This week I had to chance to sit down with several SMCC students to discuss Johnny Cupcakes’ upcoming lecture on campus. Saidah Jahi, a first year student, wondered what all the fuss was about. “I had never heard of Johnny Cupcakes, but when I first came to enroll and I saw flyers all over the place, I was like who the heck is Johnny Cupcakes? So I looked him up on the internet and read a little bit more about him.” Jahi is also an entrepreneur and once she learned more, she felt that Johnny’s lecture would help her learn more about businesses in the 21st century.
Johnny Earle, known as Johnny Cupcakes, was voted America’s #1 Young Entrepreneur by Business Week magazine in 2003. He’s a famous entrepreneur, but that doesn’t mean owning your business is what his message is about. The core of Johnny’s lectures deal with being creative, innovative, and most of all doing something you enjoy and have passion for.
First year student Casey Manues says all students will benefit from Johnny’s message. “Even if you are not trying to open up your own business, it’s good to be business savvy and understand the concepts of it,” said Manues.
If you are still deciding whether or not to attend the lecture, maybe Matt Hobel can change your mind. “He has had a lot of success and clearly he has made a lot of money. People like that have a lot of information they can share with young students like us. So why not take advantage of the resources we have like Johnny Cupcakes,” said Hobel, a second year student.
It’s resources like this that SMCC’s Business College and Community Entrepreneurship Center hope to continually bring to South. The goal is to provide timely, relevant information that will help everyone learn and grow, no matter who they want to be.
“Having the opportunity to attend and hear someone like Johnny Cupcakes who started from the ground up, which is where I am starting, what else can you ask for? It’s like having a Donald Trump right on your campus, “said Jahi.
It’s an event you don’t want to miss! We hope to see you on September 12th at 6:00 p.m. for the best seating in the SMCC Gym.
(SMCC Marketing & Communications)