Business / Entrepreneurship / Management / Consulting

Whether it is online or brick-and-mortar, this industry is multi-faceted and encompasses a wide range of careers that help create and build up businesses and services and keep them running smoothly. Explore roles in everything from start-ups to B-Corporations to Fortune 500 companies.

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.

Relevant Courses

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
  • Leadership
  • 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.

SBS Majors – Register for Hack(H)er413 (at UMass Feb. 5-6, 2022)

The first all-women (cis and trans) and non-binary students’ hackathon in Western Massachusetts.

Over the course of 24 hours, hackathon participants are encouraged to learn and develop new technical skills, network with sponsor company representatives, and innovate with passion.  If …

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As you look for jobs—particularly admin jobs such as executive assistant or office manager—you may see that employers are looking for administrative skills. And for good reason: Businesses can’t run without them. “Focusing on administrative skills can transform average companies …

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Fake job offers are on the rise – Spotting Fraudulent Employers

Protect Yourself from Scams

In the last few weeks, we’ve heard from several students who have received emails from fraudulent or fake employers.  Fortunately, none of them fell for the scam!

An employer that seems “fraudulent” or illegitimate should be …

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Explore Outcomes

The SBS Office of Career & Professional Development annually surveys graduating seniors in order to provide a snapshot of their post-graduation plans.  The survey begins just prior to graduation, and continues until six months after graduation.  Our data collection process is guided by the industry standard put forth by the National Association of Colleges & Employers, and includes information collected by the SBS Office of Career & Professional Development, the Office of Institutional Research at UMass Amherst, and by various academic departments, as well as from information that is made publicly available by students.  The SBS undergraduate outcomes knowledge rate for 2020 was 60%, though knowledge rate varies among departments.

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First Destination

SBS graduates pursue a range of plans after graduation, including employment, continuing education, and volunteering/service, among others.  This graph depicts what recent SBS graduates tell us they are doing within six months after graduation.

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ECON 394FI – Finance and Society

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RESECON 162 – The Consumer in Our Society

RESECON 162 – The Consumer in Our Society: Learn about the role consumers play including their decision-making and market and non-market…

RESECON 324 – Small Business Finance

RESECON 324 – Small Business Finance: Theory and application of Entrepreneurial Finance and basic financial management for a small firm. Emphasis…

SUSTCOMM 125 – Global Cities & Global Issues

SUSTCOMM 125 – Global Cities & Global Issues: By examining cities within a global context, students should recognize that any…

JOURNAL 335 – Principals of Public Relations

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RESECON 314 – Financial Analysis for Consumers and Firm

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