This question was presented to 35 students and alumni at a January 26th workshop. The workshop was presented by the recently established Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEI) at Nazareth College.
The attendees responded to the question with an enthusiastic "yes".
The participants, representing a wide variety of academic backgrounds, also explored the following questions:
1) What is entrepreneurship?
2) Do you have the personal qualities to be an entrepreneur?
3) Do you have an idea for a business?
4) Do you understand your idea and how it fits into market?
5) Do you know how to evaluate the idea?
These are foundation questions for every entrepreneur and the attendees learned how to find the answers.
The workshop was intended for those in the "conceptual" stage of business development. However, the attendees were eager to dig deeper into the advanced issues that face entrepreneurs (i.e. - promotional strategies, business financing, and business plan development). These issues, and more, will be addressed at future workshops.
The highlight of the session was the participation of two alumni entrepreneurs:
Louise and Nick shared their motivations for starting a business. They also discussed how they manage the many challenges of being an entrepreneur. They are great examples of the many Nazareth alumni who have taken control of their careers through business ownership.
SOM Dean, Jerry Zappia, facilitated the workshop with the alumni entrepreneurs: Louise McAffee '00 - BS Accounting - and Nick Woyciesjes '97 - BA Art.