Recent Grad Entrepreneur credits UNCW program
Although just approaching the one year mark as an official enterprise, UNCW's Entrepreneurship Center, established in January 2010 as part of the Cameron School of Business, already contributed to the big-time success of one recent graduate.
Chris Goulet '09 (pictured left, standing) started his company, Rock Lock, after learning how to start and build a business in Professor Jonathan Rowe's Entrepreneurship Course. Rowe also serves as director of the entrepreneurship center.
Through the center, Chris received free accounting and legal advice from professional accountants at RSM McGladrey and lawyers at Rountree, Losee, and Baldwin both of which have partnered with the EC to support Entrepreneurship," Rowe says. "Chris also became connected with area entrepreneurs who provided additional support and advice as he overcame obstacles in sourcing and marketing his products."
Goulet's company is founded around the invention of a lock that allows musicians to safeguard guitars from theft, working roughly like a bicycle lock. As of December 2010, Goulet had taken 100 pre-orders on his Web site, www.therocklockcompany.com, and sold 500 to a distributor. He will continue to market the product at the National Association of Music Merchants Festival, held Jan. 13-16, 2011 in Anaheim, CA.
Goulet credits Rowe, the center, and the entrepreneurship course as a major factor in his company's success. He returned to the course in Fall 2010 as a guest speaker.
"I think the realistic approach that Jonathan takes through his class was very helpful in creating a successful business plan for my company.I think the most helpful aspect for my situation was his willingness to play the devil's advocate and force the student to consider every aspect of the business model while making decisions. Thanks to him I have learned that 'naysayers' are an excellent resource to improving ideas." -- Chris Goulet
For more information about the UNCW Entrepreneur Center, see http://uncwec.org.
-- Lindsay Key '11 MFA