Oak Brook college student starts his own business
John Lizzadro of Oak Brook launched an online trading business in July.
Updated: December 9, 2012 6:12AM
OAK BROOK — John Lizzadro, a 2010 Hinsdale Central graduate from Oak Brook who is now a junior at DePaul University, launched an online business in July, www.Norkel.com, to give college students, and anyone else interested, the opportunity to buy, sell, and trade items. Lizzadro believes there is a market open for a venue allowing college students to make transactions to buy and sell various items right on campus. The focus for now is at DePaul, although the Norkel website has more than 150 colleges and universities, nationwide, listed.
Q. Why did you decide at this time to start your business?
A. I really think there’s a need for something like this, and I waited about six months to see if someone would do something. The initial idea was textbooks, but it really can be anything.
Q. What did it take to get started?
Q. How many people are involved in the business?
Q. How does it work for those who want to buy, sell or trade something?
Q. What’s the biggest challenge in making Norkel successful?
Q. What are your business plans for the future with Norkel?
Q. Where did you come up with the name, Norkel?