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Cal State Fullerton Alumna making noise in Chicago

By William LeValley

Cal State Fullerton alumna, Daniela Bolzmann, has had some major changes in her life over the past year. Bolzmann, an Entrepreneurship Graduate from CSUF in 2010, picked up her life here in Southern California and went east to the windy city of Chicago.

While maintaining her job in California by working from Chicago, Bolzmann was interested to get her hands on something local. After one month living in Chicago she participated in a Startup Weekend event where people come together to pitch ideas and build a product in one weekend.

It was there that she would form a team with other entrepreneurs and create the same-day delivery business, now known as WeDeliver. WeDeliver was born and took first place at Startup Weekend Chicago at the end of 2012. After the win, Bolzmann made the leap and quit her job to build WeDeliver full time with her new found team members.

“My experiences in the Entrepreneurship Program at CSUF exposed me to many transferable skills that I am using today. Instead of struggling to find a job after college I created my own opportunities for myself by starting my own companies, first as Founder of SocialSkoop and now as a Co-Founder of WeDeliver,” Bolzmann said.

Headquartered at 1871, a tech hub housing hundreds of start-ups in Chicago, WeDeliver  provides a modern take on same-day delivery for brick and mortar businesses. The company is using a crowd sourcing model for their deliveries and is in the same industry as companies like airbnb and lyft.

At this time, WeDeliver is in Beta and available by invitation only. They are creating jobs in the community and are on track to have over 250 merchants and well over 100 delivery specialists by the end of the year.

The company has caught fire with the people of Chicago too, calling them the “Über-for-deliveries.” Recently, they were featured on the front page of the Chicago Tribune showcasing their efforts in same-day delivery. WeDeliver was also named one of the hot up and coming start-ups in Chicago having won: Startup Weekend Chicago, IBM Global Entrepreneurship Mentor Day and TechWeek Launch 2013. The accomplishments, which include over $100,000 in cash and prizes, have allowed Bolzmann and her co-founders Kirk Lashley and Jimmy Odom to continue to grow the business.

Bolzmann and the WeDeliver team with the Mayor of Chicago after winning Techweek

There is still no telling as to when the company will branch outside of Chicago but at the rate of success they are on, it could be in the foreseeable future. Bolzmann is thriving in Chicago with the tools she learned as a student at CSUF. Implementing them with her passion to build a business of her own has led her to the success of WeDeliver.

Daniela Bolzmann and Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel sharing a fist bump

Bolzmann said: “Moving to Chicago has been a great adventure; we are doing great things for the community here and I cannot wait to bring WeDeliver to California. We have no plans as of yet, but talk to us in 6 months and we may have a different answer for you.”

Free Tickets to Social Media Event

Here is a shout out from Daniela A Bolzmann CSUF Alumni, Founder of SocialSkoop, “If you are a student, this is something you should be taking advantage of right away — free tickets to the 140 Conference on social media.

The 140 Conference creator, Jeff Pulver, is giving free entrance to the first 150 students. The140 conference events, take place all over the world and have taken place in: New York City, Los Angeles, London and Tel Aviv. These events explore the effects of twitter on a wide range of topics including: Celebrity, “The Media”, Advertising, Politics, Music, Education, Public Safety and Public Diplomacy.

The 140 Conference is coming to Los Angeles on October 4th and 5th and the creator, Jeff Pulver, is giving free entrance to the first 150 students. The 140 conference events, take place all over the world and have taken place in: New York City, Los Angeles, London and Tel Aviv. These events explore the effects of twitter on a wide range of topics including: Celebrity, “The Media”, Advertising, Politics, Music, Education, Public Safety and Public Diplomacy. The conferences were created by Jeff Pulver with the belief that it takes just one person to make change and that giving speakers a platform to share their beliefs can effect others for the greater good.

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by Daniela Bolzmann of SocialSkoop.com

CSUF Entrepreneurship Grad and Social Marketing Consultant

Entrepreneur Spirit: Roger Richards

Roger Richard of Wine Labs in Newport being interviewed (image: YouTube – click to go to video or watch below)

From time to time I will be interviewing Entrepreneurs making it happen in our community. In economic times like these there us much opportunity to be had but who are these brave people actually daring to take the risk and fulfill their entrepreneurial spirit.

This is Roger Richard’s story.

On a Wednesday afternoon I went down to my local wine bar, Wine Lab Newport, to interview Richard for a few hours as he did his weekly tasting of roughly 30 wines and five beers from various distributors. Yes, I participated but only in the name of the Entrepreneurial Spirit…and maybe a slight obsession for wine.

Roger Richards.The Entrepreneur.The Small Business Owner.The Wine Geek.
Roger is a middle-aged self-proclaimed wine geek who seems to be doing everything right in these tough economic times. Who better to learn from than someone who says that, “everyday is a lesson,” and that, “selling something that people don’t need in this tough economy is the best training he could have.” He is optimistic even as a wine representative told us that in 22 years of selling wine he has never seen it this bad for the wine industry down 25% in overall sales.

What inspired me to tell Roger’s story is a combination of things that he has in common with both myself and other young entrepreneurs. He is a small business owner using social media to engage customers and still works his day job to support his dream.

Wine Lab Newport
A small intimate wine bar with a laid back lounge type feel located on PCH in Newport Beach that has wine flights daily for $15-30. The daily specials are posted on their blog, Facebook and Twitter pages. They involve many local charities and school booster clubs to help raise money for a good cause. You can pair your wine flight with artisan cheeses starting at $10. Just a cool place to come hang out and expand your palette. Not to mention they feature over 200 bottles under $20, perfect for a college budget.

by Daniela Bolzmann of SocialSkoop.com

CSUF Entrepreneurship Student and Social Marketing  Consultant