Businessman, real estate developer, philanthropist and one-time “juice man” Bill Cummings explained how he started small and made it big during a talk on Tuesday at Northeast Arc’s Black Box Theater.

About 100 people, including students from several North Shore schools, turned out to hear the conversation between Cummings, who is nearly 82 and lives in Winchester, and radio talk show host Kim Carrigan of Swampscott.

Later, he spent time greeting young people and signing his self-published autobiography, “Starting Small and Making it Big, An Entrepreneur’s Journey to Billion-Dollar Philanthropist.”

“I thought it was great to hear how he got to where he is now,” said Danvers High junior Colby Thomson, who was impressed by how Cummings “changed his business strategy from making profits to giving back to the community.”

“No matter what happens in life,” Danvers High senior Skye Healy said, “you can always be successful.”

Cummings is the founder of Cummings Properties.

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