Lessons from One Year as an Entrepreneur

This past Saturday, Agricultural Food Systems, a company three friends and I started after graduating from John Brown University, celebrated its one year anniversary of incorporation!

What a year it’s been! It all started with a strategic management class at JBU which led to us entering our business plan in the 2011 Donald W. Reynolds Arkansas Governor’s Cup. After some very positive feedback there, we decided to start the business and were officially incorporated on May 19, 2011. Since then we have been busy getting the final production model of the TenderID, a technology that accurately and consistently predicts tenderness in raw beef carcasses on the production line, ready to for the market and should be ready for launch very soon (for more on AFS and the TenderID, visit the AFS website).

Needless to say, I’ve learned a lot about business and entrepreneurship in the past year. Jumping straight from college into being a small business owner has been quite the adventure with lots of teachable moments. Here are three of the most important lessons I’ve learned so far:  Read more of this post

AFS at the 2011 Donald W. Reynolds Arkansas Governor’s Cup

The AFS management team with awards from the 2011 Donald W. Reynolds Arkansas Governor's Cup

Last Wednesday (4/20), the Agricultural Food Systems team (JD Andrade, Kirk Dennison, Lauren Kessler-Morriss, and myself) from John Brown University traveled down to Little Rock with the other two JBU teams, GardenCraft and Craftistas, for the 11th annual Donald W. Reynolds Arkansas Governor’s Cup awards luncheon. The Governor’s Cup is a business plan competition for undergraduate and graduate students in the state of Arkansas sponsored by the Arkansas Economic Acceleration Foundation. Fifty undergraduate teams from colleges and universities all over Arkansas submitted plans for this year’s competition, of which twelve made it into the semi-finals and six made the finals. 


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