:: Local Entrepreneur Shares Expertise

Posted: January 2010

Gary Hoover Teaches BA 320F for UEX

Know what it takes to be an entrepreneur, a modern day pioneer who forges into uncharted territory to create and build a new venture?

This spring, University Extension (UEX) is offering BA 320F – Foundations of Entrepreneurship, an introduction to the ideas, history, and skills of entrepreneurship, a field in which only those with true desire, energy, and tenacity will thrive. Local businessman and entrepreneur Gary Hoover will share his expertise in the area of entrepreneurship as a guest speaker for the course, which is scheduled to meet on Mondays from 6-9 p.m. starting January 25.

Hoover has a long history of growing businesses in Austin, Texas. In 1982, he founded Bookstop, which became one of the top national bookstore chains by the time it was acquired by Barnes & Noble in 1989. Hoover then co-founded the company that would become Hoover’s, Inc., a leading provider of information about companies, industries, and executives in the business world. Hoover’s was acquired by Dun & Bradstreet in 2003, and currently maintains a database of 33 million companies and other organizations world-wide. Hoover continues to keep over 100 ideas for new businesses, maintains a 50,000 book personal library, and works actively to encourage entrepreneurial thinking in every industry everywhere.

Recently, Gary Hoover was named entrepreneur-in-residence for the Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship at the McCombs School of Business at UT Austin, and he will be the featured speaker of a lecture series called “The Story of Enterprise.” The lecture series, which is open to the public, is being co-hosted by the Kelleher Center and the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center. The series began in December 2009, and Hoover will speak once a month through March 2010 on a variety of business topics.

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