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Published April 17, 2012, 10:16 PM

UND Business Students Network with CEOs

GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV)- UND Business students learned the true meaning of "networking" as they questioned dozens of CEO's on Tuesday afternoon. The CEO Summit gives students the opportunity to ask many questions like how to run a business.

GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV)- UND Business students learned the true meaning of "networking" as they questioned dozens of CEO's on Tuesday afternoon. The CEO Summit gives students the opportunity to ask many questions like how to run a business.

Although many students were wondering where to get their first start, many found themselves in a competition for collecting business cards in hopes of making a connection for a future job.

Nik Butz is an MBA student who believes networking is the pinnacle to any future job.

"An excellent opportunity to network--networking is the key activity these days because its really a buzzworthy business," said MBA student, Nik Butz.

And just 30 minutes into the summit, he already had his hands full with business cards.

"Some of my classmates always have a competition when we go to these events to see how many business cards we can collect, right now I'm at 3--I hope I'm winning right now," said Butz.

Students say its not all about who you know, but who your connections know.

"To meet as many people as you can and getting your name out there and kind of just networking with them, knowing who they know too, because maybe they know someone who can help you along the way," said an MBA and Law School student Kristin Heck.

But CEO's say the connections are better made within the student community.

"To build a network amongst themselves that will serve them for their entire career," said J.L.G. CEO Lonnie Laffen.

Either way business leaders say its all about picking a career you enjoy.

"A career that they can be passionate about. They can get up everyday and say I really like what I'm doing," said TriPointe CEO Dale Morrison.

"Find something that you're passionate about and to really go and live your dream," said CVIC CEO Kristi Hall-Jiran.

So as some students polish off those final skills before graduation, they say its nice to know these successful business leaders were once in their shoes.

CEOs say questions ranged from the basic how do you run your business questions to how to trade with an international business.

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