This week is Entrepreneurship Week here at Missouri Western. Sponsored by the Center for Entrepreneurship and Alpha Kappa Psi, Entrepreneurship Week is a series of workshops and lectures for both students and community members interested in learning and strengthening key business skills.
Annette Weeks, director of the Center for Entrepreneurship, and the center’s advisory committee have been planning this week for months with the goal of cultivating skills but also for raising awareness.
The Center for Entrepreneurship is relatively new to campus, and Weeks believes few students know the center is an open resource for all. Weeks is hoping that throughout this week, student awareness and engagement about what the center offers will be the biggest result.
Jomel Nichols, director of public relations and marketing, is a member on the advisory committee and said this week will also serve as a means of community outreach and training.
Community members, like Ken Lippincott of New York Life Insurance, already work with the center by sending interested clients to Annette Weeks, where she is then able to aid with her resources. However, the events being held this week are a part of the key resources Weeks provides, but are available to anyone interested on a much larger scale.
The first-ever Entrepreneurship Week has had two successful days so far, and many more events are planned for the remaining three.
Monday started the week’s festivities with two workshops, “Artists as Entrepreneurs” and “How to Write a Business Plan.” The former focused on the connection between entrepreneurship and aspiring artists and was hosted by Dean of the Craig School of Business Michael Lane and Dean of the School of Fine Arts Bob Willenbrink.
According to Nichols, the turnout was much higher than expected. There was standing room only with over 50 engaged students and community members.
On the other side of campus was another workshop with an equal attendee turnout giving tips to those on successful business plan writing.
Tuesday included a free breakfast in the Kit Bond incubator highlighting the increasing role of technology in business. Three other workshops explored key business skills, from taxes to social media, on Tuesday as well.
Students are encouraged to attend the center’s events on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
Wednesday morning at the East Hills Library, attendants can get coffee and learn about two businessmen’s recent journeys into local entrepreneurship. Thursday, there are additional workshops open for all, and Friday morning Steve Craig, successful entrepreneur and sponsor of Western’s business school, will be on campus to speak to students.