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Startup Study Hall with Jim Carpenter

April 18, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Topic: How to turn a lifelong passion into a profit-making venture

Jim Carpenter will share how he decided on a franchise model, how he grew the company nationally and how to market to current and future bird lovers. Attendees will learn the fundamentals of how franchising works and how some of those elements can be applied to a scalable business model. You will also learn how collaborating with national organizations can help you raise awareness about your product, service and mission.

Speaker Bio:

Jim Carpenter is the Founder, President and CEO of Wild Birds Unlimited, a retail store that specializes in bird seed, bird feeders, and many other bird feeding supplies. Jim Carpenter opened the first Wild Birds Unlimited in 1981 in Indianapolis, Indiana. By 1983, Carpenter started franchising his concept. Wild Birds Unlimited has grown to over 300 stores across the United States and Canada.

The company provides the products and services that help people bring birds into their backyards. The company works directly with well-known organizations such as the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Audubon Society, National Wildlife Federation, and the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation to preserve wildlife habitat and educate people about wild birds.


6:00 pm – Eat, chat and find your seat

6:10 pm​ – Welcome

6:15 pm – Executive Mentor leads discussion

7:20 pm – Create 1 goal to be completed within 2 weeks – Executive Mentors will follow up with each student

7:30 pm – Wrap up

Members may attend Startup Study Halls at no additional fee. Future members may purchase individual tickets to Startup Study Hall at $25.

Diversity is a competitive advantage. Men and women are invited to attend all Startup Ladies events.

*Tickets are non-refundable.


April 18, 2018
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


The Startup Ladies


Wild Birds Unlimited
3956 East 82nd Street
Indianapolis, IN 46240 United States
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