Heeg and York Share Their Entrepreneurial Experience at Naperville North High School

Sophomore business students, Haley Heeg and Josh York, spoke to the Business Incubator class at Naperville North High School this past week. This class is offered to encourage high school students to solve real world problems through entrepreneurial initiative and provides students with tangible experience in the startup world. Haley and Josh spoke to students about their own experience with startups; specifically, the importance of market validation, how to pitch their ideas in an effective manner, professionalism, and the importance of starting small. 




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Student Entrepreneurs selected for Future Founders Participation

Future Founders Residency Program

Sophomore students, Josh York and Gabe Soler, were two of eighteen students chosen to participate in the Future Founders’ Residency program, a six-month pilot program designed to empower local entrepreneurs to help them build sustainable businesses.  The program provides mentorship by seasoned entrepreneurs, involvement in skill-building workshops, and access to startup grants.



Future Founders Fellowship Program

Sophomore student, Haley Heeg, was one of seHaley Heeg linkedin photoventeen entrepreneurs nationwide selected to participate in its 2018 Fellowship program.  The Fellowship is a prestigious year-long cohort that accelerates the development of top student entrepreneurs in the nation with mentoring, entrepreneurship retreats, a peer community and other opportunities.



Future Founders Alumni Accelerator Program

Tom Iwema and Ryan Hesslau were chosen to participate in the Future Founders Alumni Accelerator Program as a result of their 2016 participation in the Fellowship program.   Both were chosen because they have been intentionally  developing and expanding their businesses full-time while attending college.  This alumni program provides support from Entrepreneurs in Residence, entrepreneurial retreats, along with a national peer community of millennial entrepreneurs.  To read more about the students and their businesses click on the link below.



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Indira Escalante accepted into Award Winning Internship Preparation Program

Indira Escalante-Bustillo, second year accounting major, was accepted into the Mary T. Washington Wylie Fellowship Internship Preparation Program hosted by the Illinois CPA Society.  The award-winning program is sponsored by several of the large international accounting firms.  Students parIndira Escalante-Bustilloticipate in interactive sessions dedicated to business ethics, team building, interview skills, and the CPA exam.  At the end of the program, accounting firms interviewed attendees for a variety of paid internships with large accounting firms.

Students ‘Show and Tell’ Their Experience Starting a Business

On Wednesday, October 18th, the Trinity Business Department  in conjunction with the Center for Entrepreneurship and Community Empowerment hosted its monthly “Show and Tell” experience, which is a new  student-led initiative to enhance Trinity community engagement and showcase individual accomplishments of our students.

The theme, “Be Your Own Boss”, showcased four Trinity student entrepreneurs. These students provided insight and inspiration as they shared firsthand experience starting a company.  The panel consisted of:

  • Brooke Hedderman, Sophomore – Hedderman Magic Entertainment Group
  • Haley Heeg,  Sophomore – Rosebud Bloom Boutique
  • Ryan Hesslau, Senior – foreverU and Crossroad Solutions
  • Tom Iwema,   Senior– IKG Property Maintenance, Inc.

The panel reflected on topics such as getting started, how to find your niche market, as well as how to remain in Christ through the challenges of starting and developing a business.

Justice Calling

Last week, Kristen Deede Johnson came to Trinity to speak about her recent book Justice Calling. She came to our BUAD 321 class to relate her research to our study of business.  
With us she discussed how God calls us to justice and ultimately, righteousness; but what does this look like at how do we know the distinction between justice and injustice? To answer that question one must look to scripture.  The Bible is our tool for distinguishing right vs. wrong or justice vs. injustice.  Christians often think that righteousness can be found by pursuing a life in the ministry such as being a pastor, a missionary, or a Christian school teacher.  What Dr. Johnson communicated to us is that it is also acceptable for us not to work directly in these fields. It is acceptable because the different institutions that we will work for can give us the opportunity to pursue justice and to seek shalom. We simply need to shift our attention to the structures and institutions around us because they can allow for individual and community flourishing. If we make the institutions work for everyone, not just ourselves, then everyone can seek justice and shalom together. It will no longer be an individual fight against injustice but, a community putting an end to it.
Overall, this relates greatly to my life because I am about to graduate and enter the workforce full-time. So, it really makes me think about the structures and institutions that I will be entering in the near future. Are there communities that are actively seeking justice? What are the structures that shape us and allow for individual flourishing? Can I enter an institution as a recent graduate and change the way it conducts business or do I need to create my own structure? How can I align myself with God’s calling while working in business? These are questions I have been asking myself since Dr. Johnson’s visit.
I want to follow my dreams of working in the renewable energy industry after college. I think that this is where God is calling me but I can not tell for certain. Right now, I can only go forward with my best intentions and trust that God will guide me to his path.  All along the way I know I need seek the justice and righteousness that God desires.  For me, that would be fighting the injustices of pollution and greenhouse gas emissions through the promotion of renewable energy sources. In whatever I do, I want to promotes justice and individual flourishing.  — Austin VanderVelde

Inspired by a 1st-Year Student’s Paper

“There are many reasons people go into business. I think the easiest explanation is that we are created in the image of God and God is the creator of everything. Colossians 1:16 stats: “Everything got started in Him [Christ, the Son of God] and finds its purpose in Him,” If humans are created in the image of God and God is a creator, then humans are meant to be sub-creators with God. I believe that business is a reflection of the creative side of humans inspired by God. That is also why I find business fascinating….

