The Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship has sponsored a number of educational and outreach events.
For several years, the Center invited renowned experts and experienced entrepreneurs from around the country to share their knowledge on business success. Most of these presentations can be viewed in the School of Law's Digital Commons by clicking on the links in the "Speaker Series" page.
In the past the Center has offered Information Sessions several times a year, presented by established business consultants and legal professional. For the past couple of years, the Center alternated between two series: one year a series on Financial Litaracy for Small Business and the next year a series called Mini Law School for Small Business. Both series are presented by experts drawn from the community and the University and are designed to give small business owners a good overview of important topics. Before adopting the Financial Literacy/Mini Law School rotation, the information sessions topics included session on topics such as: forming a legal entity, intellectual property protection, ABCs of nonprofits, marketing research, financing, succession planning, franchising, buying and selling a business, and dealing with government red tape. Many of these presentations can be viewed in the School of Law's Digital Commons by clicking on the links in the "123's of Finacial Literacy" page or the "Mini Law School Series" page.
EXTREME Business Makeover
The popular EXTREME Business Makeover programs that we offered provided entrepreneurs with a chance to present their business plans to a panel of experts, consisting of business experts, attorneys, bankers, accountants, marketing professionals, and industry insiders. On the day of the presentation, in front of an audience, the entrepreneurs receive feedback from the panel. This events offered entrepreneurs and audience members a rare opportunity to hear the point of view of business experts and financiers. Many of these programs can be viewed in the School of Law's Digital Commons by clicking on the links in the "Extreme Business Makeover" page.
The Center has hosted a number of conferences featuring scholars and policymakers exploring issues relating to entrepreneurship or community development, and discussing the challenges facing small businesses and start-ups. Many of these conferences can be viewed in the School of Law's Digital Commons by clicking on the links in the "Conferecnes" page.