To Lara Merriam-Smith, MBA, “Entrepreneurship is more than just a profession. It’s a mindset I’ve embraced in every job I’ve had and every business I’ve created.” This quarter, Lara is excited to bring this mindset as well as her business development and classroom instruction expertise to Continuing Ed in her half-day class, So You Want to Be an Entrepreneur? Know What It Takes to Start Your Own Business.
Lara became an effective classroom instructor after earning a master of arts in geography from the University of Wyoming and developing and teaching a college-level curriculum in the subject for three years in Arizona. She then became a one-woman geography department at Whatcom Community College for two years. “I love to teach and really enjoyed my time there, but now I am a CEO,” Lara explained.
Since 2006, as CEO of Aral Productions, Lara has helped businesses find and organize the information they need to grow. And after inventing a high-fashion accessory that keeps women’s clothing straps in place, Lara has spent the last 6 years refining her product and its marketing.
After earning a University of Phoenix MBA in 2010, Lara combined what she’d learned there with her entrepreneurial and teaching experience to help develop a revolutionary business training and mentoring program for Ferndale-based Brilliance Enterprises. “As an educator, I encourage my students to embrace innovative thinking and look at the world around them differently,” Lara commented.
To learn more about Lara’s class, see the course description for So You Want to Be an Entrepreneur?