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

Student Incubator 

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.

Micro-Business Funding

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.

For more information about this major, please contact Chad Carson or Darin White. 

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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 Adamy

President, O'Henry's Coffee Birmingham, Alabama

Ted Alling

Chief Executive Officer, Access America Transport
Lookout Mountain, Tennessee

Michael Bell

Founding Partner, The Modern Brand
Birmingham, Alabama

Laura Brooks Bright

Marketing Team Leader, Baptist Health Systems
Birmingham, Alabama

Brandy Gibson

President and Chief Executive Officer, BFG & Associates LLC
Birmingham, Alabama

David Oakley

Senior Managing Director, Berkadia LLC
Birmingham, Alabama

Jeff Stephens

Senior Director of E-Commerce, Dave Ramsey Ministries
Nashville, Tennessee

Keith Brown

Co-Founder and Partner, State Traditions
Birmingham, Alabama

Chad Trull

President and Chief Executive Officer, HospiceLink
Birmingham, Alabama

Dan Pahos

Owner, Home Instead
Birmingham, Alabama

Greg Boggs

Co-Founder and Executive Vice President, University Fan Cards
Birmingham, Alabama

Cliff Bell

Senior Manager, Client Strategy and Consulting, CBRE Inc.
Birmingham, Alabama

Joie Campeaux Smith

Senior Territory Sales Manager, Mission Pharmacal
Birmingham, Alabama

Elizabeth Gettys

Account Executive, Burke Inc.
Cincinnati, Ohio

Chad Glover

Vice President and General Manager, MedMined at Becton Dickinson
Birmingham, Alabama

Anderson Hicklen

Managing Partner, AIM Group
Opelika, Alabama

Charlie Nelson

Projects Manager & Counsel, Nelson Brothers Incorporated
Birmingham, Alabama