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TCU E-Ship Student Shares Advice on Running a Biz in College with Nerdwallet

“Balancing it all is really hard,” Agar says, “but it’s well worth it.” And it helps to be at a university like TCU that offers resources for young entrepreneurs to give them a competitive edge. 

January 21,  2015

By Elaine Cole

In an article about starting and running a small business while still in college, TCU entrepreneur Tanner Agar was featured for his success with his online food startup, The Chef Shelf. Agar started his business while a student at TCU, winning several competitions for his business plan. He graduated with his TCU BBA in December 2014 and will continue to expand his business.  

In the Nerdwallet article, Agar said he balanced record-setting orders as he readied for graduation.

“To be tired because of all your sales is the best problem ever,” Agar is quoted as saying. “All the sleep I didn’t get in December I can catch up on in January.” The Chef Shelf, which ships foods from Texas chefs to consumers across the U.S., had 11 times more sales in December 2014 than the previous year.

The article recommends five steps for aspiring college entrepreneurs: Go to an entrepreneurial college such as TCU, ranked No. 6 for entrepreneurship by Bloomberg Businessweek; qualify for free money; set up a website; build your community; think big.

Agar gives advice on creating personal connections to foster a loyal following, and building on your college success after graduation. He plans to expand his customer base, hire employees and find angel investors as he operates out of Tech Fort Worth incubator rent-free for another year, courtesy of the Neeley School.

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