Guest Speakers: Kurt and Julie Johnson
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Edwardsville CEO had the pleasure of speaking with Kurt and Julie Johnson this morning. Kurt (Owner/Manager Midwest Trans-Load) and his wife Julie (retired CPA, Vice Chairman of the L&C Board of Trustees) did an amazing job sharing their life experiences in the entrepreneurial world.
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They had 13 tips for entrepreneurial success to share with our students:
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1. Get good grades and keep your record clean
2. Choose a vocation/degree that will serve you well long term
3. Work hard and save every penny
4. Soak up all the information you can
5. Network, establish long term relationships
6. Choose businesses you know something about
7. Look for businesses that have a strategic advantage
8. Choose partners with similar risk tolerance & values
9. Select the best legal structure for your busienss
10. Always have a "plan B"
11. Always pay the bankers first
12. Control the accounting functions
13. Treat everyone like you want to be treated
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Thank you to Kurt and Julie for taking the time to speak with our group and for being investors in the CEO program! We sincerely enjoyed our morning with you.

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