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How WKU students tap their inner entrepreneurs, in and out of the classroom – Lane Report | Kentucky Business & Economic News - The Lane Report

Posted: 22 Feb 2019 08:54 AM PST

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — The United States is home to just over 30 million small businesses, which, according to data from the Small Business Administration, make up an incredible 99.9 percent of all U.S. businesses.

With numbers like that, it's likely that Western Kentucky University students will, at some point, work for — or start — a small business. Thanks to the hands-on experience and resources available at WKU's Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, they'll be prepared.

"Our focus is to make sure that students get tangible experiences and develop skills and capabilities that are going to prepare them for the workforce, including challenges they might face," said Whitney Peake, Ph.D., director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Peake, who joined WKU in 2014, stepped into her new role as director last July. Her work with the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is a natural extension of both her teaching and research, which center on small and family business. Peake's research also includes a closer look at small business innovation levels, including how small business owners implement high performance practices and procedures to spark innovation.

Western Kentucky University entrepreneurial students after competing in the 2018 Topper Tank Elevator Pitch competition.

Dawn Bolton, Ph.D., an associate professor and transitional retiree, is also on staff at the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Bolton studies individual entrepreneurial orientation and gender in entrepreneurship and leadership. Peake calls her the center's marketing expert.

Part of WKU's multi-faceted approach to entrepreneurship happens in the classroom. Students can opt to minor or major in entrepreneurship, or choose to take entrepreneurship courses that complement another field of study. One of the advantages of entrepreneurship is that it offers teachable moments for everyone.

"What makes our entrepreneurship program at WKU different is that our basic entrepreneurship course is also part of our general education curriculum," Peake said. "That's allowed students all over the university to dip their toes in and learn basic skills like creativity, strategic planning, and financial analysis. And if they decide not to pursue entrepreneurship, they still get a general education credit.

Peake often brings her research into the classroom, whether to discuss recent conclusions or to solve problems. While working on her family business social responsibility study and exploring why men and women in a family business are motivated to do good, Peake found that women consistently contribute regardless of education level, while men who have an undergraduate degree engage in a higher level of social responsibility than men without.

"I couldn't figure out how to explain why this was occurring, so I took the problem to the classroom to discuss it with students and they had some really great insights," Peake said.

WKU student Olivia Goff prepares to present her business plan for Olive & Honey in the annual WKU Business Plan competition.

She's also found other behaviors — information-sharing, for example — that can set students up for professional success regardless of their business or industry, and she doesn't hesitate to pass that information on to students.

"Transparency is the key to getting students motivated and showing how everything we do is related," Peake said.

That interconnectedness doesn't just apply to entrepreneurship and careers, but also to how the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation benefits other WKU departments. Last semester, for example, Peake collaborated with Stacy Wilson, Ph.D., director of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, to help engineering capstone students hone their pitching skills.

The Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation also offers a wealth of learning opportunities outside the classroom. A monthly speaker series enables students to learn valuable insight from successful local and national entrepreneurs. Students can also participate in business plan and elevator pitch competitions, or join The Network @ WKU, an entrepreneurial student organization.

Peake has also found that many WKU students put their entrepreneurial learning in practice as they cultivate their own businesses.

"One student opened a raw cookie dough shop and is now expanding it to three kiosks in Kentucky, and another student runs an after-market off-road parts business," Peake said. "They're doing phenomenal things. How they're running a business and balancing classes is impressive. "

Of course, balance is one of the most valuable lessons an entrepreneur can learn, besides multi-tasking! And students in WKU's entrepreneurship consulting capstone are well versed in both. During the course, students are paired with local small businesses and spend the semester as a consultant. The businesses are often facing some sort of challenge, which might include needing a new marketing plan or website. After taking time to understand the business's objectives, students present value-added solutions and, with agreement from the business, help implement those solutions.

Two WKU students celebrate their first and third place wins during Idea State U 2017, an annual business plan competition overseen by the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development's Office of Entrepreneurship.

Not only do students have a chance to work side-by-side with a business to apply what they've learned, but they also accumulate their own research experience.

"Throughout the capstone, students are doing research on the industry, the local market, the competition, and the business and its history," Peake said.

Since the consulting capstone framework was introduced in spring 2015, Peake said WKU students have served 20 clients and generated almost 5,700 consulting hours.

"They're making a real impact on small businesses that can't afford expensive consulting," Peake said. "These students are skilled — they have skills that people wouldn't expect."

For Peake, the true reward is seeing how students put their knowledge into practice. She recalled one WKU student who took several entrepreneurship courses and, after graduating, returned home to work at his family's winery.

"He and his dad are running the business side-by-side and they keep winning awards," she said. "To see how far our students have come and how well they're doing — their success stories are wonderful for me to hear."

WKU's proactive approach to incorporating entrepreneurship into the curriculum, led by the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, demonstrates how entrepreneurship continues to flourish, whether as a career path itself or as a learning opportunity to support other post-college paths.

