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Dollars And Sense FEBRUARY 1989

Students combine business talents to post profits *

By Niccona Teichert
The Marquette Tribune
Marquette U., WI
For many students, the responsibility of managing
classwork, living away from home and having friends
is more than enough. But for two Marquette U. stu-
dents, this workload didn't seem like much.
So last spring, Brad Wirt, a business administra-
tion sophomore, and James Carver, a former en-
gineering sophomore, decided to combine their
marketing and management experience and go into
business for themselves.
Their combined thoughts and ideas materialized
into Wirt Carver and Associates, a company spe-
cializing in the sale of posters. Last November they
opened their first store, Post Master Print Gallery, in
a mall in Milwaukee.
"We didn't want to be told how to do a job," Carver
said. "We wanted to do it ourselves."
The duo was able to finance their venture with the
help of friend and associate Terry Matousek, who
co-signed a loan with Witt and Carver.
Both students agree that managing their own busi-
ness is hard work and exciting.
"We had the resources, so why wait?" said Wirt,
who attends classes daily until 11 a.m. and then

works at the gallery until 9 p.m. "Once you decide
what you want to do, you can accomplish it. School
definitely has been neglected, but most of my profes-
sors are understanding to my situation."
Carver decided to take a semester break from
school but said he plans on returning by applying to
the College of Arts and Sciences.
"My parents had mixed feelings about me starting
my own business. They weren't sure if I stopped going
"We didn't want to be told how to do a
job. We wanted to do it ourselves."
to school I would want to go back. Now that they know
I'll go back to school they are very supportive."
Their gallery specializes in a variety of moderately
priced posters, offering 800 different styles ranging
from male/female models to city skylines. Most of the
inventory is supplied by Portal Publications of Cali-
Business is looking up according to the two entrep-
reneurs, who may open shops in malls in nearby

Racine. The pair wants "to eventually turn the busi-
ness into a franchise where other people will buy and
use our name," Carver said.
Discover your E.Q.. .if you want s career full of adventure and
risks but don't relish the idea of wearing fatigues, entrepreneurship could
be for you. Last fall, Youngstown State U. students received the chance to
discover their "E.G." - entrepreneurial quotient. Co-sponsored by
Monus Entrepreneur Chair Gary Benson and Career Services, the program
was designed to acquaint students with entrepreneurship as a career
alternative. Some of the program's goals were to reveal rewards and risks,
to present role models and to discredit myths about entrepreneurship
through pencil-and-pen exercises. Someone who scored a high E.Q. has a
good chance to succeed, Career Services Director Charles Whitman said.
Beth Moyer, The Jambar, Youngstown State U., OH
. .
It's Greek For Me ... Last year, Western Kentucky U. (WKU)
senior Robin Geoghegan thought about becoming an entrepreneur. Today,
she owns and operates her own store, It's Greek For Me, which caters to
WKU's fraternities and sororities by selling Greek merchandise, such as
sweat shirts, buttons, key chains and folders. Geoghegan, who is balanc-
n a 2t-hour workload that includes a student-teaching assignment, said
she started the store because the campus bookstore is not realty geared
toward Greeks, who number more than 1,000 WKU students. EJeff
Welch, College Heights Herald, Western Kentucky U.



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