A Jacksonville University seminar Thursday, Oct. 11 on building profitable businesses from scratch featured JU alum Tommy Grimes (from left), founder of The Grimes Companies, a Jacksonville supply chain company; Brian Barquilla, founder and publisher of Jacksonville Small Business Advantage: the Handbook for Small Business; and JU Board of Trustees member Thaddeus Foster, who oversees 60 Taco Bells in five states as CEO and franchisee of record for Southeast QSR LLC. (Photos by Kevin Hogencamp/Jacksonville University)

 

By Kevin Hogencamp/Jacksonville University

Dream.

Plan.

Pursue what you’re passionate about.

And work as hard as humanly possible.

That was a common theme conveyed Thursday, Oct. 11 during a free Jacksonville University Davis Leadership Center community seminar presented by business executives Brian Barquilla, founder and publisher of Jacksonville Small Business Advantage: the Handbook for Small Business; Thaddeus Foster, who as CEO and franchisee of record for Southeast QSR LLC oversees 60 Taco Bell restaurants in five states; and Tommy Grimes, founder The Grimes Companies, a Jacksonville supply chain company.

“Dream bigger than you think you can accomplish and work really hard to get there,” said Foster, a JU Board of Trustees member.

Grimes also has a JU connection: he has master’s of business administration degree from JU.

Noting that his 40-year-old company changed its business strategy during lean economic times, Grimes said that successful entrepreneurs must be adaptable.

“We went into business as a warehouse company that offered other services and come out (of the recession) as a transportation company offering warehouses,” he said.

JU Business Dean Don Capener moderated the seminar, which was titled, “Taking Things to a Higher Level: How Early Stage Ventures Gain Market Traction and Profitability.”

JU students and staffers along with local residents looking for tips on starting and running their own businesses are welcome to attend Davis Leadership Center seminars. To register, e-mail Shannon Gornoski at sgornos@ju.edu or call (904) 256-7679. For more information on the Davis College of Business, visit www.ju.edu.

 

Jacksonville University hosted a Davis Leadership Center seminar, “Taking Things to a Higher Level: How Early Stage Ventures Gain market Traction and Profitability,” on Thursday, Oct. 11. Pictured before the seminar are (from left), Thomas O’Neal Douglas; Sequoyah Glenn; Brian Barquilla, founder and publisher of Jacksonville Small Business Advantage; Francesca Yong; JU alum Tommy Grimes, founder of The Grimes Companies, a Jacksonville supply chain company; JU Board of Trustees member Thaddeus Foster, who oversees 60 Taco Bells in five states as CEO and franchisee of record for Southeast QSR LLC ; J Vrunda Patel; and Dr. Julius Demps, a JU assistant professor of management. Dougas, Glenn, Yong and Patel are members of JU’s College of Business Circle of Excellence, which represents a select group of well-rounded juniors of seniors rank among the top of their class academically.