The Twelfth Annual Business Plan Competition, open to Cameron School of Business seniors in the Entrepreneurship and Business Development concentration, was held on April 13th. Thirty-six students submitted comprehensive business plans accompanied by oral presentations for their EBD 490 (Business Development and Commercialization) course. Each year, Dr. Steve Harper, professor of EBD 490, invites four students from the class to compete.
Guest Blogger: Dr. Stephen Harper, Duke Energy/Betty Cameron Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship, Cameron School of Business
The Cameron School of Business embraces the concept that organizations function best when they are without boundaries.
This is true for many Cameron School of Business events, such as: Business Week; sponsored trips to various places, including Wall Street; activities like the regional and national Sales Competition; and the academic programs throughout the year in numerous foreign countries, including China.
Editor's note: This faculty profile is from UNCW’s ‘We Are UNCW’ series and was posted on September 5, but has been updated for accuracy.
When Stephen Harper officially retired at the end of the spring 2018 semester, his career at UNCW spanned six chancellors, four deans and more than 40 years of teaching students the finer points of business and entrepreneurship. Coincidentally, Harper, the Duke Energy/Betty Cameron Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship in the Cameron School of Business, celebrated his 70th birthday just two months after UNCW observed the 70th anniversary of the date it first opened its doors, Sept. 4, 1947.
Guest Blogger: Heather McWhorter, Regional Director, Small Business & Technology Development Center (SBTDC)
Depending on the size of your small to mid-sized business, you may be the CEO, CFO, COO, CHRO, CTO, and more. Managing a small to mid-sized business is difficult – but you don’t have to do it alone. Tap into passionate, experienced professionals and colleagues that can help you to address critical management issues, while enabling your business grow and thrive.
New Potato Technologies will be launching their latest product, the Brio Coaster, to the Wilmington community in June. Worked on by a team including four UNCW alumni (Chris Sumner, James Smith, Alan Linz and Amanda Harman) and two Cameron School of Business alumnae (Kellie McLiverty and Corinne Conto, IMBA), this 'smart' coaster is designed to alert you via your phone if someone tampers with your drink while you're away from it.
March 2017 Editor's Note: This post was originally published in January 2017 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.
Guest Blogger: Robert T. Burrus, Jr., Ph.D., Dean, Cameron School of Business
The Cameron School of Business recognized years ago that to provide an exceptional educational experience for its students, it would need to supplement the traditional approach to education that includes textbooks, Harvard Business Review articles, case studies and analysis, PowerPoint-assisted lectures and various in-class exercises with activities and experiences beyond the classroom.
March 2017 Editor's Note: This post was originally published in January 2016 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.
Starting my own company was the best but hardest thing I have ever done on my own.
I had worked for a photo booth rental company in Maryland for nearly a year before transferring schools from UMBC to UNCW. It was the best job I have ever had. I was getting paid to go to parties, hang out, eat, socialize, and have fun with the guests and I was making more than enough money from only working once or twice a week. Can you imagine anything better? I couldn’t. I loved my job, it was something I was passionate about and looked forward to doing. I wanted to do the exact same thing while I was at UNCW. So, I started my own photo booth rental company, Photo Perfect Photobooth LLC.
March 2017 Editor's Note: This post was originally published in October 2016 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.
Guest Blogger: Josh Skidmore, UNCW CSB Class of 2016
I’ll start by saying that starting a business isn’t easy. I’ve practically lived off coffee and Redbull for the past three months. It’s literally building something from the ground up. But when it’s finished, and people are enjoying what you’ve created, it’s an awesome feeling.
March 2017 Editor's Note: This post was originally published in June 2016 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.
This post was written in collaboration with Denis Carter, Ph.D., associate professor emeritus, Department of Economics and Finance at UNCW.
Did you hear the one about two economists walking through the woods?
One said “How do you feel about this economy – are you a bull or a bear?” The other replied, “I am definitely a … wait a second, why do you ask?” The one in front said, “There is a black bear behind us and he had ‘demand’ written across his open mouth and ‘supply’ reflected in his eyes.”