What I Learned from Starting Three Businesses and Teaching Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurial Roundtable

August 20, 2012: 6:30 PM - 8:45 PM

Jim Vahle, '90 (XP-59), has been one of the Roundtable's most popular speakers. Jim not only knows the theory, but also has started three businesses and understands the practical, gritty side of business. He is an engaging speaker who will provide you with a dozen practical tips and insights that you can apply to your business tomorrow.


Northern Illinois University - Naperville Campus
First Floor Lobby & Auditorium
1120 East Diehl Road
Naperville, Illinois

Driving Directions:

Exit I-88 at the Naperville Road exit. At the end of the exit, turn south (left turn if coming from the East) onto Freedom Drive.  Go to the "T" at end of Freedom Drive and turn right onto Diehl Road.  Take Diehl Road for 2-3 blocks.  Northern Illinois University's Naperville facility will be on your left, directly across from the Hampton Inn. Turn left onto drive at west end of NIU's facility to parking in rear.  Enter middle doors.  Registration desk will be just inside middle doors. 

Event Details

Jim will talk about three topics (and perhaps several more):

1. How to find ideas for starting a business
2. Key things every entrepreneur should know – but most often forget
3. The hardest things to get entrepreneurs to understand about starting a business

Besides having started three businesses, including one that failed, Jim has taught courses on Entrepreneurship and Management at Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. Jim is a former Army officer, corporate manager and a graduate of Chicago Booth.


$25.00 for general public; $20.00 for Chicago Booth alumni, students and faculty.  

$5.00 discount if register by August 15th.


Register Online

Save $5.00 if register by August 15th. 

Deadline: 8/20/2012


6:30 PM-7:15 PM: Networking & light refreshments

7:00 PM-8:45 PM: Program with speaker


Bill Wentz, '88 
Roundtable Chair