Entrepreneurship involves identifying, evaluating and pursuing opportunities that create economic and social value. The Brock School of Business entrepreneurship program includes classes and activities, many of which have received national recognition, to train aspiring entrepreneurs to start their own businesses, work in small or family businesses or lead innovation in large businesses.
Nationally Recognized Program
Recognized in 2010 as the best new entrepreneurship program in the U.S. by the United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE).
Regions New Venture Challenge Business Plan Competition
The Regions New Venture Challenge is an annual business plan competition that rewards innovative students with cash prizes as seed money to start their own business. Many of the winners of this competition are thriving entrepreneurs today. Regions New Venture Challenge Rules and Guidelines
The Brock School of Business Student Incubator provides a way for our student entrepreneurs to have a place to run their business without having to deal with large start-up costs which makes it easier for students to start their business.
First Year Business Student Enterpreneurial Experience
First year business students have an opportunity to experience what it means to be an entrepreneur by taking BUSA 100. This course provides students the opportunity to write preliminary business plans and compete in their own division of the Regions New Venture Challenge each spring.
Students can launch and run their own businesses during their junior year through micro-business funding. Top teams are eligible for residency in the Student Business Incubator.
Entrepreneurship, Management and Marketing Advisory Board
The Advisory Board for the Department of Entrepreneurship, Management and Marketing plays several important roles as a conduit to the business community. Board members provide guidance on course content so that our curriculum stays current with the needs of the profession. While some of the board members offer internships and jobs with their companies, the introductions our board members give us to other professionals in the business community are extremely valuable – both in terms of employment opportunities and mentorship for our students.
Randy AdamyPresident, O'Henry's Coffee Birmingham, Alabama
Ted AllingChief Executive Officer, Access America Transport
Lookout Mountain, Tennessee
Michael BellFounding Partner, The Modern Brand
Laura Brooks BrightMarketing Team Leader, Baptist Health Systems
Brandy GibsonPresident and Chief Executive Officer, BFG & Associates LLC
David OakleySenior Managing Director, Berkadia LLC
Jeff StephensSenior Director of E-Commerce, Dave Ramsey Ministries
Keith BrownCo-Founder and Partner, State Traditions
Chad TrullPresident and Chief Executive Officer, HospiceLink
Dan PahosOwner, Home Instead
Greg BoggsCo-Founder and Executive Vice President, University Fan Cards
Cliff BellSenior Manager, Client Strategy and Consulting, CBRE Inc.
Joie Campeaux SmithSenior Territory Sales Manager, Mission Pharmacal
Elizabeth GettysAccount Executive, Burke Inc.
Chad GloverVice President and General Manager, MedMined at Becton Dickinson
Anderson HicklenManaging Partner, AIM Group
Charlie NelsonProjects Manager & Counsel, Nelson Brothers Incorporated