Welcome to the Business / Entrepreneurship / Management / Consulting Community
Many students have a general sense of wanting to go into “business”, but not knowing what that really means. It is important to think not just about the industry, and what part of it you might want to explore, but about the role you want to play. Maybe you are interested in technology, or consumer packaged goods, or retail, or food and beverage. These are just a few of the many areas of business you might want to explore. But what do you want to DO? Maybe it’s sales. Maybe it’s finance. Maybe it’s customer experience. Maybe it’s human resources. Maybe it’s strategy, or project management. These are just some of the options you can explore in this career community.
Entrepreneurship is developing a business or new product from the ground up, hence the term “start-up”. Entrepreneurs are risk-takers, innovators, and are willing to explore and develop opportunities in order to create something new. Successful entrepreneurs recognize the “right” opportunities at the right time, find the resources they need, and put together the right team to turn the idea into reality.
Just as entrepreneurs change the face of business, social entrepreneurs act as the change agents for society, seizing opportunities others miss to improve systems, invent new approaches, and create solutions to change society for the better. While a business entrepreneur might create entirely new industries, a social entrepreneur develops innovative solutions to social problems and then implements them on a large scale.
Certified B Corporations are businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose. B Corps are accelerating a global culture shift to redefine success in business and build a more inclusive and sustainable economy.
Society’s most challenging problems cannot be solved by government and nonprofits alone. The B Corp community works toward reduced inequality, lower levels of poverty, a healthier environment, stronger communities, and the creation of more high quality jobs with dignity and purpose. By harnessing the power of business, B Corps use profits and growth as a means to a greater end: positive impact for their employees, communities, and the environment. B Corps form a community of leaders and drive a global movement of people using business as a force for good.
Depending on your main area of interest, your academic pathway will shift. To explore this field, you can take courses that will provide you with knowledge and skills in:
- Critical and creative thinking
- Problem solving
- Effective communication skills
- Quantitative skills
Below are a few examples, but we urge you to talk to your major/departmental advisor and explore available courses in SPIRE. Remember not to constrain yourself to classes within your major.
Check SPIRE for full course descriptions and availability. These are abbreviated descriptions, and details may change at the discretion of the instructor. Courses may not be offered every semester.
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