Brian Patrick Cork Reflects on The Entrepreneurial Summit

Posted by Handshake 2.0 at 10:14 AM on November 17, 2008:

Brian Patrick Cork, Radford University alum and keynote speaker for Radford University's Entrepreneurial Summit, posted today on his blog, The Unsinkable Brian Cork, reflections upon his return to Radford:  Going Back and Leaning Forward, Part 1.

Handshake 2.0 is honored that he mentioned Z. Kelly Queijo's interview with Cork, A Man with a Plan.

Entrepreneurs Abound is Handshake 2.0's summary of links, and links to other summaries, about Brian Patrick Cork's visit to Radford University.

Brian Patrick Cork: A Man with a Plan

Posted by Z. Kelly Queijo at 6:00 AM on November 13, 2008:

From Z. Kelly Queijo:

The keynote speaker for Radford University's Entrepreneural Summit was Brian Patrick Cork, serial entrepreneur, and a man with a plan--make that a 3-, 5-, and 7-year plan for any new business venture.

Cork should know, having started three companies. His latest and extremely successful, briancork Human Capital, is listed in Inc. 500’s fastest growing companies in 2007 and 2008.

"You gotta have a plan, in life, in business. It will make you think, research and execute. When you go off plan, you can adjust. If you don't have a plan, you can't execute, you can't adjust.”

Enrolling at Radford University in 1980 turned out to be a classic “life-changing experience” for Cork. “When I got to RU I had to navigate and negotiate those people on my own. They came from every economic strata...varying world views--I could not stop engaging everybody and, all of a sudden, there was Nick Pappas. He saw something in me. He told me I was an abomination and maybe I did not belong at the university. That guy made me love learning.”

Necessity Begets the Entrepreneur

Cork's very first plan was to become an Olympic track star. It fell through, literally--when he was caught leaping from the window of girl's dormitory during the era of “no boys allowed.” His scholarship days came to an abrupt end and he was on his own when it came to paying for college. He hit the road running as an entrepreneur. By the time he graduated in 1984, he had bought and sold his first company.

Now, 24 years later, he reflects on having become an entrepreneur in his post from The Human Capitol Blog:  “...consider the understanding that being an Entrepreneur can mean living a few years of your life like most people won’t, so that [you] can spend the rest of your life like most people can’t. This can obviously mean financially. But, it can also mean you don’t look back over your professional life with regret.”

No regrets. I think that was the plan all along.

Z. Kelly Queijo writes about people and their passions for business and technology.

Read Brian Cork's guest blog post for Handshake 2.0.

Entrepreneurial Summit 2008 at Radford University

Posted by Handshake 2.0 at 7:24 PM on October 7, 2008:

Exciting news from Radford University:  The Entrepreneurial Summit 2008, October 27-28.

In addition to workshops and speakers, the summit will feature an Elevator Pitch Competition for Radford University students.  Audience members attending the Elevator Pitch Competition will be asked to sign a non-disclosure agreement prior to entrance.

Off-campus guests are welcome at the Elevator Pitch competition and Speaker workshops October 27-28, 2008 in Hurlburt Student Activities Center.  Here's Radford University's Campus Map.

4 – 6 p.m.
Elevator Pitch Competition: Round 1
(Hurlburt Auditorium)

9:30 – 10:45 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

“The Good Problem: Managing High Growth of an Entrepreneurial Start-Up”
(Hurlburt 248)

“Social Entrepreneurs: Change Agents for Society”
(Hurlburt 249)

“Starting a Business: The Moment of Impact”
(Hurlburt 250)

9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Elevator Pitch Competition: Round 2
(Hurlburt Auditorium)

12:30 – 2 p.m.
(Muse Hall: a limited number of seats are available)
Contact Mary Weeks at or (540) 831-5382 for more information.

Luncheon speaker:

“Entrepreneurs, Intrapreneurs and them Corporate Fellas - The Laws of Natural Selection”

Brian Cork's Web site - brian cork Human Capital™
Brian Cork's Blog - The Unsinkable Brian Cork
The Human Capital Blog - Radford University Entrepreneurial Summit

Radford University Offers Business Training Seminars

Posted by Handshake 2.0 at 10:00 AM on August 7, 2008:

The New River Valley Small Business Development Center, a division of the Radford University Business Assistance Center, will offer a series of Small Business Training Courses from August - November, 2008. 

Topics include "Business Start-Up Seminar" and "E-Commerce and Websites."

For more information, please contact:

Mr. David Shanks, Director
Small Business Development Center
Phone: 540-831-6056
Fax: 540-831-6735