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School of Business & Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship

Why pursue a degree in entrepreneurship at North Central College?

Entrepreneurs know how to build, promote and manage their own business, and are typically known as innovators who are good at coming up with new ideas, services and goods. Entrepreneurs also play the role of “jack of all trades”, learning how to develop, design, produce, market and sell. This program is designed to give you a comprehensive business core as well as hands on experience in on-campus clubs like American Marketing Association. At North Central, you will acquire the skills necessary to start a business from the ground up. You will also learn how to apply your creativity and entrepreneurial energy into making an existing business more productive. You may go on to own and operate a small store, tech startup, creative online idea or add value to an existing business. Whatever you may do with your entrepreneurial skills, entrepreneurship will be an extremely rewarding and fulfilling career.

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN

  • Building, promoting and managing your own business
  • Identifying needs and innovating solutions in the marketplace
  • Taking on the role as CEO or leader of your own company

then a degree in ENTREPRENEURSHIP might be for you.

Why study entrepreneurship at North Central College?

In the Classroom

Coursework topics:

  • 11-course comprehensive business core
  • Applied entrepreneurship
  • Design thinking for social impact
  • Entrepreneurship experimentation
  • Entrepreneurship exploration
  • Entrepreneurship strategy
  • Finance and law for social impact
  • Introduction to web development
  • Marketing in social impact
  • Marketing research
  • Professional selling
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Social innovation

Beyond the Classroom

As an Entrepreneurship major, you can:

  • Simulate trading and access thousands of proprietary reports in the Bloomberg Finance Lab, equipped with ten dual-monitor workstations, Bloomberg Terminal software, and Bloomberg’s unique keyboards.
  • Become “Bloomberg Certified” by completing a series of advanced financial modules in our Bloomberg Finance Lab.
  • Apply for internships and jobs through robust faculty and alumni networks or the Center for Career and Professional Development.
  • Attend presentations by guest speakers who share their experiences, offer advice and answer questions.
  • 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 (CEO) annual conference in Chicago and the Self Employment in the Arts (SEA) Conference.
  • Complete a student consulting project through North Central’s business accelerator ConVerge.

More Department information

Entrepreneurship, B.B.A.

Entrepreneurship focuses on developing capabilities in new enterprise development, customer validation and small and family business management.  Courses specifically build competencies in the entrepreneurial mindset, opportunity recognition, opportunity evaluation, business model design, raising capital and the lean startup methodology.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Management and Marketing.

Common SBE Core

Entrepreneurship Courses

Two of the following:

Entrepreneurship Minor

Entrepreneurship focuses on developing capabilities in new enterprise development, customer validation and small and family business management.  Courses specifically build competencies in the entrepreneurial mindset, opportunity recognition, opportunity evaluation, business model design, raising capital and the lean startup methodology.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Management and Marketing.

A minimum of 24 credit hours, including:

Elective

Two of the following:

Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management Internships and Jobs

A North Central education integrates career preparation with rich academic study. Our faculty encourages you to refine and apply your knowledge in an interconnected world. Here you'll learn to think independently and work globally to solve problems and lead.

Internships

  • Alive Center
  • CIS Onsite
  • Hilary Lamon
  • Michael R Trauscht CPA PC
  • MSUS
  • Painting with a Twist
  • R. Streiter Ltd.
  • Southern Wine and Spirits
  • Walker Athletics
  • WreathWorks Home and Garden

Careers

Graduates employed with the following companies

  • DSW
  • T-PROMOS, LLC
  • Division D
  • Nordstrom
  • Travelers
  • DLT Upholstery Supply
  • RSM
  • WreathWorks Home and Garden

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