Huntsman Alumni Magazine Spring 2012

Spring 2012

New Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence Begins to Draw in Innovative Thinkers

Students across campus are gravitating toward the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business in search of the answers they will need to turn their entrepre­neurial dreams into reality.

The Huntsman School of Business is ready to help. The school officially launched its Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence in January with an event that celebrated the kind of innovative, visionary thinking that led to the creation of the center in the first place.

The center launch included visiting VIPs, speech­es, a ribbon cutting, and predictions that this will prove a milestone in the progress of the Huntsman School of Business. Mike Glauser, a successful en­trepreneur and author, is the director of the center. The center will offer assistance with business plan development, branding, website design, securing start-up capital, and more, he said. The center will not just focus on technology startups but also on new businesses in the broad range of industries that make up 80 percent of the U.S. economy.

The launch event featured remarks from USU President Stan Albrecht, Dean Douglas D. Anderson, and Dr. Glauser. Jim Davis, head of the Management Department, and David Bradford, representing the Utah Governor’s office, also spoke.

Dr. Glauser reports the launch has already attract­ed students from across campus and sparked the interest of some friends and alumni who want to see the center get off to a good start.

“This center is available for all students, in all col­leges, in all departments across all of our campuses across the state of Utah,” Dr. Glauser said at the opening.

“This center will go on and become very signifi­cant, not only in the lives of our students, but also of the citizens of this great state,” Dean Anderson said. “It is just a joy to see how this is coming together.”

President Albrecht called the creation of the center a “significant step forward.”

“If you look at the trajectory that this institution is on, I hope you all feel the sense of excitement that we feel,” he said.