UCM Entrepreneurship Program Opens Downtown Warrensburg Location
Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Oct. 25, 2012) – The University of Central Missouri and the Entrepreneur Zone in UCM’s Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies joined the Greater Warrensburg Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center in the launch “e2: experience entrepreneurship,” a new hands-on education opportunity for UCM students located at 205A North Holden in downtown Warrensburg.
“This is a great example of UCM’s commitment to providing opportunities for engaged learning for our students,” said UCM President Charles Ambrose. “This space provides another reason for the synergy between downtown Warrensburg and UCM. It also gives us a chance to recognize the skills that are going to create tomorrow’s leaders.”
The downtown location will provide an outlet for students in the Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise program at UCM to work in a student company venture, or to incubate and showcase their own entrepreneurial venture with faculty support.
The first tenants of the space were selected by ESE faculty and include winners of the Big Idea Contest, sponsored by the Entrepreneur Zone earlier this fall. In addition, LiveRed, one of the Integrated Business Experience student companies for the fall semester, has opened the thrift store at the e2 location. IBE student companies also will continue to market their products from the location while providing volunteer support for the e2 program during future semesters.
The purpose of the e2 center is to extend learning in the classroom into a hands-on business opportunity within the Warrensburg community for UCM students. This Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree program offers students hands-on, real experiences to help them prepare for a socially aware entrepreneurial career, a career in social enterprise, or both.
This program is unique in its focus on promoting new ventures that start from the ground up with practical, innovative and sustainable approaches that benefit society in general. Students will use knowledge and skills from the program to:
- Design, launch and/or grow new businesses in a variety of sectors, return home to assist family businesses, or take on business development roles at growth-oriented companies.
- Interact with others to create business solutions and innovations with a social conscience, develop technology that is environmentally sustainable and tackle social problems with profitable solutions.
- Apply analysis and problem solving skills to provide meaningful and sustainable service to the University, community, and citizens of Missouri and the world.
- Develop skills and attitudes required for life-long learning and serving others.
Since its inception in the fall of 2010, the ESE program has grown to include 69 enrolled majors and five minors for the fall 2012 semester.
Learn more about the Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise program at UCM by contacting MaryMcCord, professor of management, at 660-422-2857.