TROY - Entrepreneurship and business development will be the focus of a new program on Troy University's Dothan Campus, and will provide both students and community members with important resources to enhance economic growth.
The Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Innovation is the outcome of a series of meetings between Sorrell College of Business officials and business leaders in Dothan about making the College more relevant to them, the community and the Wiregrass region of Alabama.
"The creation of a Center will allow us to bring the worlds of entrepreneurship, best business practices, compliance, and business ethics together and to link in the minds of our students, our stakeholders, and the communities in the Wiregrass area that we do see entrepreneurship as being inextricably linked to those areas," said Dr. Skip Ames, interim Dothan Campus vice chancellor and assistant dean of the Sorrell College of Business.
Ames, who helped bring the Center concept to fruition, said its mission was to both provide an academic home for students and provide outreach and economic development assistance to the Wiregrass. Multi-disciplined in nature, the Center's mission will support entrepreneurship not only in the business field, but in the fields of arts and sciences, communication and fine arts and education. Workshops, certification programs, academic degrees and other services will be available to both students and the community at large.
Another aspect of the Center's focus will be on a relationship with the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine to support its research activities with assistance on intellectual property issues.
Also planned for the Center is an "Entrepreneurial Accelerator" - a community-based program to assist the entrepreneur in moving an idea toward successful business implementation. A central element of the Accelerator will be the mentoring participants receive from area professionals.
Students enrolling in the Center's academic degree program will receive a bachelor of science or bachelor of arts degree in global business with a concentration in entrepreneurship upon successful completion of the undergraduate course of study.