Cameron School of Business at UNCW

A Veteran Student Reflects On His Professional MBA Journey

Posted by Cameron School of Business on Mar 3, 2021 8:37:24 AM

Guest Blogger: Contributed by Matt Mylott, Assistant Director of Client Management at UNCW’s Swain Center (this post originally appeared on WilmingtonBiz.com on March 1, 2021).

20 years ago, I wouldn’t have guessed I’d be where I’m at today. Representing UNCW’s Swain Center for Executive Education in our regional marketplace hardly aligns with the bulk of my professional experience. Had you asked me then, I would’ve guessed I’d still be in the Marine Corps in 2020. But life happens, and in 2008 I permanently separated from the Corps. Over the subsequent 8 years, I worked as a Sheriff’s Deputy and spent several years in healthcare sales. Having siblings with master’s degrees and quite successful careers, I had an ever-present interest in pursuing a graduate degree that would equip and position me as a more desirable workforce candidate. What I was NOT interested in was preparing for and sitting through a GMAT exam. As I investigated the MBA programs at my alma mater, I was pleasantly surprised to learn the Cameron School of Business (CSB) waived the GMAT requirement. A short time later, I applied to CSB’s Professional MBA program. I was later accepted and was set to begin coursework in Fall of 2016.

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Topics: entrepreneurship, graduate programs, MBA, professional development, student stories, Swain Center, Professional MBA, veterans, Insights, graduate school, PMBA

Why Now Is The Best Time To Start A Business

Posted by Cameron School of Business on Feb 2, 2021 9:34:24 AM

Guest Blogger: This Insights article was contributed by Heather McWhorter, Regional Director of the Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC). Heather believes that everyone has entrepreneurial superpowers that can be developed and that everyone should have equal access to starting a business because, after all, it is the American dream (this post originally appeared on WilmingtonBiz.com on February 1, 2021). This photo was taken before COVID-19.

2020 has been a year full of unexpected events and has made many of us step back and look at life a little differently. While those of us who are on the frontline of helping businesses are witnessing business closures at alarming rates, we are also seeing something else: a surge in new business creation. This surge is giving us hope for an even stronger economy and region in the future.

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Topics: entrepreneurship, professional development, mentoring, business tips, Insights

The Inaugural Virtual Rocket Pitch Competition Deemed a Success

Posted by Cameron School of Business on Jan 13, 2021 11:27:50 AM

Contributed by Dr. Xaver Neumeyer, Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Cameron School of Business.

In the inaugural Virtual Rocket Pitch Competition, organized by Dr. Xaver Neumeyer, Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship, students presented early-stage business ideas, ranging from the use of smart technologies to decrease hand gun incidents to the purchase and expunging of medical debt. The presentations were judged by serial entrepreneur (e.g. WebTel Marketing, The Wall Printer) and EBD advisory board member Paul Baron, as well as Girard Newkirk, founder and CEO of KWHCoin and co-founder of Genesis Block, a new collaborative space for local entrepreneurs in Wilmington, NC.

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Topics: business development, entrepreneurship, management, networking, professional development, mentoring, business tips, Cameron School News, covid

Overcoming Barriers to Technology Adoption When Fostering Entrepreneurship Among the Poor: The Role of Technology and Digital Literacy

Posted by Cameron School of Business on Sep 28, 2020 10:41:24 AM

Story notes contributed by Dr. Xaver Neumeyer, Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship at the UNCW Cameron School of Business.

Xaver Neumeyer, Ph.D. assistant professor of entrepreneurship at UNCW Cameron School of Business recently published “Overcoming Barriers to Technology Adoption When Fostering Entrepreneurship Among the Poor: The Role of Technology and Digital Literacy” in IEEE Transactions of Engineering Management. The journal is rated “A” by the Australian Business Dean’s Council.

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Topics: analytics, community, entrepreneurship, social media marketing, communication, technology, research

Entrepreneurship In A Pandemic: From CSB To Business Partners

Posted by Cameron School of Business on Aug 24, 2020 12:40:49 PM

Guest Blogger: This piece was contributed by Lily Pezzullo-Frank, Coordinator of External Programs and Communications for the Cameron School of Business and program administrator for the Cameron Executive Network. (this post originally appeared on WilmingtonBiz.com on July 30, 2020).

In January 2020 Cameron Executive Network mentor and Cameron School of Business alumna ‘07, Liz Roesel, and CSB alumna ‘17, Arianne Branch, launched a new business, just weeks before the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic rocked the United States.

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Topics: alumni, analytics, business development, community, entrepreneurship, social media marketing, communication, Insights

Coronavirus Relief Package – What Does It Mean For Small Business?

Posted by Cameron School of Business on Aug 3, 2020 10:47:19 AM

Guest Blogger: Contributed by Heather McWhorter, Regional Director of the Small Business & Technology Development Center (SBTDC) (this post originally appeared on WilmingtonBiz.com on May 1, 2020).
 
The 890,000+ small businesses in North Carolina employ 1.6 million people and account for 60% of the private sector workforce and 45% of the Gross State Product. Like other employers, small businesses are concerned about the immediate and long-term business impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and associated social distancing requirements.

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Topics: analytics, community, economics, entrepreneurship, communication, business analytics, SBTDC, leadership, Insights

Why a Business Must be More Than a Charismatic Leader

Posted by Cameron School of Business on Dec 13, 2019 11:08:50 AM

Photo: A group of businessmen sit in the lounge area of one of WeWork's locations while they conduct business. This photo showcases the purpose of WeWork. The original photo comes from https://images.theconversation.com/files/298579/original/file-20191024-170484-6foi43.jpg?ixlib=rb-1.1.0&q=45&auto=format&w=754&fit=clip.

All talk, no action? Our very own Greg Putnam, CFA in the Economics & Finance department breaks down the mentality of some of the monopolizing leaders in the business world.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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Topics: community, debate, entrepreneurship, business ownership, investments, economy, business tips, Cameron School News, leadership

Noah Miyazaki Wins 2018 Business Plan Competition

Posted by Cameron School of Business on Apr 19, 2018 6:08:00 PM

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 Commercializationcourse. Each year, Dr. Steve Harper, professor of EBD 490, invites four students from the class to compete.

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Topics: entrepreneurship, student stories

Cameron School of Business’s Entrepreneurship Week Taps Wilmington’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Posted by Cameron School of Business on Jan 19, 2018 11:07:00 AM

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.

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Topics: entrepreneurship

Featured Faculty: Dr. Stephen Harper

Posted by Cameron School of Business on Sep 22, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Editor's note: This faculty profile is from UNCW’s We Are UNCWseries 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.

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Topics: Cameron faculty, entrepreneurship, We Are UNCW

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Cameron School of Business at UNCW

UNCW was established as Wilmington College in 1947. The Department of Business and Economics became the Cameron School of Business in 1979. Focused on the transformation of today’s business world from the industrial age into the information age, business education at the Cameron School of Business is focused on the technical, analytical and interpersonal skills students will need to lead this fundamental change in the business world through the 21st century.

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