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Fulfilling the Entrepreneurial Dream

May is Small Business Month, and entrepreneurs everywhere face uphill battles with funding, the economy, hiring and affordability in the effort to get their businesses off the ground. The website NerdWallet sifted through the factors that matter to small business owners to determine which cities are the best for those hoping to start a business and Minneapolis made the national top 10.
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2013 Tommie Award Goes to Entrepreneurship and Finance Major

The Tommie Award recognizes a senior selected by students, faculty and staff who has displayed exceptional scholarship, leadership and campus involvement. This year’s recipient is Eyo O. Ekpo ’13, an entrepreneurship and finance major who has participated in a long list of extracurricular and service activities as well as two varsity sports.
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Profile: Kyle Dahl ’13 M.S.A.

For Kyle Dahl, graduating this summer from the 11-month Master of Science degree in Accountancy program at the Opus College of Business, the experience has been at times intense, but always full of opportunity.
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Minnesota Spice

Minnesota got itself some swagger. Almost as much as our “Minnesota nice” culture, the state's residents are known for being “Minnesota modest.” Arrogance doesn't fit with our Scandinavian roots; flashiness is impossible when there's a foot of snow beneath your stilettos.
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4 Steps for Self-Reinvention, with Cecily Sommers

Cecily Sommers, dancer, chiropractor, author, and professional futurist, spoke to a poised audience of over 50 University of St. Thomas alumni, students and staff members this week about the importance of finding your “fit.” Sommers career path has been anything but traditional, leaving several opportunities for self-reinvention.
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Pick a Horse

So what is so controversial in our society with having a husband that is the primary household manager, child-raiser, laundry-doer, and house cleaner? asks Emily Buchanan, '01 M.B.C., senior principal and chair of brand marketing and social engagement at Carmichael Lynch Spong.
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Alumna Profile: Beth McGuire M.B.C. ’07

For someone whose interests draw from various fields, the key to choosing a satisfying career involves finding a through-line that connects them all. For Beth McGuire ’07 M.B.C. the recurring theme of communication paved the way to her enrollment in the Opus College of Business’ MBC program and an evolving career at Target.
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UST MBAs Named to Business Journal’s 2013 40 Under 40

The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal on Thursday announced its 2013 40 under Forty honorees, a list that includes young business and community leaders from throughout the Twin Cities. The Opus College of Business has made its mark on the list.
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Meet Sarah Buell ’09 M.B.A.

I have been able to meet hundreds of students who share similar goals but have very diverse backgrounds and work in various industries, writes Sarah Buell ’09 M.B.A. Out of those connections, I have formed lifelong friendships and established future networking connections.
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Minneapolis Named #4 City for Women Entrepreneurs

It is no surprise that Minneapolis has been named one of the best cities for women entrepreneurs, according to a study conducted by NerdWallet, a financial literacy website. Here’s just a small sample of women entrepreneurs who’ve come out of the Opus College of Business and launched successful businesses.
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Meet Braydon Andrews ’11 M.B.A.

One of the most amazing experiences in my Evening UST MBA was a J-term study abroad trip to London, U.K., writes Braydon Andrews '11 M.B.A. The course was Risk Management in Global Firms, and we enjoyed being taught by a different instructor each day.
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Creating A Mindset for Change

An engaging group of more than 100 people heard Laura Goodrich’s presentation on “Creating A Mindset for Change” at the Master’s Connection last month. Goodrich touched on the elements of change within organizations as well as how we as individuals adapt to change.
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2013 Winter Carnival Queen of the Snows is UST MBA Alumna

Melissa Hoffbeck '10 M.B.A. was crowned the 2013 Aurora, Queen of the Snows of the St. Paul Winter Carnival last week. For Hoffbeck, 35, a senior financial analyst at Best Buy, the recognition was the realization of a longtime dream,
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Top CPA Examination Performers Honored

As noted in the winter 2012-13 issue of the Board Report from the Minnesota Board of Accountancy, B.J. Dinter '11 UST M.B.A., of Eagan, Minnesota, was presented with the Elijah Watt Sells Award by the...
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Entrepreneur’s Story: Megan Tamte Founder of Hot Mama

Every entrepreneur has their own story about the adventure they began when launching a new venture. Megan Tamte, co-founder and CEO of the Hot Mama retail chain shared her story with a full house of graduate business students and alumni at a recent Master’s Pub event.
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Study Abroad Matters: An Alumnus Looks Back

"It’s increasingly important that business leaders are aware of other cultures and are able to understand and appreciate the differences; both in the way we communicate, and the way we do our jobs." Patrick Fogarty, an undergraduate alumnus form the University of St. Thomas, shares his main lessons from his study abroad class.
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MBA Student Profile: Ryan Cathcart

When Ryan Cathcart talked about his experience during the Full-time program, he kept it simple: “it’s been great so far. More than anything, I love the people here. The faculty and staff are great, but I especially love the relationships I’ve been able to build with my classmates and the tight community within the program.” He values close relationships—especially with his family.
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Skyline Exhibits: Wins Outstanding Innovator Award

The Product Development and Management Association (PDMA) announced recently that Skyline Exhibits has won their coveted Outstanding Corporate Innovator (OCI) Award. The OCI is the only global innovation award that recognizes companies for demonstrating sustained and quantifiable success in developing new products and services.
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MSA Scholarship Fund: Established and Celebrated

Members of the Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) Alumni Committee, MSA alumni, faculty and staff gathered at the 8th Street Grill on September 25th to celebrate the results of the first MSA Alumni Scholarship Fund drive.
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Master’s Pub: Moms Make the World Go ‘Round

Graduate business students and alumni are invited to attend Master’s Pub with presenter Megan Tamte, co-founder and CEO of Hot Mama. Hot Mama is a chain of clothing boutiques catering to contemporary, fashion-loving moms.
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Master’s Connection: Why Quitters Win

A healthy group of more than 50 people attended the Master’s Connection event this morning from a wide range of industries and focuses. The presenter, Nick Tasler, an internationally acclaimed author and thought leader. Tasler's approach to decision making has helped leaders across the globe think more strategically and act more decisively.