Three women entrepreneurs, Lyndsey Adams, Beverly Drew and Tara Dimick were present on campus Thursday, Oct. 24, in a Q&A panel organized by the School of Business in collaboration with the Innovation Club and Washburn Mass Media. The event was a part of Women Entrepreneurs Week from Oct. 19 to 26.
Tara Dimick, the owner and publisher of TK business magazine, said that she got inspired by her dad to start a business. The former Washburn student explained how, at a very young age, she got to into business and made right decisions to expand it. She praised her team of TK magazine and mentioned how she lives a dual life with two different responsibilities, which she “would not change for anything”.
Lyndsey Adams, owner of Owls Nest Antique Mall and Flea Center said that she was interested in business from a very young age.
“I wanted to make money, sell things door to door”, said Adams, while mentioning that no one can be too young to do anything.
Adams said how she wanted to go to college and actually think of doing business in order to make money to pay for college. Talking about her business, she differentiated an antique store from a normal store and how they leased out spaces to people who wanted to sell rather than selling goods themselves. She mentioned how profit generated from business actually serves the society by the tax it pays.
Beverly Drew, the co-owner of Asset LifeCycle, LLC, shared her story starting with her earlier desire to become a vendor so that she could create and sell anywhere. Drew mentioned that she watched “Who’s the Boss?” and idolizes Angela Bower.
“It is hard, not super easy”, said Drew while talking about development of business plan and a practical implementation of it. Drew gave a touch of her personal life and exemplified how two people could be good business partners regardless of failing to sustain as spouses.
Answering the questions from participant students and faculty members, the entrepreneurs mentioned how technology and teamwork impacted the output of a business group. They suggested students think about ethics as equally as they think about profit while developing a business idea.
“The advice they provided was real world-not the type of lessons you learn from a textbook. I am just disappointed because the student turnout was low”, said Professor Rick LeJuerrne after the event.
The event was held from 11:45 a.m. until 1:35 p.m. in Henderson 100, with a presence of about 30 students.
Edited by Adam White, Brianna Smith, Jason Morrison