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Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs

Department of Business & Economics



Entrepreneurial opportunities abound.  Entrepreneurs, those who "own, manage and assume the risks of a business or enterprise," are found in all types of firms from start-ups to long-established companies, and in all sectors of business: agriculture, e-business, franchise, manufacturing, not-for-profit, retail and wholesale.






Many students enthusiastically anticipate owning their own business.  They look forward to being their own boss, to capitalizing on their own skills, to accomplishing their own objectives. To realize their ambition, they will need a solid understanding of how markets behave and how businesses operate.

Students can prepare to become entrepreneurs within the Comprehensive Business Administration program.  Appropriate upper-level business and economics courses include:

  • Business Finance
  • Channels of Distribution
  • Consumer Behavior
  • Electronic Marketing
  • Human Resource Management
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Managerial Economics
  • Professional Selling
  • Supply Management
  • Business Law

Other courses may be selected to prepare students for work in specific sectors.  Production Operations Management, for example, is appropriate for students expecting to work in a manufacturing business.  Supply Management is useful for students planning on becoming distributors.  Business Marketing is useful for students expecting to be involved in business-to-business markets.  Electronic Marketing is important for students who will be using electronic media and/or channels in their business.

An internship in a small business can provide the future entrepreneur with the practitioner's perspective.  Open Elective credits can be used for such an internship. Independent Study can be used to study a specific industry or market.