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Entrepreneurship Speaker: Jason Duff

Date and Time: 
Tuesday, February 9, 2010 -
9:00pm to 10:00pm
Event Location: 
Affinity Commons, Entrepreneurship/Business Building

Jason, BSBA '05, got his entrepreneurial start early in life. Since elementary school, business has been his way of life, and he would never want that to change. . "I was 8 years old and selling bulk candy bars out of my backpack at school and to businesses in my town," Duff explains. "I made the connection that, if I delivered something valuable for the right price to the right customer, they were happy, I was happy and I made money too! My entrepreneurial mindset was formed, and from that moment on, I've never stopped pursuing my dreams!"

Eventually, Duff moved on to his second money-making project: a vending enterprise. His success led to even greater ambitions and, at the age of 17, Duff created his first official company: Community Storage & Properties. He built this company around innovative and creative real estate development and designed it to serve his community. Duff says, "My roots grow deep in the small-town-USA experience. I wanted to spend my energies investing and developing businesses that would help a small town's needs and quality of life."

At the age of 18, Duff earned the title of "Ohio's Youngest Realtor" and was able to invest in property and learn more in his trade. This experience allowed him to expand Community Storage to include another business venture: outdoor advertising. After the success of his first billboard structure, Duff created COMSTOR Outdoor Ltd., which now has more than 300 billboards in Ohio and Indiana. His efforts recently earned Duff the title of "Serial Entrepreneur."

Watch online, 9:09 p.m., Feb. 9