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Queens launches region’s first Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership
Louis Foreman and Joan Zimmerman are founding entrepreneurs-in-residence at the McColl School of Business
Charlotte, N.C. (September 8, 2009) - The McColl School of Business at Queens University of Charlotte announces the opening of its new Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership.
The center will be the hub for entrepreneurial scholarship and dialogue in the Charlotte business community, offering a tremendous network of resources to students and the emerging class of small business owners.
“Small businesses and entrepreneurs have emerged as key economic drivers for the region, and we will continue to devote our resources to help steer that vital growth,” said Terry Broderick, dean of the McColl School of Business. “We are thrilled to have Louis Foreman and Joan Zimmerman join us as our founding entrepreneurs-in-residence, offering unparalleled insight and experience to our students and the business community.”
Foreman is founder and CEO of Enventys and creator of the Emmy Award-winning PBS show “Everyday Edisons.” He also is a member of the Patent Public Advisory Committee of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
“There has never been a more important time for innovation and entrepreneurship,” Foreman said. “As this country emerges from a crippling recession, we need to focus our resources on educating and inspiring students and the community to become entrepreneurs to create opportunities, and ultimately generate new jobs. I am honored to join the McColl School in this worthwhile endeavor.”
Zimmerman is the founder of Southern Shows Inc which runs 21 major exhibit shows in 11 markets. She also is a member of the N.C. Business Hall of Fame. Her other honors include being named Charlotte BusinessWoman of the Year and receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award for Women in Business.
Foreman and Zimmerman will mentor McColl’s undergraduate and graduate students, and be available as community resources.
“The McColl School is once again ahead of the curve,” she said. “Without question, the new Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership will add practical and visionary elements to an already dynamic curriculum.”
The new center is the next step in a program of entrepreneurship that has been developing for many years, said Chuck Bamford, professor and Dennis Thompson Chair of Entrepreneurial Leadership at the McColl School. “The study of entrepreneurial leadership is a key component in modern business education.”
In addition to the launch of the new Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, the McColl School has built on its commitment to fostering dialogue about entrepreneurial leadership by:
· Hosting programs throughout the year that are open to the public, including one planned for this fall that focuses on fostering innovation in a challenging economy.
· Adding a minor in entrepreneurial leadership. Students throughout Queens’ academic programs are able to bridge disciplines and incorporate entrepreneurial thinking into their chosen areas.
· Continuing the work of the Entrepreneurial Leadership Circle (ELC) whose members represent the established entrepreneurial leaders in the Charlotte community. The ELC provides more than $30,000 in student scholarships annually in addition to hosting: 1) half-day seminars on entrepreneurial decision making; 2) quarterly lunches to discuss the latest issues in business; 3) an annual Quail Hollow event that has hosted some of the area’s most prominent businesspeople; and 4) is the host group for the Carolinas E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year judging.
Queens University of Charlotte is a private, co-ed, Presbyterian-affiliated comprehensive university with a commitment to both liberal arts and professional studies. Located in the heart of historic Charlotte, Queens serves approximately 2,300 undergraduate and graduate students through its College of Arts and Sciences, the McColl School of Business, the Presbyterian School of Nursing, the Wayland H. Cato, Jr. School of Education, the School of Communication and Hayworth College for Adult Studies.
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