Entrepreneurship Forum RSVP

The director of operations for Starting Gate, WMU’s student business accelerator will be the next speaker in the Entrepreneurship Forum speaker series at Western Michigan University’s Haworth College of Business.

Lara Hobson will speak at 8 a.m. Friday, Feb. 8, in 2150 Schneider Hall. The event is free and open to the public and begins with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Reservations are required and can be made below or by calling (269) 387-6059. Free parking is available in Schneider Hall Lot 72R.


Lara Hobson grew up with an entrepreneurial spirit, selling sweet corn with her grandfather every summer. As an adult, her passion for innovation led to stints working for paper mills, power plant facilities and beginning her own business.

In 2010, Hobson started ServiceWorks, a customer service measurement and improvement company. After five successful years, Hobson sold her business and immersed herself in her role as a faculty member in WMU’s management department. She is now the director of Starting Gate, co-director of the WMU pitch competition, organizer of PitchZoo and a committee member of 1 Million Cups.

Hobson earned a bachelor’s of science degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan Technological University and a master’s degree in business administration from Western Michigan University.

Starting Gate gives students rich and valuable resources to develop their startup companies including access to key mentors and access to services provided by WMU’s Small Business Development Center. Located in the Park Trades Center Building in downtown Kalamazoo the accelerator is open to all WMU students through a competitive application process and provides a fast track to business launch.

About the Entrepreneurship Forum

Entrepreneurship Forum is a monthly series sponsored by BlueOx Credit Union and hosted by Western Michigan University's Haworth College of Business. The forum brings stories of entrepreneurs and startup success to the greater Kalamazoo community.

For more information or to suggest an entrepreneur who should be considered for the series, please email Samantha Hooker.

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