Mark C. Goldenberg (Founder & Managing Partner), Jennifer Fourcault (Legal Administrator) and Lisa Stapleton (Paralegal) led the Edwardsville CEO Program students on a talk and tour of their lovely building in Edwardsville this morning.
Mark shared that his love of numbers began at the age of 4 when he would operate the cash register while standing on a milk carton at his family’s grocery store. His dream was to become a tax accountant! After receiving his accounting degree from University of Illinois (GO ILLINI!), he decided to pursue a law degree to better prepare himself to work in the tax department for a CPA firm.
After taking on several side jobs in law, Mark saw an opportunity to merge his two areas of expertise and starting a dual practice CPA/law firm. Fast forward through accepting an invitation to be a city attorney, several large cases and a 3-way company merger, Mark continues to serve as Managing Partner for the firm he founded over 30 years ago.
His advice for our young entrepreneurs?
• Clear communication is key! Clearly define what you are providing to your customers and what you are getting in return.
• Do your due diligence. Spend the time doing the research and assessing potential costs & revenue in your market.
• Start a business in something about which you are passionate. If you don’t enjoy what you are doing, you likely won’t do it for very long.
Mark attributed his successes to the incredible team of key people that surround him. Our law firm is dedicated to not only taking care of our clients and our employees, but in supporting the surrounding community. Goldenberg Heller & Antognoli, P.C. is thrilled to be an Edwardsville CEO Program investor!
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