College of Business Administration to Offer New Entrepreneurship Major in Fall 2008


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Beginning with the Fall Semester 2008, the College of Business Administration at Kent State will offer a new major in entrepreneurship.

The new major will provide undergraduate students with plenty of hands-on experience. “Exposure is key,” explains Dr. Richard Kolbe, chair of the Department of Marketing. “A big role that business colleges can play is to remove the naivete from the fledgling business person and show them that business is tough.”

Students in the John S. Brinzo Entrepreneurial Lab are currently working on developing a business plan for the Portage County Red Cross.
Photo courtesy of the American Red Cross

Students in the John S. Brinzo Entrepreneurial Lab are currently working on developing a business plan for the Portage County Red Cross.

Students enrolled in the new program will take an Introduction to Entrepreneurship course during their freshman year and a two-semester Entrepreneurial Experience course, in which they will run their own business, during their sophomore year. After completing the first two courses, students then may apply to enter the entrepreneurship major.

In addition, students will be provided with multiple resources. One such resource is a dedicated workspace at the John S. Brinzo Entrepreneurial Lab, where students can work on their own business ventures. Currently, students are helping with a student-run restaurant that will open in the newly renovated Water Street Tavern. The restaurant will offer pub food, such as wings, fries, salads, subs and wraps, and will be uniquely tailored to meet student needs by offering late-night hours and delivery.

In addition, students who work at the lab may perform consulting work with entrepreneurs who are looking for assistance with business and marketing plans, feasibility studies and other research projects. Current projects underway at the lab include developing a business plan for the Portage County Red Cross, helping a local artist and entrepreneur with a new venture called MudBugs and helping a former professional soccer player create a new hybrid soccer league played on a basketball court.

The new entrepreneurship major offers plenty of flexibility, making it conducive to students interested in double majors, says Kolbe. “A double major in management, marketing, finance, accounting or some other field will add a great asset to a student’s portfolio.”

By Wil Christe

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