Communications Office: Stephen Mease
Robert Bloch, director of the unique-to-Champlain BYOBiz (Bring Your Own Business) program, followed up with nine of the most recent successful young entrepreneurs from Champlain College in the fall of 2011. He conducted interviews and compiled the dialogue into a new book, My Own CEO, published by the Champlain College Publishing Initiative. My Own CEO is a second edition of the former, Outside the Box, which was printed in 2011. Additions to the second edition include the story of the student-run coffee shop and convenience store in the IDX Student Life Center — The Lodge, as well as Tips for Young Entrepreneurs.
This book features nine students including:
These determined students share how they initially got their ideas, got others on board, and created unique opportunities to learn and grow by turning their passion into a hands-on education and income.
This book was created by Bloch with the entrepreneurially minded teenager in mind, to inspire anyone wondering whether to, and how to, take his or her dreams and ambitions into action. They'll give prospective students and entrepreneurs the strength to be their own CEO.
My Own CEO, Outside the Box, as well as books by both Ginger Vieira and Peter Garang Deng, were published by the Champlain Publishing Initiative, created by Tim Brookes to engage students in the field of publishing as writers, editors, designers, artists, marketers, publicists, accountants, or web designers. It gives students a supervised educational experience that is creative, demanding, and applicable to the world they meet when they graduate. Champlain Publishing Initiative's mission is to be an active part of the great experiment that is contemporary publishing, and to offer the greater-Champlain community the chance to get involved and get published. For more information, please visit www.champlaincollegepublishing.com.
Champlain College, known for its professionally oriented academic programs, has had various entrepreneurship clubs present on campus since 1985. With the increasing demand of a more professionally organized club, the group evolved into an innovative entrepreneurship education program called BYOBiz (Bring Your Own Business) in 2006.
In the BYOBiz program, one can network and learn from successful entrepreneurs and other local experts in the strategic, financial, legal, technical, operational and managerial sectors of business ownership. Director Bob Bloch acts as a mentor and guides students' ideas in the most opportune direction and connects them to outside sources.
"They are undaunted; they see possibilities and you can just feel the energy they exude and their motivation to succeed," said Bloch, "The students bring businesses from home or create new ones to add to Burlington's growing small business community. They are passionate and are willing to take risks to achieve their goals.
To learn more about the BYOBiz program, please visit their website or contact Champlain College Admissions to be sent a copy of My Own CEO by BYOBiz Director Bob Bloch.
Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a small, not-for-profit, private college in Burlington, Vermont, with additional campuses in Montreal, Quebec and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain offers a traditional undergraduate experience from its beautiful campus overlooking Lake Champlain and over 60 online undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates. Champlain's distinctive career-driven approach to higher education embodies the notion that true learning occurs when information and experience come together to create knowledge. Champlain College is included in the Princeton Review's The Best 379 Colleges: 2015 Edition. Champlain was named a "Top-Up-and-Coming School" by U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges and is ranked in the top tier of 2014 Regional Colleges in the North. For more information, visit www.champlain.edu.