Special Topics Series

The special topics series in entrepreneurship will feature three lecturers with expertise on social entrepreneurship, franchising, and family business. The series will be on Thursday nights, 6:30pm – 9:20pm from August 24, 2017 – December 7, 2017. To view the flyer, click here.

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Social Entrepreneurship

August 24, August 31, September 7, September 14, September 21
This introductory course in social entrepreneurship will go over the paradigm-breaking theories of using revenue generating business models to drive change in society or the environment. Why use business as a force for change? Evidence shows that the social sector is not the best vehicle for this; in fact, 1,000,000,000 people were lifted out of extreme poverty through responsible allocation of resources, not through traditional charity. Learn how this happened, and how you can make money helping others. We will examine non-profit social enterprises, for-profit social enterprises, cause marketing firms, and impact investing houses. One day, all business will be social business.


September 28, October 5, October 12, October 19, and October 26
Many of the service businesses we deal with every day include restaurants, lawn care, and fitness studios are franchised. Whether you are interested in franchising as a way to get into business for yourself or because you have a great concept you’d like to expand, this module will focus on the fundamentals of franchising. What makes a good franchise, when is a concept ready for franchising, what laws govern franchising, and what to expect as a franchisee or franchisor. We will further examine the reasons why some franchises succeed and why others fail.

Family Business

November 2, November 9, November 16, November 30, and December 7
Firms of all sizes and ages, which are owned, operated and/or controlled by families, have unique challenges that differ from non-family businesses. Family firms are faced with issues of managing the family relationship in addition to the business relationship, succession to the next generation, development of entrepreneurial family members and balancing the interests of the family and the firm with the interests of non-family managers and employees. This module examines the distinctive issues facing the family firm, whether a large publicly traded firm or a small/medium sized privately held business, including management and governance best practices, dealing with challenges of growth and succession and developing an innovative organization through the generations.

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