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Undergraduate student Nathan Hurd believes learning from the lessons
of the past can make the future a better place. While serving
as president of the business college's former Red Khaki organization,
a non-profit student-consulting firm, Hurd realized the Ohio State
and Columbus communities were interested in an organization that
encouraged student entrepreneurship. Hurd, a senior marketing,
transportation, and linguistics major from Grove City, adapted
the vision and ideals from the Red Khaki organization to create
the Business Builders Club, an organization for undergraduate
and graduate students who are interested in starting a business.
With about 160 students involved, Hurd said the members are learning
to "realize the possibilities" of business building.
Hurd, a member of the dean's list, said students from various
university colleges and departments have joined the Business Builders
Club, offering a "cross-pollination" perspective to the endeavor.
Among the organization's involvements are hosting a quarterly
speaker series and developing a "venture fund," which is money
set aside to help fund student businesses. Recently, the club
hosted its first Entrepreneurship Spectacular, an all-day workshop
centered on creating businesses, in which 25 featured speakers
and more than 400 people attended. Hurd said members of the Business
Builders Club also will be instrumental in the development and
the success of the Fisher College of Business' Center for Entrepreneurship,
which is intended to make Ohio State a national leader in the
field. Through his experiences at Ohio State, Hurd has learned
that if students don't fit into a business, they can create their
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