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Nora Ferguson

Nora always wanted to be her own boss.

“I’ve always had a dream to work for myself,” she says. “My experience at North Central College really expanded my knowledge of all the elements needed to effectively run a business.”

Nora worked closely with North Central’s Office of Career Development, which provides guidance, tools and resources to help students meet professional objectives. She landed a summer internship with Jewel-Osco as part of a management trainee program. She also interned at Forecast5 Analytics as a social media generalist. She accepted a full-time position at the same company after graduation.

Nora still hopes to operate her own small business someday.

“North Central provided knowledge and simulations that truly strengthened my understanding of how to run and manage a business. It set the environment for me to create the business I envision.”

Students Marti Rossdahl and Vanessa Harrison showcase their artwork

North Central College presents “Inner Expressions,” a student art exhibit featuring paintings, drawings, ceramics and sculpture through March 2.

North Central College presents “Inner Expressions,” a student art exhibit featuring the work of junior Marti Rossdahl, majoring in studio art and entrepreneurship and small business management, and senior Vanessa Harrison, majoring in studio art.

Students invite local owners of sport businesses to campus to share their stories

Sport management majors as interns at the 2013 Super Bowl in New Orleans
North Central College students host Entrepreneurship in Sport—a panel of four founders, owners, directors of local sport-related organizations—on Feb. 17.

North Central College students in the Introduction to Sport Management II class (HPE 251), Sport Management Association (SMA) and NCC Cycling & Multisport Club are hosting a panel discussion titled Entrepreneurship in Sport on Feb. 17.

The panel features founders, owners and directors of local sports-related organizations who will give short presentations and answer questions.

North Central graduate students learn about international businesses in Costa Rica

Twelve students from North Central College’s graduate programs learned about international business while in Costa Rica.

Julianna Stevenson of Oswego is one of 12 North Central College graduate students who learned about coffee businesses, imports and exports, and other trades during a weeklong study experience in Costa Rica.

The group visited two different coffee operations during the field experience Dec. 7-15. Stevenson, who is pursuing a master’s of international business administration (MIBA) degree, recounts how the group learned about the different business challenges faced by a smaller operation like Doka Estates versus a larger business like Cafe Britt.

SEA Conference features four keynotes, workshops by successful artists

North Central College hosts the 14th annual Self Employment in the Arts (SEA) Conference Feb. 21-22 to help aspiring artists become successful entrepreneurs.

North Central College’s 14th annual Self Employment in the Arts (SEA) Conference Feb. 21-22 will help aspiring artists learn to become successful entrepreneurs.

The SEA Conference provides educational resources to help aspiring artists gain entrepreneurial knowledge and skills needed to establish and maintain careers as independent artists. The conference features performances, workshops, panel discussions and other activities tailored to actors, filmmakers, musicians, painters, sculptors, writers and other artists.

North Central College AMA team scores school’s first top 10 placement at annual competition

North Central College’s American Marketing Association (AMA) team has achieved its first top 10 placement in an annual international competition.

North Central College’s American Marketing Association (AMA) team has achieved a top 10 placement in an annual international competition for the first time in school history.

The team placed in the top 10 of the 2013-2014 AMA Collegiate Case Competition sponsored by the Hershey Company, the AMA announced Jan. 21. Eighty-six schools entered this year’s competition for the opportunity to present at the AMA’s annual collegiate conference in New Orleans in April.

Alumnus makes dream a reality by opening tennis club

Tennis pro Robin Henders ’03 opens new tennis facility in Plainfield for Five Star Tennis.

Robin Henders ’03, co-owner of Five Star Tennis, is pursuing his long-held dream of opening a tennis facility for his rapidly expanding business. Five Star Tennis has expanded with a new 40,000-square-foot indoor tennis facility in Plainfield near 119th Street and Normantown Road.

Joseph Gaza M ’12

Joseph Gaza M ’12 is director of baseball operations at The Warner Companies baseball agency. Previous to this position, he started his own baseball agency called AllStarInc Baseball. Gaza grew the firm and it merged with The Warner Companies baseball agency. He is certified by the Major League Baseball Players Association as a player agent. Gaza’s duties as a baseball agent include draft advisement, contract negotiations, arbitration representation, marketing and public relations services, sponsorship and endorsement negotiation.

Grammy-winning artist Common to give MLK Week keynote at North Central College

North Central College welcomes Grammy Award-winning artist, actor and author Common Jan. 21 as Martin Luther King Jr. Week keynote speaker.

North Central College welcomes Grammy Award-winning artist, actor and author Common Jan. 21 as Martin Luther King Jr. Week keynote speaker.

Each year, North Central College honors and remembers King with a keynote presentation, musical tributes, a prayer breakfast and activities. King spoke in North Central College’s Pfeiffer Hall in 1960.

Exercise science graduate Steve Hlavac uses his business to help others

Steve Hlavac ’12, owner of Beyond Measure Training, with Kate Crawford ’12
Steve Hlavac ’12, founder of Beyond Measure Training in Naperville, combines his passion for fitness and training to launch business, help others.

“Helping people is my goal,” says Steve Hlavac ’12, founder and owner of Beyond Measure Training in Naperville. His business was founded on that principle and his life reflects it.

Steve Hlavac ’12 has always loved fitness and training. An exercise science graduate, he’s the all-time leader in receptions and receiving yards in Cardinal football and was an outfielder in baseball. That passion led to helping college friends with personal training and evolved into a career and the launch of Beyond Measure Training.

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