SBDC Featured in AASCU Article About Engaged Universities


SBDCKudos to the Small Business Development Center, which was recently acknowledged as one of the exceptional entrepreneurial universities in the state in an article entitled “Collaborations Between Universities and Business Leaders Boost Economic Development.”

Written by Karen Doss Bowman, the article appears on the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) website. She notes that the SBDC’s success can be attributed to the university’s commitment to creating “an engaged university” that includes “engaged learning, community engagement, and civic engagement.”

“We are publicly funded, and so part of our mission should be to give back to the community by making sure resources are available to people who want to explore starting or growing a business,” said Dr. Mary Gowan, dean of the College of Business. “It goes back to helping the economy—when small businesses are stronger, the economy is stronger.”

Bowman’s article features colleges and universities that are doing exceptional work in engaging their students with their community. She also stresses the importance of partnering with local businesses in order to build beneficial relationships and outcomes for the community as a whole.

If you would like to read the entire article, please visit the AASCU website.

Published: Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Last Updated: Thursday, October 20, 2016

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