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Gaining Inspiration
Lloyd Greif Center Networking Day encourages entrepreneurs to make connections
April 1, 2013 • by News at Marshall

Marshall alumni are drawn back year after year for the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies’ Annual Networking Day to connect with other enterprising Trojans and Los Angeles entrepreneurs for the chance to re-invigorate their own ambitions.

Arash Farhoomand,’03, an auto industry consultant who has come to the event for a decade, credits the gathering with “initiating drive that can sometimes get dormant with the daily grind. It can initiate a spark, a great idea to try and develop.”

Nader Zargarpour,’89, a trial lawyer and founder of an L.A.-based law firm, who came to the 18th annual event, held at USC’s Town & Gown on March 2, said “it’s positive reinforcement. I feel like I can take on the world. It’s an energy. I get my batteries recharged, which lasts me the whole year.”

Participants had the chance to introduce themselves, their business, opportunities and resources needed formally to the group in timed segments and to connect as part of smaller groups throughout the day.

Curtis Jewell, MBA ’08, who presented on his company,, geared toward giving entrepreneurs virtual back-office support on an as-needed basis, came to get feedback from his company’s target audience.

“Virtual assistance is just the start. It is really about letting entrepreneurs be part of a community to share their skills and, more importantly, the lessons learned with one another. I had to learn the hard way,” said Jewell.

The event included a panel moderated by Jay Tucker, associate director of USC’s Institute for Communication Technology Management, which offered a “View from the Trenches,” with Jerry Palmer, vice president of business services, EdgeCast; Marc Karzen, CEO RelishMIX; Garrett Brown, vice president of partnerships and development, Bitium,  and Nasi Peretz, CTO/co-founder, TicketMob.

Marshall’s highly regarded entrepreneurship program continues to grow and attract creatively driven individuals like those in attendance during this year’s gathering. In his remarks, Gene Miller, director of the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and associate professor of clinical entrepreneurship, outlined a spike in enrollment for Marshall’s entrepreneurship segment and upcoming developments, including new courses, minors, internship and business incubator programs.

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