Is it smart to go to school for entrepreneurship?

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Andrew Hanson, 22
The Heir
Andrew Hanson, 22
University of St. Thomas
Opus College of Business

My dad, Michael Hanson, and I had talked about my joining his firm, Hanson Financial, so the family-business management course seemed like a perfect fit. The class helped me identify my business leadership skills, but more importantly, it encouraged my dad and me to discuss critical issues, such as succession and workplace compatibility. Now is the time to start having these talks. I learned a lot from observing my father, and he got to see what I'm capable of in business. He realized how well I connect with people and how efficiently I handle my schoolwork. With a better understanding of my dad's business, I'm looking forward to joining it. Since the class, I have gotten my license to sell insurance and annuities, so I can start gaining experience. I'm excited about growing my dad's business and leaving a Hanson legacy.
- As told to Brandi Stewart

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