A seventeen year old student from Stevens Point, Wisconsin has already started with his own business and is now inspiring entrepreneurship for students at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
A budding entrepreneur’s Compass Emergency Supply
Keaton Schultz who is a senior at the Stevens Point Area Senior High observed the need for quality signs in the community service industries. He mentioned how he wanted to give the companies a more efficient method to buy emergency equipment and to start a new product of metal plated evacuation signs.
His observation led him to create the Compass Emergency Supply about 6 months ago. The company provides products like evacuation signs, exit signs and interior office signs for the community service industries. Schultz expressed that he is hoping to start employing some college students in order to eliminate the difference between college and the real world experience.
Schultz’ business club to influence students into entrepreneurship
Schultz is now spreading his entrepreneurial mindset to the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point students. The group that he helped start already has 12 members and is also awaiting approval from the university’s student government in order to be an official club.
The club has plans to hold conferences and start a budget for funding start-up companies, and also to join competitions in business-plan-building. The group was started after Entrepalooza, a university event that invited local entrepreneurs like Schultz to share their experiences about starting a business.
The new push to inspire entrepreneurship
The university’s new push to inspire entrepreneurship began with the grant received from the UW System. The $12,000 Growth Grant enabled the university to start asking questions about the tools and resources needed to help the students and the faculty become more enterprising.
Caleb Guilliams, a second year who is studying business and finance, is part of the club. He said that it helps all students even those who are not looking to start a new business.
Schultz’ company is a testament of his motivation to succeed as an entrepreneur. Whether it is a company that makes evacuation signs in Wisconsin or office signs in Sydney and other locations, it doesn’t matter where one is located as long as the business owner has a mindset of an entrepreneur and a will to succeed like Schultz.