North Central College - Naperville, IL

Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management

Why choose entrepreneurship and small business management at North Central College?

North Central is one of the few colleges in the country offering this innovative combined major. Why do we do it? Because entrepreneurship students rarely start their own business immediately after graduating; instead, they often learn the ropes by working for another small business. North Central prepares you for that transitional step. Our small business management training gives you an edge in landing your first job out of college, which in turn provides the on-the-job training you’ll need to launch your own venture.

You can also:

  • Find internships and jobs at the thousands of small businesses in the Naperville and Chicagoland areas.
  • Complete at least one required internship by shadowing the owner/operator of a privately held company in the industry of your choice.
  • Attend presentations by guest speakers who share their experiences, offer advice and answer questions.
  • Get a head start on your major by completing two entrepreneurial courses during your first year.
  • Apply what you’ve learned in class to entrepreneurial projects through student organizations like the Entrepreneurship and International Business Organization (EIBO) and Enactus.
  • Attend professional events such as the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization annual conference in Chicago and the Self-Employment in the Arts Conference.


International business students at North Central College help an Aurora manufacturer explore the exporting process.
At OWP Pharmaceuticals housed at ConVerge in Naperville, North Central College interns experienced the start-up culture of a social enterprise.
Recent NCC’s Best projects include partnership with Elmhurst coffee company, compostable single-serving coffee, in-house coffee roaster.



  • Reality Fitness, Naperville
  • Production and planning intern, Stitely Entertainment, Evanston, IL
  • Assistant manager, The Toy Business, Chicago
  • Operations trainee, Olympic Controls Corporation, Elgin, IL
  • Development assistant, Family Shelter Services, Wheaton, IL


Recent graduates in entrepreneurship and small business management include:

  • Founder, Suburban Real Estate
  • Founder, Quality Logo Products
  • Owner, Naperville Pom and Cheer
  • Owner, Summer Thornton Design
Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management and Managment double major

“Location, personal attention, beautiful campus, wonderful people, cross country and track teams, business program … I knew my opportunities at North Central would be endless,” says Amanda.

Amanda dreams of owning her own business someday. To that end, she added entrepreneurship and small business management to her finance and management majors. Her efforts outside the classroom with Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) gave her real-world experiences that defined her business model.

"Because of SIFE, which focuses on social change through ethical and transparent business practices, I’ve come to believe that business should be about people over profit.” As co-president of NCC’s Best, a student-run...

Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management

Nora always wanted to be her own boss.

“I’ve always had a dream to work for myself,” she says. “My experience at North Central College really expanded my knowledge of all the elements needed to effectively run a business.”

Nora worked closely with North Central’s Office of Career Development, which provides guidance, tools and resources to help students meet professional objectives. She landed a summer internship with Jewel-Osco as part of a management trainee program. She also interned at Forecast5 Analytics as a social media generalist. She accepted a full-time position at the same company after graduation.

Nora still hopes to operate her own small business someday.

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Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management, marketing, management triple major

While the size, location and atmosphere of North Central College were all traits Kathryn was looking for in a college, the entrepreneurship and small business management (ESBM) major cinched the deal for her.

“I’ve always been fascinated by entrepreneurship. Growing up, my dad owned his own business. I could see how much he loved the freedom and his sense of pride. Once I realized I could major in ESBM, I seized the opportunity immediately.”

Kathryn credits her ability to practice and develop entrepreneurial skills to internships available through North Central. “I’ve been fortunate to intern at multiple companies, big and small, across the nation. Most recently, I interned for an experiential...

Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management major

Kevin has used many of the concepts he’s learning as an entrepreneur and small business management major to create an online company with one of his classmates. As a student, he’s already well on his way to fulfilling a career goal.

“I want to run businesses that I start from the ground up,” he says. “If you want to be your own boss and like the idea of ‘the sky is the limit,’ entrepreneurship is a great major for you.”

Kevin and his business partner Mat Borej were in many of the same classes when they created their company, Flip Your iPhone. Their solid foundations in several business-related areas made the start-up process manageable.

“The major incorporates finance, accounting, marketing...