Now that I am a Christian, I know I can make a difference in the world for the glory of God through business. [My Christian duty is] to bring shalom to the world [by] practice resurrection on broken things. I want to fulfill these duties and I know that through business this is possible….

God led me to Trinity for a reason. I know Trinity can help me grow in my field. I know that I will be equipped with the tools necessary for becoming a marketable employee. Furthermore, I know that Trinity will equip me spiritually.”

The Relevance Partnership*

To assure relevance, education has to be a partnership between college and community. In a capstone business class, for example, the community may be represented by experienced practitioners who serve as both coaches and clients. The college is represented by students and faculty. Both faculty and practitioners, then, could coach students, helping them to apply newly learned business concepts and provide fresh perspective on existing business problems for organizational clients. We call such a class “Org Consulting.”

The syllabus looks like this:

  • Student teams meet with faculty at least once per week.
  • Before a semester begins, faculty and clients outline the scope and “deliverables” of a consulting project.
  • Once the semester begins, students are introduced to clients and continue the negotiation on the “statement of work” with help from faculty.
  • Students then meet with practitioner coaches to review the situation and get advice on “tightening up” the statement of work, including their problem statement and approach (research plan/methodology) to collect data to solve the problem, and what the students will provide the client at the end of the semester.
  • Student teams then seek approval of the statement of work from the client.
  • Halfway through the semester the student teams meet with their practitioner coaches to review the status of their methodology and hypotheses regarding the underlying problem (that is, their diagnosis of the problem underlying the problem statement) and solution strategies).
  • The student teams then meet with their client to review their progress, share their findings, and test their underlying diagnosis and solution strategies.
  • At the end of the semester the student teams meet one last time with client with their practitioners coaches in attendance to tell the story from problem statement to diagnose to solution strategy to implementation plan. The client and practitioner coaches (the community) then provide evaluation feedback for the faculty and students.

To assure relevance, education has to be a partnership between college and community.

*Special thanks to great students, coaches (Aaron, Cal, Jim, Seth, Virgil) and clients (Jordan Vande Kamp(AppProvider), Ryan Hesslau (foreverU), Chicago Semester, Palos Area Chamber of Commerce, Providence Bank & Trust, Providence Life Services, Royal Oak Landscaping) for a great Fall, 2016 Semester!

Good Company

Future Founders 2016 U.Pitch Semifinalists

  • Keyante Aytch, 3Dime Designs, DePaul University (IL)
  • Michael Black, ParkingBee, Pennsylvania State University (PA)
  • Linwood Butler, MT Music Transporter, University of Tampa (FL)
  • Claire Coder, AuntFlow, Ohio State University (OH)
  • Vinesh Kannan, Omnipointment, Illinois Institute of Technology (IL)
  • Arjun Kapoor, Scala Computing, Inc., University of Chicago (IL)
  • Tom Kruse, Win-Kel Peer-to-Peer Storage, Indiana University (IN)
  • Jason Lees, GoSpot, Northwood University (MI)
  • Jekolia Matuszewicz, UhTa Ancient Brews, Colorado College (CO)
  • Eddy Mejia, ShoeBoxOne, University of Illinois at Chicago (IL)
  • Dulbadrakh (Daniel) Natsagdorj, Urban Delivery, University of Illinois at Chicago (IL)
  • Gabe Owens, WiNot, Washington University in St. Louis (MO)
  • Matthew Rooda, SwineTech, Inc., University of Iowa (IA)
  • Pranay Singh, Averia Health, University of Chicago (IL)
  • Parisa Soraya, Find Your Ditto, University of Michigan (MI)
  • Riley Tart, MidTrade, Auburn University (AL)
  • Jordan VandeKamp, ApptProvider, Trinity Christian College (IL)
  • Ben Weiss, Zcruit, Northwestern University (IL)

Who Is START Consulting?

START Consulting is a “dream team” of Trinity Christian College students working under the auspices of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Community Empowerment. Some are Bachelor of Science students majoring in Accounting, Entrepreneurial Management, Human Resource Management, Finance, or Marketing who already have project experience because it is part of their major. Others seeking advanced business experience are students majoring in Art, Communication, Computer Science, Digital Design, English, etc. who assist as needed.

All are project-based learners with a passion for learning and serving collaboratively.

Why Do They Do It?

We are called and endowed by God to do good work. Trinity Business faculty and alums empower students to discern, develop, and deploy their gifts and calling to do that work through personal, practical, and professional education. START Consulting provides advanced learning that pushes students even further.

How Do They Do It?

START Consultants are coached by experts: practitioners and scholars. We learn from a healthy, holistic mix of perspectives across disciplines, experience levels, and generations, the kind of mix that results in creative ideas.

What Do They Do?

START Consultants work as a team on projects for for-profit and non-profit organizations. Their work involves collecting primary and secondary research and analysis, developing marketing strategies, and creating implementation plans. They help client firms explore new markets and new product ideas or help them see old ones in new ways. They think outside the box because they don’t see the box. They facilitate innovation.