Secrets to success to be shared Friday at FreshSpark

Published: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 2:42 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 2:42 p.m.

After holding a few seminars to motivate small-business owners and working with student entrepreneurs at the University of Florida, Student Maid founder Kristen Hadeed wanted to bring something big to Gainesville.

She started a business event company called FreshSpark in March and began inviting successful entrepreneurs to speak at the first of what she hopes to make an annual event.

“The idea is to create different types of events that help people from young students to seasoned business owners take it to the next level,” she said.

More than 600 people already have bought tickets to hear 12 speakers talk about the secret to success at reThink: Success from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday in the Fine Arts Hall at Santa Fe College. Tickets are $100 and are available at The event also will be streamed live in a separate room where tickets are available to students for $20. A donation to the charity of each speaker’s choice will be announced during the seminar.

Hadeed said the event has attracted so many people -- including young entrepreneurs and students to experienced business professionals -- because they normally would have to travel to larger cities for a similar speaking conference.

Speakers include Joe Cirulli of Gainesville Health and Fitness; Sam Tarantino of Grooveshark; Byron Young of CordaRoy’s, who was recently featured on “Shark Tank”; Geoff Wilson of 352[a]; “Awesomely Simple” author John Spence; Alex Sifakis of Jacksonville Wealth Builders; Jason Lucash of OrigAudio; Dina Dwyer-Owens of The Dwyer Group, who was recently featured on “Undercover Boss”; shoe designer Diana Kelly; Nadia Kamal of Onyx; and Gina Danner of Mail Print.

Hadeed also will screen an interview she conducted with Simon Sinek, author of “Start with Why.”

The event will include a showcase of 10 local startup companies and a food truck rally.

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