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  • ENT 3300. Entrepreneurial Creativity & Feasibility. This course is intended to provide students with a solid foundation in terms of the vital role played by entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship in the 21st century global economy. Entrepreneurship is approached as a way of thinking and acting, as an attitude and a behavior. The principal focus will be on the part creativity plays in the development of ideas, the ­creation of new ventures, the ways that they come into being and feasibility of those ideas. There will be a focus on identifying new business opportunities and analyzing the key components of a feasible business. Four credits. Fall. Prerequisites: Entrepreneurship concentration or minor, and junior standing.


  • ENT 3400. Entrepreneurial Finance. This course comprises the study of the art and science of managing the flow of funds within an entrepreneurial business setting. It reviews the concerns of individuals interested in developing the skills and abilities in areas of business finance that can lead to successful entrepreneurship. This course does not place an emphasis on publicly traded companies but rather on small business finance. The student reviews the basic economic factors affecting small business and the impact those factors can have on an early-stage/small business. Financial statements are analyzed but with more emphasis on working capital management and inventory control as these are both critical to the success of a small business. Budgets, cash flow management, and the importance of the time value of money are stressed. Excel is used extensively in the entrepreneurial finance analyses and financial model build. Four credits. Fall. Prerequisites: ENT 3300, entrepreneurship concentration or minor, and junior standing.


  • ENT 4000. Business Modeling, Strategy, Planning & Growth. This course deals with the financial, legal, marketing and interpersonal issues of owning a new business. Emphasis will be placed on how to develop a business strategy around the start-up process, including business modeling and planning. Also included are the creation of growth strategies, operations management, the primary reasons for small business failure and how to “avoid”, the impact that global growth has on early stage/small business ventures and entrepreneurial ethics. Four credits. Spring. Prerequisites: ENT 3300, ENT 3400, entrepreneurship concentration or minor, and junior standing.


  • ENT 4210. Family Business Management. This course presents the unique issues relevant to the structure, evolution, management, ownership and continuity of the family enterprise. It will consider roles, boundaries, structures, values and purposes of family businesses, including stages of business and family development, succession and change in the business, creating Boards and other structures needed to manage, and managing growth and development of the business. Four credits. Fall, alternate years. Prerequisites: ENT 3300, entrepreneurship concentration or minor, and junior standing.


  • ENT 4220. Social Entrepreneurship. Social entrepreneurs are entrepreneurs that work for the social or public benefit, rather than simply to generate a profit. Social enterprises are mission-driven organizations that trade in goods and/or services for some defined social purpose. This course will provide an introduction to the field of study of social entrepreneurship, how to develop a “social” mindset, and discuss best practices of starting and growing successful mission-driven ventures, whether driven by a specific social goal through supporting that goal or through innovation. Four credits. Spring, alternate years. Prerequisites: ENT 3300, entrepreneurship concentration or minor, and junior standing.


  • ENT 4230. Venture Funding/Financing. Venture capital and private equity have “changed” the nature of raising capital in the United States and the world. This course will cover the “in’s and out’s” of the venture capital industry, the impact it has had on the nation and world and many other topics. We will also consider and compare other capital raising opportunities, including private equity, angel investing and venture debt. Integral to the successful raising and distribution of funds are deal terms and negotiation skills – also discussed through the semester. Four credits. Spring, alternate years. Prerequisites: ENT 3300, entrepreneurship concentration or minor, and junior standing.


  • ENT 4444. Independent Study. Admission by permission of the Chair of Management and Entrepreneurship to undertake an assignment planned in advance. One to four credits.


  • ENT 4810-4815. Student Internship. Three, four, six, eight, ten or twelve credits.



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