By Noel Lewis
Spectrum Staff Writer
Are you an ambitious student who is interested in owning your own business? Are eager to ditch the 9-to-5 grind that consumed your parents' time?
Bowie State University offers various resources for students who desire to begin their own businesses before or after graduation. Among the many opportunities available at BSU are the entrepreneurship concentration and the Business Incubation Center (BIC) in the Business and Graduate Studies Building on Henry Circle.
The entrepreneurship and small business management concentration in the Department of Management, Marketing and Public Administration of the College of Business is a tool for students interested in running a business. The program has attracted students from other majors who want to add entrepreneurship as a second major as they pursue their primary interests.
For example, VCDMA students may use this combination to begin their own design firms, CAAS students to begin their own day care facilities, biology students may desire to own their own pharmaceutical business and communications majors may decide to begin their own media company. Any major can be coupled with this major in order to prepare for a career as a business owner.
The entrepreneurship concentration's objective is to teach students how to communicate ideas in business plans and proposals; develop and implement strategic marketing plans; use new technology to manage projections, statements and forecasting; assess financial needs, cash flow for growth and break-even analyses, and learn how to apply an entrepreneur’s perspective to large organizations, according to its website.
Entrepreneurs can also find support for their enterprises through BIC, which offers mentoring, counseling, guidance and weekly workshops for business startups.
Either of these resources, or both of them combined, is a recipe for students who desire to become a CEO.