Paul Orfalea, Founder of Kinko's, to Speak at FDU
Part of "Inside Great Business Minds" Series
Madison, NJ (May 25, 2005)—On Wednesday, June 8, 2005,"Inside Great Business Minds," an educational series sponsored by FDU's Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurial Studies, will present Paul Orfalea, founder and chairperson emeritus of Kinko's, Inc., in a Q & A discussion format, similar to the one used on the popular television show "Inside the Actors Studio."
Paul Orfalea, who in 1970 started Kinko's near the University of California at Santa Barbara with a simple idea: provide college students with products and services they need at a competitive price. With a single copying machine, a $5,000 loan and an unfailing vision, he built Kinko's from a one-man operation in a converted hamburger stand into a corporate powerhouse with over 1,200 branches worldwide and 23,000 co-workers.
Much of Kinko's success can be traced directly to Orfalea's freethinking, creative style. His theories and instincts on how to operate a successful business were grounded in his passion for retailing, in insistence on taking care of his co-workers and customers, and his sharp eye for opportunity. Kinko's was selected by Fortune magazine in 1999, 2000 and 2001 as one of the "100 Best Companies to Work with in America." Forbes magazine also ranked Kinko's 84th “500 Biggest Private Companies," and Working Mother magazine listed Kinko's in its "Best Companies for Working Mothers" 2001 issue.
The event, which will be of interest to students as well as to local and regional business community members, will start at 5 p.m. in Lenfell Hall in the Mansion on FDU's College of Florham campus in Madison, NJ.
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