Entrepreneurship at Any Age

2006 NJ Business Idea Competition Awards for High School Students to be Announced

Madison, NJ – (March 8, 2006) — What’s it like to put together a national manufacturing company from scratch — starting at the tender age of 82? Doris Drucker, inventor, author and entrepreneur, is able to answer that question and more when she delivers the 2006 Female Entrepreneur Lecture, “Entrepreneurship at Any Age” on March 31 at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s College at Florham Campus.

Drucker, the widow of management guru Peter Drucker, admits that many of her friends were startled by her decision to launch an industrial enterprise 20 years after most people settle into retirement. “A lot of people were surprised when I began building my company, and my children thought I’d gone off my rocker,” Drucker said. “But that didn’t slow me down at all! Why should starting a business at age 80 be different from starting one at any other age? All you really need is good health, some determination and huge amounts of energy. Fortunately, I seemed to have all three — and I found the challenge of inventing a product and then marketing it quite exhilarating.”

Doris Drucker, at age 82, invented the patented Visivox® system and started her own business, RSQ Associates. The Visivox® system is used in college lecture halls, auditoriums, and even churches. The system relays voice volume to warning lights on a console. That console can be positioned on a podium so that lecturer may monitor his or her speaking volume to ensure the message is reaching everyone in the room.

She earned a Master of Science in physics from Fairleigh Dickinson, and had previously earned a law degree and a Ph.D. in economics before moving from Europe to the United States.

On the same evening, FDU’s Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurial Studies will host the lecture as well as the 2006 New Jersey Business Idea Competition Awards for high school students in Lenfell Hall of the Mansion on FDU’s College at Florham Campus, Madison, NJ. A reception begins at 6 p.m. with the awards ceremony and Drucker’s lecture to follow. The evening is free and open to the public.

The New Jersey Business Idea Competition Awards Ceremony will honor the most viable business ideas from high school students from all sections of the state. The faculty of the Rothman Institute judged their entrepreneurial ideas. Cash prizes and certificates will be awarded.

To register for the March 31 event or for more information, call 973-443-8842. This event is free to pre-registered attendees, however there is a $50 fee at the door for non-registrants.

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