing is to be passionate about your job," he said, regarding the qualities necessary to be a successful entrepreneur.

Panelist Brian Foster, who graduated from Western with a biology degree in 1991, started his own computer software company specializing in day-to-day business operations programs.

He said there were two things Western gave him. "One is to think critically and two is it got me the jobs," Foster said.

It is important to have a solid plan in order to start a successful business, said the London Small Business Centre's Allan Simm.

He encouraged students who are thinking of starting up their own business to drop by the centre to do research and work out a plan.

Also in attendance at Backpack 2 Briefcase was Sue Glass, owner of the Frilly Lizard and Commander Salamander clothing stores in downtown London.

Glass, unlike the rest of the panel, does not have a post-secondary education and said she came up with the concept of her stores when she was 13, although she was 35 when they first opened.

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