Entrepreneurship Essentials with Chuck Price

By Shay Digenan

Chuck Price is the Director of the Joe Crowley Student Union. He has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis on Finance and Strategic Planning from Columbia University, a Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration from the State University of New York, Brockport and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from SUNY Brockport.

Before moving to Nevada, he was Executive Director of Finance and Administration at the Riverside Church in New York City.  He was Director of Student Activities at Columbia University and also worked at CUNY Queens College. He has been an active member on various University campus committees.  He previously served on the Faculty Senate and on the Executive Board from 2000 to 2002.  He is also involved at the international level in the Association of College Unions, International (ACUI).

Q: Why do you believe that entrepreneurship is an important concept for students on this campus to be aware of?

A: Entrepreneurship should be one of the critical area that students develop as they plan their careers. Future employers will look for people who are creative in their approach to solving problems. This is not just in business settings but in many other life encounters.

Q: How do you think entrepreneurial skills can influence students on this campus? 

A: The critical skills (see below) that will enable a person to be successful as an entrepreneur will also assist a student in many academic areas and co-curricular opportunities.

Q: What sparked your interest in supporting entrepreneurship/being an entrepreneur? 

A: I love to see a student’s passion and creativity while engaged on campus. This same passion is a key to success as an entrepreneur.  My interest is in the success of our students both before and after they graduate.

Q: What are some of the most valuable lessons you have learned from being involved in/supporting entrepreneurship? 

A: One of the most valuable lessons is to be prepared for the unexpected. Are we ready to make a pitch when we run into a key decision maker in a surprise encounter?

Preparation is key.

 Q: What are 5 essential skills that you think prospective entrepreneurs should possess? 

A: Essential skills include:

Creativity and Passion: How do we approach the status quo, step back to look at the big picture and challenge the ways things have been done? Do we inspire radical ideas?

Flexibility:  The ability to adapt to changing situations, different styles, and cultures is critical. How quickly can we think on our feet?

Follow through: Are we reliable? Can we deliver when we make a commitment?

Interpersonal skills, the ability to communicate with others in multiple formats (e.g. face to face, on-line, large groups, one-on-one, phone).

This includes:

  • Listening skills:  What do our customers/ key stakeholders need?  What are they saying?  What are their concerns?
  • Speaking skills:  Do we listen before we speak?  Are we quickly able to articulate our pitch?
  • Writing Skills:  Whether it be 30 words in a text, 300 words in an email or 3,000 words in a blog, we need to be articulate in our message.  Practice helps.

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