Perdue School of Business
Perdue Hall

Entrepreneurship Series

Entrepreneurship Series Videos

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Frank Gunion

Frank Gunion
Founder of South Moon Under  (17:09)
 

Mike Nally

Mike Nally
Lead Your Way Solutions (26:12)

Dave Rommel

Dave Rommel
Harley Davidson (18:27)

The mission of the Franklin P. Perdue School of Business at Salisbury University on the Eastern Shore of Maryland is to provide students with the knowledge and skills for personal and professional success. The Perdue School promotes the generation of innovative ideas, which are often embodied in the creation of a new enterprise, and provides several resources to help our students realize their entrepreneurial potential.

Perdue School students learn by doing, through case study activity, through group projects, through exposure to local business (through undergraduate and graduate consulting courses), and through frequent public presentations. The school offers a course in entrepreneurship, which is like a capstone course for those with entrepreneurial ambitions. The primary project for the course involves the conceptualization of an idea for a new enterprise, then writing and presenting a business plan.

Students have many opportunities to test their skills in public competitions, whether in sales, ethics, or cases. In entrepreneurship, the signature event is a business plan competition. The Richard Bernstein Achievement Award for Excellence recognizes the best plan, as judged by a panel of business experts (entrepreneurs, bankers, CPAs, etc.). The winner earns $5,000, and all the finalists receive invaluable advice from the judges on how to improve their changes of success. More information on the competition may be found on the Bernstein site.

Students who need additional assistance with creating a business plan may utilize the services of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC). The SBDC provides advice and insight into shaping their ideas into realities. For instance, the SBDC offers business plan workshops each semester.

The members of the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization (CEO) and their advisor are also devoted to encouraging, motivating, and inspiring those who thrive on the idea of starting a business. The organization acts as a hub for entrepreneurial spirit by inviting local business owners to share business experience and knowledge with our students. This organization welcomes students of all majors and backgrounds who wish to find that spark of inspiration and knowledge from experienced professionals. Their Facebook page may be found at http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid=2216767264.

BEACON is another resource available to our entrepreneurial students. The Business Economic and Community Outreach Network of the Franklin P. Perdue School of Business offers business, economic, workforce, and community development consulting and assistance services to a variety of organizations, including businesses, government agencies, and non-profit community-based organizations. Their goals are to provide students with a wide variety of experiential learning opportunities including mentors.

In celebration of the entrepreneurial spirit, the University has hosted local business owners sharing their stories and experiences with our students. Our aim was not only to educate the students with important life lessons stemming from their own business startup, but to send a message to current student entrepreneurs to follow their passions and make their ideas become realities. Among the entrepreneurs who visited the Perdue School were Frank Gunion, founder of South Moon Under; Mike Nally of Lead Your Way Solutions; and Dave Rommel of Harley Davidson.