Most business schools attempt to expose students to the "real-world" by having them analyze cases about existing business organizations and/or engaging in consulting projects. The Integrative Business Experience (IBE) uses exactly the opposite strategy.Instead of giving students what is inevitably a superficial exposure to someone else’s organization, we have them create and operate two organizations of their own. One is a start-up business (based on an actual bank loan of up to $5,000). The other involves using the profit from their business to carry out a hands-on community service project.
IF is a business hatchery that serves the whole campus but is located in Ward Edwards room 2411. Any student can apply to be in IF. To be accepted to IF, students give basic business information and sign a basic agreement. IF space is housed in the College of Business.
IF provides nascent or launching entrepreneurs a physical space, small conference table, white boards, wireless printers, faxes, and a computer. .
SIFE is a team open to any UCM student regardless of major. The SIFE also coordinate their activities with IBE, DECA and other management courses. Each semester, SIFE helps initiate and coordinate new and exciting projects to change lives on our campus and in our community. UCM SIFE also gives students a chance to travel to regional, national, and international competitions to present their projects, to network with industry, and student leaders, to participate in training seminars, and to attend career fairs.
Delta Epsilon Chi, the college division of DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America), is the newest addition to UCM’s business student organizations. Delta Epsilon Chi's mission is to enhance the co-curricular education of students with an interest in marketing, management and entrepreneurship. Through national and international competitions, networking, professional development opportunities and community service, Delta Epsilon Chi members develop specific skills and competencies needed to become successful leaders in business. Established in the fall of 2008 by an enthusiastic group of former DECA high-school officers, the club adopted the mission of the national organization to enhance their educational experience and to develop leadership skills in marketing, management, and entrepreneurship. Members have the opportunity to compete at state and national conferences, as well as work with other campus organizations on common projects.
Downtown space is dedicated for approximately 5-6 student businesses and IBE companies. Any individual student from any major can apply for use of the space. They must have a full business plan, and are chosen by committee. Space is given for one year. Products must be appropriate for the space and for UCM’s image and mission. Service companies can be incubated in same location.
Benefits to student entrepreneurs are visibility to Warrensburg, conference room space, mentoring opportunities through corporate sponsors, site visits with mentors, inclusion on special speakers. Students might later mentor other students. They could have free legal clinics, free accounting clinics, one-to-one mentoring from corporate sponsors, training and mentoring from the entrepreneur–in–residence, etc. In future, we hope there is seed money in the form of competitions and grants, for which they will be helped with applications. Come by and support UCM students by purchasing your favorite IBE product or other students' entrepreneurial product or service.
Several programs generated in the first classes of Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise (ESE) have meeting, storage, and learning space needs. The Greater Warrensburg Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center joined with the Harmon College of Business to create a not-for-profit workspace, to encourage community engagement at UCM, and to provide economic and community growth regionally. Ms. Long of the Warrensburg Chamber and Dr. McCord of HCBA envision the center as a place to break down barriers and silos between and within the University and Warrensburg, as well as the region. UCM student startups will be given one semester after their class ends to incubate their organizations for free
Big Idea Competition
The eZone just completed the second "Big Idea" Contest for all UCM students. This contest takes place every year to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship. Any student with an innovative idea for a new product or service is encouraged to apply. Also, every student applicant is eligible to join the UCM "Innovating for the Future - IF" hatchery in Ward Edwards 2411. The top 5 'Big Ideas' won prizes, donated by the Harmon College of Business & Professional Studies.
In addition, the winners will get free retail space for 4 months in downtown Warrensburg at the e2, 205 A North Holden! The picture of this page's banner is Amber Pope, 1st place winner for her idea of DIY Cupcake Shop.