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ENT 601 SME Interview with Ken Wilkes; By Shannon Moser 2/7/2014

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Introduction:

Hello, my name is Shannon Moser. I am a graduate student at Western Carolina University’s Masters in the Science & Technology curriculum. I’m here at KRW with Ken Wilkes, CEO of KRW & Smart-bottle. Our interview started with a shop tour. The first thing I noticed was there was a lot of room for expansion. That shows me he’s always thinking of expanding; never satisfied with present business levels.

The shop is set up into roughly 5 areas;

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Innovation Leader: Louis Foreman by Barbara Hall

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When I think of innovation, the first person to come to mind is Louis Foreman, founder and chief executive of Enventys (www.enventys.com).  The company is an integrated product design and engineering firm which under one roof provides the services needed for a person to take an idea to the marketplace.   Enventys is based in Charlotte, N.C. but also has offices in Hong Kong and currently has 65 employees.  You may have seen Louis on the Emmy® Award winning PBS-TV show, Everyday Edisons which he created and continues to serve as executive producer and lead judge.

Louis graduated from The University of Illinois with a Bachelors of Science degree in economics. His interest in starting businesses and developing innovative products began while a sophomore with his first company founded in his fraternity room, called Competitive Edge Sports, where he sold lacrosse equipment.  Over the past 20 years he has created five successful start-ups and has been directly responsible for the creation of dozens of others. A prolific inventor, Louis is the inventor of nine registered U.S. Patents and his firm is responsible for the development and filing of well over 150 more.

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Adam Henson’s interview with Dr. Stone

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Adam Henson’s Entrepreneurship Interview with Dr. Wes Stone, the owner of Rolling Stone Burrito

Dr. Stone is not only a valued professor in the engineering department of Western Carolina University, but he is also a respected business owner of the Cullowhee community. Five years ago he and his wife opened Rolling Stone Burrito. He admits that his wife is more of the entrepreneur in the family and it was mostly her idea at the time saying “she’s always had that idea to go out and start her own business”. He says “out of passion” that they went into the food industry. She enjoyed making different flavors and dishes, “a place to let her creativity come out and align with her business sense” Stone says. Rolling Stone Burrito is a small time burrito shop located on Centennial Drive right next to the subway on campus. It is a walk in style restaurant where you can order off the Manu or has the option to create your own. Dr. Stone describes it as “an original or one of a kind”, and the he considers it “healthy fast-food”. It is a place where one can eat in or get it to go.

Dr. Stone has been running Rolling Stone Burrito five years now and it has been an exciting but at the same time scary. It is a fulfilling job for him and he really enjoys it. Dr. Stone’s tips for success are: Continue reading

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Interview with Vaune Charles

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Vaune Charles is an accomplished dance historian, technician, choreographer, instructor, performer, storyteller, costume designer and seamstress.  Vaune is a graduate of the Cincinnati School for the Creative and Performing Arts and Alvin Ailey American Dance Center.  Additional training affiliations include: University of Cincinnati Corbett Center of Performing Arts, Southern Illinois University Dunham Dance Department, CoSaan African Dance Company, International African American Ballet, Muntu Dance Theatre & African American Dance Ensemble. She received extensive training in Ballet, Horton, Graham, traditional and contemporary Jazz and African, Dunham & Tap dance techniques. She has worked extensively within the arts for many nonprofit organizations for over thirty years and was the program director of arts education for Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago for 12 years. Awards and special recognition include: Black Women’s Caucus honoree for Academic Excellence, Black Theatre Alliance best costume design Fat Tuesday & All That Jazz, Rites & Rituals, and Woloba for Muntu Dance Theatre, City of Aurora Certificate of Appreciation. Memorable performances include: Jacob’s Pillow with Muntu, the movie “Believers” director John Schlesinger, Anti-Apartheid dancer for Stevie Wonder Circle Tour, Cervatino Festival in Vera Cruz Mexico, Brighton Festival in England, Dance Festival in Scotland, Ghana Panafests.

Tell me a little about yourself?

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