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If I can do it, you can do it too
November 24, 2010

The Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CENTIN) organized a seminar “If I can do it, you can do it too” through the platform of the UMT Entrepreneurship Club. Young entrepreneurs representing different walks of life were invited to share the stories of their creativity and success with students. These young entrepreneurs said that they were motivated by a simple concept: instead of working for others, take a risk and establish your own business. It does not matter how small it is today. With persistence and hard work, your business will grow, creating vast employment opportunities and contributing to the national exchequer.

All speakers at the seminar were credited with running their own business enterprises. Atif Raza and Sadia Butt (PhD Scholar at local university) are running Movement for Independence of the Disabled, a non-governmental organization for the welfare and rehabilitation of people with special needs. Atif  is a trainer by profession and has rendered services for earthquake victims with physical disabilities. His courage and determination is remarkable because half of his body is completely paralyzed. Atif and Sadia said that it is high self esteem and belief in the self which drives you through the ups and down of life and allows you to make outstanding achievements.

Waqas Sheikh, MBA (marketing) and an alumnus of UMT, is successfully managing a beauty salon with a brand name of Men-X in Samanabad. He said that proper planning, balanced utilization of resources and ownership makes all the difference. Obaid Ahmed runs Meloka, a milk distribution firm. He said that students should try new ventures and avenues, and introduce latest trends and technology in businesses that are still languishing in the hands of untrained people.

Iteffaq Ahmed, a guest speaker at the seminar, is looking after two centers for physical fitness: National Gym in Bilal Gunj and Eagle Gym in Iqbal Town, Lahore. He has an excellent track record as a sportsman and is widely credited with having a strategic edge in manufacturing and supplying automatic gym equipments to physical fitness centers in far flung areas of the country. He said that he was able to transform his passion for sports into a successful business venture by utilizing his knowledge.

Aslam Qurashi runs MAQS Trade Impex, manufacturing fire and chemical proof gloves for industrial workers with a range of offices inside and outside Pakistan. He said that sky is the limit if you have a broad vision.

At the end, a question and answer session was held. Students were interested in all aspects of managing an independent venture, especially those related to personal sacrifices and financial barriers. The rationale for inviting all these entrepreneurs was to enrich the students with practical knowledge which they would be using in their future professional lives.  All the guest speakers were presented mementos as good will gestures.


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Muhammad Bilal
Nov 30 2010
It was a very good seminar. Got a lot of motivation. No job only Business....
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