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Taking The Road Less Traveled | Chris Friedland

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Chris Friedland

Founder & CEO
Build.com
Chico State '99

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Chris Friedland

Founder & CEO
Build.com
Chico State '99

About The Talk:

As the first Biz Talk ever, Chris set the stage for all future speakers with his high energy, comedic attitude, and intense passion. Chris founded Build.com while attending Chico State and Build now generates over half a Billion dollars in revenue a year. He shares his experience with starting a company in college, and explains why you should take the entrepreneurial path. Since earning 10's of millions from the sale of Build.com he has invested in several college start ups, while remaining Build's CEO. One of his investments, MarketFleet, is where he joined forces with another Biz Talks speaker, Eli Libby (watch Eli's talk - 6 steps to Marketing Success) to build on his success with e-commerce platforms.  Chris offers inspiration for building a startup while in college - who knows, your college startup might become his next investment.

Business for the Return on Humanity | Kim Box

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Kim Box

Founder & CEO
Kamere, Inc.
Chico State '83

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Kim Box

Founder & CEO
Kamere, Inc.
Chico State '83

About The Talk:

Kim graduated from Chico State with a degree in Management and a minor in Computer Science. Since then she’s produced an emmy-award winning film, started a nonprofit, built an inspiration-based website, and much more. Her full biography is available at her website. Watch Kim's Biz Talk to learn about a business principle called “Return on Humanity” and hear how she’s transformed her career to live and work with purpose. Her inspiring talk will reveal the keys to social entrepreneurship; building a business with an impact. For more insight, read her book, Woven Leadership: The Power of Diversity to Transform Your Organization for Success.

The Power of F5 | Tom Tognoli

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Tom Tognoli

Founder & CEO
Intero Real Estate
Chico State '95

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Tom Tognoli

Founder & CEO
Intero Real Estate
Chico State '95

About The Talk:

Known by his friends as “Togs”, Tom Tognoli is recognized as one of the 100 most powerful people in real estate by the Swanepoel POWER 200. With over 25 years of experience, Tom is a leader and founding partner of Intero Real Estate. Watch Tom’s Biz Talk to see how he overcame the challenges of his learning disabilities to build a wildly successful business. Learn his principles for a good schedule and the power of F5: the five basic principles that take priority in his life. Tom is the author author of Intero’s Monday Morning Mojo blog, followed by tens of thousands of readers around the world. It explores and shares the principles of success, happiness, discipline, and more. This talk is PACKED with gold nuggets of wisdom (from a reading list to a priority pyramid) that you can start implementing today! 

Creating Your Vision | Claudia Wentworth

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Claudia Wentworth

Founder & CEO
Quick Mount PV 
Chico State '83

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Claudia Wentworth

Founder & CEO
Quick Mount PV 
Chico State '83

About The Talk:

As the co-founder and CEO of Quick Mount PV, Claudia Wentworth spends every day bringing sustainability and business together. Claudia’s Biz Talk tells the story of her time in Associated Students at Chico State, the lessons she learned, and how she applies them to her business. Claudia has been involved in the solar industry since 2000 and has over 20 years of experience in the green building and construction industry. She has co-invented 6 utility patents and has been named one of the Top 10 Women in Solar. She perfectly pairs entrepreneurship and sustainability in business. Watch her talk to learn more about the triple bottom line and the importance of creating a vision that everyone in your business can follow.

Entrepreneurs Recognize Problems | Scott Bedford

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Scott Bedford

Founder 
Peninsula Capital Management Chico State '82

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Scott Bedford

Founder 
Peninsula Capital Management
Chico State '82

About The Talk:

Scott Bedford’s first run-in with entrepreneurship sprang from the need to solve a problem for his business fraternity, Delta Sigma Pi. From then, he’s never stopped. After graduating from Chico State, Scott went on to found Peninsula Capital Management, become a Heliski guide for Powderbird, and run a nonprofit, Limelight, to help people with Lyme Disease. Scott’s Biz Talk will take you along on his journey and show you how to recognize transitions that will shape your business opportunities.

Finding Meaning in Financial Planning | Kimberly Foss

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Kimberly Foss

Founder & CEO
Empyrion Wealth Management
Chico State '97

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Kimberly Foss

Founder & CEO
Empyrion Wealth Management
Chico State '97

About The Talk:

Kimberly came to Chico State as a computer science major but graduated with a degree in finance. Her Biz Talk illustrates how money gives you choices in life and how she got her start in the finance industry. Kimberly later founded Empyrion Wealth Management - recognized as one of the top wealth managers by Bloomberg. She gives a passionate testament to why her career as a certified financial planner has been so rewarding. As a Biz Talks speaker, she generously donated many copies of her New York Times bestseller, Wealthy By Design to the audience. In 1999 Kimberly was the first woman, and the youngest person ever to be recognized by Chico’s College of Business as a distinguished alum. Let Kimberly inspire you to make an impact with a career in finance.

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