Learning to become an entrepreneur

Students as a whole come to college with big dreams but may not be sure how to get there. Some may say, “I will become a great actor, or a great musician,” while others may hope to have their own business someday. The Entrepreneurship Club at Richland helps students reach those dreams.

“Concerning my entrepreneurship interest, it all began when I was about 11 years old,” said Haroon Mudesir, co-president of the Entrepreneurship Club.

“I started selling snacks and candies at my school for the sole purpose of buying the new iPod that had been recently released at the time.”

Club members from left to right: Haroon Mudesir and Javier Santillan (co-presidents), Dianna Vo, Noor Kamel, Jaggan Jestine, Francine Lalaque and Gregory Ferrara.

Club members from left to right: Haroon Mudesir and Javier Santillan (co-presidents), Dianna Vo, Noor Kamel, Jaggan Jestine, Francine Lalaque and Gregory Ferrara.

The Entrepreneurship Club at Richland was created to lift young people’s spirits and encourage them to nurture the entrepreneur hidden within. The club is managed by students who include the co-presidents, a media representative and treasurer who are determined to assist club members, learn about what’s required to become an entrepreneur.

Monthly meetings include activities such as personality tests that help students to learn about their strengths and weaknesses and how well their personalities may adapt to roles in big business, investments and entrepreneurship.

“After noticing the small successes I had [selling snacks], I began thinking more and more about other types of businesses,” Mudesir said. “Later on, during my freshman year of high school, I started selling limited-edition sneakers and apparel, which created insight to others with my mindset. Waiting in line for new apparel and sneakers was a way for me to network.”

The Entrepreneurship Club is for students who aspire to start their own business ventures and are interested in learning from their predecessors. Small business owners and successful entrepreneurs are invited to share their experiences with the club, discuss their journey, the difficulties they faced, the resources they acquired and the mindset they needed. Students are given the opportunity to ask questions and find encouragement from people who, just years before, were in the same shoes of developing business ideas and have since become successful entrepreneurs.

To join the Entrepreneurship Club, students should send an email to kevinwortley@dcccd.edu to find information about upcoming meetings and procedures.