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Local businessman discusses entrepreneurship at NOVA-Manassas

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Steven Fine of Pullin Electric recently spoke to a business class at the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College.

As a 2008 NOVA graduate, Fine easily related to the students who were interested to hear his real-world advice about the topics they are studying in their “Introduction to Business” course. Fine talked about managing the business, training good employees, keeping customers happy and other aspects of running a successful company.

After graduating from NOVA, Fine earned a bachelor’s degree in business management at James Madison University before joining Pullin Electric. He was invited to Professor Cathleen Cogdill’s class by his sister-in-law who is enrolled in the course.

“My class really enjoyed Steven’s candor and honesty,” Cogdill said. “Most of my students are recent high school graduates and will benefit from his thoughts on working hard and finding your passion.”

At the end of his presentation, the students asked a variety of questions and were surprised to learn that even with a bachelor’s degree Fine needed additional education to give him the hands-on skills required in his business. He plans to earn more credentials and encouraged everyone to become lifelong learners.

Pullin Electric (www.pullinelectric.com) is a family-owned electrical contracting company serving the Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C., metro area. The Manassas-based company has 35 years of specialized electrical expertise.

For more information, contact Cogdill at ccogdill@nvcc.edu.

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