The Entrepreneurial Management degree provides the student with an opportunity to experience new business start-ups holistically and at a level of detail sufficient to develop a significant knowledge base in critical functional areas. Students will learn how to enhance their ability to create and cultivate ideas in the classroom, and through practical application of learned competencies. This includes learning to start a business through the Entrepreneurship and Service Practicum.
In addition to the bigger picture, students will address many detailed aspects of starting their own company, taking leadership of an existing business, or becoming a creative and innovative force in a larger organization. Relevant classes in finance, human resources, product management, and innovation and design will prepare students to lead in all types of business settings and structures. Students will also have the opportunity to choose one course to further integrate learning and practice.
Examples of courses in this major:
Entrepreneurship and Service Practicum – Students will apply concepts learned in common professional component courses to start and run a business. A business plan will be written, a loan obtained and products commercialized within the semester. Each student company will also serve a local nonprofit organization with their time, talent and company profits.
Small Business Entrepreneurship – Small business planning applying the fundamentals of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling to the specific requirements of small business marketing, finance, production, and personnel. Practical application and case study is emphasized.
Innovation and Design for Business – An introduction into the invention, design, and prototype processes leading to the launch of a new product. This includes the importance of new ideas and innovation within the organization with a focus on entrepreneurship, and a discussion of the strategies necessary for challenging innovative concepts and driving creativity throughout an organization.
Human Resources Management – An examination of the personnel functions in the business organization, particularly job analysis, recruitment and hiring, training, performance appraisal, compensation, the psychological forces motivating workers, discipline, and morale within a heightened awareness of legislative and regulatory oversight.
Entrepreneurial Finance – this course focuses on funding and managing entrepreneurial ventures through the various stages of business growth. The course will develop skills related to the creation and understanding of business models and the types of organizations and the various ways these organizations can be financed. Students will learn: 1) the value of pro forma financial planning and what if analysis; and 2) the various ways to fund and manage a growing firm with a particular emphasis on deal structure and risk/reward scenarios for different investor types. The class will utilize cases based on real world companies from various industries to cover topics in investment analysis, financing the entrepreneurial firm, and financially managing the growing business.
The individuals who will challenge you to learn:
B.A. in Business Administration, Cedarville University; M.B.A., University of Baltimore; D.B.A., Cleveland State University
Dr. Fawcett serves as Dean of the School of Business and Professor of Marketing. He came to Grace College in 2011 bringing 24 years of experience in Christian higher education. Prior to beginning his teaching career he worked as a consultant in Washington, D.C. on contracts with Naval Sea Systems Command and the Federal Aviation Administration. Dr. Fawcett is very active in the Christian Business Faculty Association.
B.A. in Political Science and History, Parsons College; M.P.A. in Public Administration, Ball State University; M.B.A. in Finance, University of Saint Francis; D.B.A. in Marketing, Northcentral University
Prior to coming to Grace in 2011, Professor Grossnickle spent five years at the University of Saint Francis where he developed the Entrepreneurship program and taught business courses. He has extensive experience as the former CEO/President and founder of Caremet, Inc. dba Miller's Merry Manor health care facilities which was the largest independent health care organization in Indiana. He lives in Warsaw with his wife and has two sons and three grandchildren.
Bachelor of business Administration (B.B.A.), University of Kentucky; M.B.A., University of Cincinnati; Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
Professor McEwan joins the Grace faculty as full-time instructor of finance in the School of Business. He previously worked at Rolls-Royce Aircraft Engines with his last position being Director of Finance Business Partnering, prior to this role he was Vice President Finance for the Helicopter Engines business and Finance Director Engineering and Technology. Mr McEwan also held finance positions at GM Military Vehicles Operation, GM Allison Transmission and at the University of Cincinnati as a teaching assistant. He has served as president of the Board of NICA ministries overseeing two missionaries in Nicaragua, as treasurer of the Woodruff Place Foundation, and was on the board of trustees at New hope Christian Church. He enjoys golf, kayaking, hiking, and cross-country skiing. Kenneth and his wife Robin have been married 31 years and have 3 children and 3 grandchildren.
B.S. in Business Administration , University of Dayton; M.B.A., University of Dayton; D.M., University of Maryland
Roger Bingham comes to Grace College with more than 16 years in higher education. Prior to his current position, he served in leadership roles in the Ivy Tech community College system covering Student Affairs, finance and facilities. Dr. Bingham has also worked for private industry and the federal government. His family includes his wife and three teenage children.