When

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM EST
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Where

South Mandarin Branch Library 
12125 San Jose Blvd
Multipurpose Room A & B
Jacksonville, FL 32223
 

 
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Contact

Kelly Wilder 
SCORE Jacksonville 
 
kellywilder@scorevolunteer.org 
 

SCORE WORKSHOP: Should I Own a Business? 

You are invited to a FREE SCORE Workshop - "Should I Own a Business".

Summary/ What You Will Learn:

This workshop will discuss the characteristics, backgrounds and mindsets of successful small business owners.  This should allow you to see whether you have what it takes to succeed as an entrepreneur.  We will also show you how to evaluate your skills to understand what areas you need to work on to increase your chances of success.
This workshop will cover the following topics:
  • What is entrepreneurship?
  • What is the entrepreneurial process?
  • Is entrepreneurship limited to certain age groups or gender?
  • Do I need a college degree in business to be successful?
  • What are the paths to owning a business?
  • How do successful entrepreneurs think?
  • What are the personal characteristics of successful entrepreneurs?
  • What are the chances my business will succeed?
  • How will I know if I have the skills needed to succeed?
 
Our Presenter is  
William (Bill) Pray
 
In 1984, Mr. Pray was elected President of Barnett Brass and Copper Inc. in Jacksonville Fl, which at that time was a regional supplier of plumbing products to contractors. The revenues at the time were $25 million with approximately 50 employees. By 1996, after opening 36 Distribution centers, increasing product listing to include hardware and electrical products, and developing a telesales and outside sales force, the company under Mr. Pray's leadership was able to increase it's sales revenue to $300 million with approximately 1,500 employees. That same year, the company did an initial public offering and went public. In 2000 the company was sold to Interline Brands.  Mr. Pray stayed on with the company as Senior Vice President and Chief Merchandising Officer until his retirement in 2007.
Bill Pray's business specialties are Leadership, Sales and Marketing, Supply Chain management, Product Branding and Import purchasing.

Bill's best business tips are never give up, be resourceful and except failure as a learning experience.

Bill Pray is currently the Chapter Chair of SCORE's Jacksonville Chapter.