"The culture is so different now," Peake said. "Research by Northeastern University shows that generation Z is the most entrepreneurial generation yet, which makes entrepreneurship interesting and valuable because these are skills you can use whether you start a business or manage a home. You're pitching ideas and yourself your entire life. If students can learn how to do that, that's a lifelong value."

Entrepreneur's 35U35: The Business Spectacle - Entrepreneur

Posted: 16 Feb 2019 12:54 AM PST

Entrepreneur's 35U35 event saw winners and people from the business world come together to celebrate the spirit of entrepreneurship that has taken the nation by storm

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Blenders Pride Reserve Collection presents Entrepreneur's 35U35 show was a spectacle with an entrepreneurial bent. The show saw many names from the business world come together to applaud the winners of the coveted 35U35 list.

True Disruptions in Business

The third edition of the show started with Ritu Marya, Editor-in-Chief of Entrepreneur India and Asia-Pacific talking about disrupting businesses. Today the word "disruption" has become a norm in the business dictionary of entrepreneurs. Everyone is almost obsessed with the idea of coming up with concepts that disrupt the existing business ecosystems.

Marya spoke at length about how people are confusing disruption with ruining businesses. "Disruptions don't happen by destroying other small businesses. The burn wouldn't help anyone in the long run." She also highlighted that coming from a family of entrepreneurs, she understands it better that entrepreneurship is never going to be easy.

From a Professional to an Entrepreneur

Among the guests present, was Livespace Co-founder and CEO, Anuj Srivastava. In a small but interesting discussion with Marya, Srivastava shared his journey from a professional to an entrepreneur. He spoke about his short stint with Google and then coming back to India to start a venture, "I didn't want to be the Indian who moved to the U.S. to start something. I wanted to be the Indian who came back…" He also emphasized that "phenomenal companies have phenomenal teams."

Post Anuj Srivastava's opening chat, there was a panel discussion moderated by Punita Sabharwal, Deputy Editor of Entrepreneur India. Some distinguished names in the panel including the likes of Suchita Salwan, Co-founder of Little Black Book, Akhil Malik, Co-founder of Zostel, Aditi Srivastava, Co-founder of Pocket Aces, Prabhtej Singh Bhatia, Founder of Simba Craft Beverages, Karan Tanna, Founder of Yellow Tie Hospitality and  Som Narayan, Co-founder of Carbon Masters. The panel discussion was largely on the millennial trends titled "Making of Future Leaders." It saw some revelations of how Indian millennials are seeing a transition in everything that contests in the business world. From business culture to beer consumption trends, the content they are looking out for, the discussion saw several millennial behaviours come to the surface.

Celebrate the Spirit of Entrepreneurship

The event saw the launch of Entrepreneur's Coffee Table book, an initiative by Entrepreneur India. The Coffee table Book is a collection of India's finest and the most successful entrepreneurs. It's dedicated to the men and women who have left enduring stories of entrepreneurship.

The 35U35 event saw winners and people come together to celebrate the victories of entrepreneurs under 35 and most importantly, to celebrate the spirit of entrepreneurship. Each of the winners is changing the business ecosystem in India with disruptive technologies and innovative business ideas. The vibe of 35U35 initiative is also meant to inspire the generations to come who are finding a footing in the industry.

Stolen vehicle suspect, person of interest in assault at Clarksville Kroger arrested - Clarksville Now

Posted: 21 Feb 2019 08:06 PM PST

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (CLARKSVILLENOW) – Dustin Ryan Williams, 32, has been taken into custody for felony evading and vehicle theft.

The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office with the help of the Clarksville Police Department, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Cheatham County Sheriff's Office, and the APSU GIS Center apprehended Williams in the Woods Road area at noon Friday.

Williams will be charged with two counts of vehicle theft and felony evading. His bond is $175,000.

Williams is suspected of vehicle theft and is also a person of interest in a vehicular assault at a Kroger gas station in Clarksville.

Montgomery County deputies and investigators are focusing their search efforts in the 5300 block of Highway 12. Residents in the area should take extra precautions by securing their homes and vehicles and reporting any suspicious activity to 911.

William is believed to be tied to three vehicle thefts and in suspected in a vehicular assault/hit and run that occurred earlier Thursday at the Kroger Gas Station on Lowes Drive.

Montgomery County deputies searched through the night until rain hampered visibility.

(Photo: CPD)

Williams was spotted on Sulphur Springs Road in one of the stolen vehicles. When deputies tried to stop him, he sped off and eventually dumped the vehicle in the Cumberland River before fleeing on foot.

Williams is 5 feet 7 inches tall, approximately 150 pounds, and has brown hair and hazel eyes. He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, blue jeans, and a baseball cap. He has been known to wear his hair long or short.

If you see him or know his location do not initiate contact. Call 911. Residents in the area should take extra precaution by securing your home and vehicles.

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