This year marks the 50th anniversary of National Small Business Week. Although things have certainly changed since President Kennedy signed the first Presidential Proclamation in 1963, one thing that hasn’t changed is America’s entrepreneurial spirit and the important role that small business owners play in our economy and our communities.
Christina Milanowski was named Minnesota PRSA’s 2012 Young Professional Award winner. She was recently interviewed by Arik Hanson for his “PR Rock Stars” series and discussed why she decided to get her degree, and, what she hopes to achieve as a result.
We often are asked about how to prepare for the GMAT test and how much time to spend studying. Of course, the answer is different for every applicant, but there are some generalizations that apply.
45 percent of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, but only 8 percent are successful in achieving them. Less than half of us remain committed to our resolutions by June each year. So while the majority of us have already given up, it could be the perfect time to start a new resolution, or give an ongoing resolution a check up.
Summer is here at last, and for many Minnesotans that means it is festival season. What impact do all these events have on our state economy?
It seems that everyone is promoting being entrepreneurial these days. At SXSW, Bill Gates called for more entrepreneurs to enter the education space. Senators Moran and Warner say Washington, D.C., needs more entrepreneurs.
Instead of focusing on making his voice heard, Max Shapiro already aspires to something loftier: to be the voice for those that go unheard. Shapiro is in his second year of St. Thomas’ dual degree JD/MBA program, a joint venture between the School of Law and Opus College of Business that will ultimately supply him with degrees in both law and business.
Do you take time to keep yourself sharp? I often hear about strategies to “improve your business, improve your process, improve this, and improve that.” Enough about the process…what about you? What can you do to improve you?
More than 250 students were hooded in the Graduate Business Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 25. Randall J. Hogan, chairman and CEO of Pentair, delivered the commencement address and told the graduates “You’re starting the next phase of your lives” and the two things you need to be successful are to “create your own future, and control your own destiny. Make sure you have a goal in mind, when opportunities present themselves, you will be bold enough to take them.”
In the early days of diversity, the work focused on race and gender. Then it broadened and became more complex. Laws change, attitudes are continually evolving and the newest generation in the workforce does not want to be put in a box of one race, ethnicity or group.
For the past few years the Opus College of Business has had the opportunity, and blessing, to participate in Cristo Rey Jesuit High School’s Hire4Ed program. Corporations and not-for-profit institutions underwrite up to half of students’ tuition costs in exchange for work-study.
The UST MBA Class of 2013 has numerous successes to celebrate besides the end of long study sessions, classroom lectures and finals. Many of these graduates will embark on a new journey with organizations such as Deloitte, Thrivent Financial, Disney Corporation, and Ecolab Inc. Others have chosen to continue on the entrepreneurial path with start-ups and family businesses.
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.
Recently, on the Twin Cities blog, Leadership and Community, Janine Fugate shared some thoughts on how we look at nonprofit business. She mentioned a TEDTalk by Dan Pallotta, “The way we think about charity is dead wrong.” We asked Ann Johnson, director of UST’s Center for Nonprofit Management to share her thoughts on the topic.
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.
The Julie Hays Teaching Award is given to an OCB faculty member for exemplary achievement in the classroom in the previous academic year. More than 30 faculty were nominated for the hays award this year, a sign of the passion our faculty have for teaching and engaging with their students.
Cristo Rey Jesuit High School’s Hire4Ed, Work-Study Program, calls itself “A School that Works.” The Hire4Ed work-study program underwrites almost half the cost of education and exposes the student to a corporate work environment and the positive influences of the supervising professionals.
How does one successfully navigate the process of moving from an individual contributor or team member to a first-time manager and leader? Which leadership characteristics and competencies promote positive and authentic leadership and which practices or attitudes can detract from an individual’s leadership potential? Moreover, how does one learn or develop leadership capabilities?
In April, Earth Day was recognized around the country. Having the Mall of America, one of the world’s largest and well-known shopping centers, in our backyard provides an interesting glance at how such a complex operation can find profit in what once was a cost center: recycling.
Obtaining the title, “the most rejected person in the world,” doesn’t come easy. USA Today granted Daniel Seddiqui this honor after failing 40+ job interviews and sending out 18,000 emails looking for volunteer positions. While obtaining one job proved far too difficult, Seddiqui opted for a loftier goal, to work 50 jobs in 50 states in the course of a year.
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.
The Forum celebrated its 25th anniversary, culminating with a name change to The Forum on Workplace Inclusion. This new moniker reflects societal changes and a refocusing of the Forum’s agenda. Inclusion leads to engagement, innovation, productivity, and employee retention. Does your workplace value these variables?