We are finally able to say that we have a "temporary home" for our Center for Entrepreneurship and we will be acquiring equipment to get things moving! The focus for the last couple of weeks has been determining what the most crucial needs are for Center. A 3-D printer, tablets, software and supporting supplies will be added shortly.
We have begun working with the Cultural Affairs group to line up speakers for Fall convocation and a series of seminars/presentations/workshops on entrepreneurship. These speakers will come from various walks of life including academia, music, food service, and other areas. We are planning to offer these presentations to the campus community, local business people and other interested parties. The draw will be that many of our potential investors are not traditional business people, but are entertainers and artists. This area is the "Birthplace of Country Music"; so we can integrate our music roots with the presentations.
There will be a "One Minute to Learn It" video shown at the Fall Convocation, produced by students that focuses on entrepreneurship. The video emphasizes that entrepreneurship is a way of thinking, of being, of working and living, not just a way of conducting business. The students thoroughly enjoyed working on the project and we are all anxious to see the results.
As the Center begins to develop, we are looking forward to receiving input and ideas from the people who will utilize the equipment and services we will offer. To keep the Center growing and evolving, we plan to focus on coordinating services with other organizations in the geographic area. There is a lot of talent in our community, we are finding ways to offer a central access point to equipment, services and mentors.