Lipscomb Launches Center For Entrepreneurship 3-22-2011 - WSMV Channel 4

Lipscomb Launches Center For Entrepreneurship 3-22-2011


Lipscomb University in Nashville is creating a Center for Entrepreneurship with four days of activities this week.

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The center will open Wednesday under the direction of Joe Ivey, who has experience in business startups, family businesses and large public companies. He is the former national president of the Associated Builders and Contractors.
"We believe that entrepreneurship is what is really going to drive the economy, moving forward," said Ivey. "We just think that's a place Lipscomb needs to prepare its students."
For those in charge, it's much more than what's happening on campus; it's about what's happening in the economy.
"What really needs to happen is we need more jobs. More than half the jobs are created by small businesses in the United States, and that just cries out for people to become entrepreneurs," Ivey said.
The coursework will focus on both theory and practice. A minor will allow any student to tack on wisdom to become self-made.
"If a student wants to, when they leave here as a graduating senior, they'll have all the pieces in place for them to start their own business immediately after leaving school," said Ivey.
It makes sense for student Joe Zboch, who's ready to turn his passion into a paycheck.
"Anything that the older generation has trouble with is what I'm interested in," Zboch said. "So, you know, the Internet, social media, the phones in our pocket right now -- there's huge potential in those things."
Courses at the center will be open to all Lipscomb students, and not just those in the College of Business.
On Saturday, the school will honor former Nashville businessman Phil Pfeffer as its first entrepreneur of the year.
Reporter Josh DeVine contributed to this story.
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