ATHENS, W.Va. – “It’s schools like Concord that are taking a leadership role in entrepreneurship education,” said Dr. Rebecca J. White, keynote speaker for the launch event of Concord University’s Entrepreneurship Initiative. The program took place Monday morning Sept. 9 in the Rahall Technology Center on Concord’s Athens campus.
White is the James W. Walter Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Tampa. A 1978 graduate of Concord, she is also the immediate past president of the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE). White spoke on “The current movement of entrepreneurship education in the USA and beyond.”
Along with benefitting Concord’s academic programs through student and faculty engagement, the Entrepreneurship Initiative is anticipated to make a positive impact on the regional economic and business climate and to offer outreach opportunities for regional students. Dr. Mohan P. Pokharel, who holds the Shott Chair of Entrepreneurship and is assistant professor of management at Concord, is serving as director. The Entrepreneurship Initiative is made possible through support from the Shott Foundation and other resources.
Pokharel introduced the speakers and other guests. Dr. Kendra Boggess, Concord’s interim president, provided the welcome address. Boggess said the Initiative “can create a lot of opportunities for students.” “I am passionate about it. I think many of our students want to be their own boss,” she said.
Additional speakers included: Judy McCauley, Director, SBA District Office, WV; Mindy Walls, Advisor, SBDC; Steve Cutright, Director, BrickStreet Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship; Billy Pantili, a local business owner; and, Chris Tuck, an attorney and a member of the Montgomery County (Va.) Board of Supervisors. Both Pantili and Tuck are Concord alums and members of the Initiative’s advisory board.
During the program, Concord student Robbie Parker was recognized for being among 10 finalists in the most recent WV Statewide Business Plan Competition. For more information on the Entrepreneurship Initiative contact Dr. Mohan P. Pokharel at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-384-5247.
Concord University photo by Lance McDaniel Unveiling the sign for the new Entrepreneurship Initiative at Concord University are from left, Dr. Mohan P. Pokharel, director of the Entrepreneurship Initiative along with the Shott Chair of Entrepreneurship and CU assistant professor of management; Keynote Speaker Dr. Rebecca J. White, James W. Walter Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Tampa; and, Concord University Interim President Dr. Kendra Boggess.