Steve Kraner, a Herndon-based sales consultant, supports iMADdu at the upcoming Extreme Entrepreneur Event
Fairfax, VA — As the owner of a local Sandler Training® Franchise, Steve Kraner has worked with 1,000’s of high tech CEO’s around the world. He is leveraging his expertise to give-back to the local entrepreneurial community by working with the iMADdu (I make a difference, do you?) organization.
“I’ve seen first hand how important a replicable sales process is to set a young company on a stable growth path. And, I really enjoy the energy of CEOs at growing companies. So, I was very excited to get involved with iMADdu,” Kraner stated.
The Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour, brought to you by the National Chamber Foundation, the Campaign for Free Enterprise, and iMADdu, will be held at George Mason University on Thursday, November 4, 2010 from 1-5PM in Dewberry Hall. The event will bring together local entrepreneurs and students for a series of intense afternoon workshops, speed networking activities, and keynote talks by successful young business owners. Kraner’s firm served as a sponsor of iMADdu, which served as the local organizer for the event.
The Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour: is presented in partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Campaign for Free Enterprise and with additional support from Inc. Magazine. Founded by award-winning entrepreneurs Michael Simmons and Sheena Lindahl when they were just 25-years-old, the tour is comprised of many of America’s top young entrepreneurs who’ve made, earned, or sold a company for millions and/or made a huge impact before the age of 30! The vision of the tour is for all of America’s college students to graduate with an entrepreneurial mindset.
The Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour has held over 150 events throughout the country and has attracted more than 600 people at tour events. The organization has received the Innovation Award from the National Association of Development Organizations and the Program of the Year award from Northern Michigan University.
“We are delighted to have the continuing support from industry leaders such as Steve Kraner,” explained iMADdu’s founder Mona Olsen.
In addition to working with iMADdu, Kraner also provides pro-bono guidance to clients of the Mason Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the Mason Enterprise Center at the School of Public Policy at George Mason University.
“I’m a big fan of the volunteer work that Mona Olsen does at iMADdu and that John Casey does at Mason SBDC,” Kraner explained.
Kraner’s interest in entrepreneurship runs in the family. His daughter Danielle Kraner, a University of Virginia sophomore, founded an iMADdu chapter at her university this past summer.
iMADdu empowers the next generation of entrepreneurs by providing hands-on experiences through apprenticeships that impact the local small business community. iMADdu bridges the gap between the academic and the practical at the university level. For more information, visit www.iMakeADifferenceDoYou.org or follow us on Facebook/iMADduorg and Twitter: imadduorg.
About Steve Kraner
Steve Kraner is NOT a natural salesman. He describes himself as an engineer who crossed over to the dark side. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Engineering from West Point and an MBA from Loyola College. He has built successful high-tech divisions within two major U.S. corporations: Siecor Corp and Digital Equipment Corp. His experience includes winning in commercial and federal selling environments. For more information, go to http://hightechguru.sandler.com or email Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (703) 966-0192.