September 22, 2010

Moltz to kick off entrepreneurship speaker series

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The new “Where Great Minds & Big Ideas Connect Speaker Series” from Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Entrepreneurship and Business Development unit offers the opportunity to learn how to be successful in business from those who are succeeding.

“A Crazy Evening with Barry Moltz,” from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 7, kicks off the series. The presentation is at the Newell House Grotto, 201 E. Main St. in Carbondale.

“We are very excited to launch the entrepreneurship speaker series. Being able to have our regional business owners network and learn from others who have walked in the same shoes is just another way for us to cultivate the entrepreneurial spirit in Southern Illinois. Our first speaker, Barry Moltz, will be a fantastic kick-off for the series. Barry is a high-energy, no-nonsense entrepreneur and will kick things off with a keynote tapping into his latest book, ‘BAM! Bust a Myth Delivering Customer Service in a Self-Service World.’ If there is one topic that is a common theme for ALL businesses, it is the importance of customer service,” said Emily Carter, director of entrepreneurship and business development at SIUC.

As an expert on entrepreneurship, Moltz has numerous television and radio appearances to his credit. He is also author or co-author of three books about business: “You Need to be a Little Crazy: The Truth About Starting and Growing Your Business,” “Bounce, Failure, Resiliency and the Confidence to Achieve Your Next Great Success,” and “BAM! Delivering Customer Service in a Self-Service World.” Printed multiple times and in several languages, his books have found a worldwide audience. Topics include the emotional trials of running a business, developing business confidence, and how customer service positively impacts marketing.

With many years of entrepreneurship experience acquired through his own business ventures and as a consultant for numerous other entrepreneurs, Moltz specializes in getting business owners to unlock their forgotten potential and help their businesses grow. His audiences range from crowds of 20 to 2,000 and he’s a member of the University of Illinois Chicago’s Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame.

He hosts his own radio show, “Business Insanity Talk Radio” and writes regular blogs for the “Chicago Tribune’s ChicagoNow” and Crain’s “Chicago Enterprise City.” Moltz also founded an angel investor group and angel fund and is a former advisory board member for the Angel Capital Education Foundation.

The $30 per person admission cost includes a reception, Moltz’s presentation, a copy of the book and the opportunity to have him sign it.

Seating is limited and registration required by Oct. 5. Call 618/453-3805 to sign up.