Entrepreneurial Business Studies

Entrepreneurship is about a creative spirit.  Our Entrepreneurship program allows students to pursue their ambitions within a structured business discipline where they learn how to start, operate, and grow professionally, independently or within a team. 

Just a few of the opportunities that set Paul Smith’s College apart:

·         Participate in Business Plan Competitions in New York State and beyond.  Northern Suds had its start during a student’s senior experience.

·          Semester in Residency, students earn credit with online study and paid work experience with nationwide partners like, DisneyRitz Carlton Bachelor GulchKiawah Island Resorts, World of Beer Corporate OfficesThe Point Resort & others.

·         Entrepreneurship Symposiums and Mixers. Students learn from new and seasoned business owners about the risk, and successes, in creating and running a business.

·         Client Partnerships with Entrepreneurs.  Students develop a relationship with a business, identify a “contractual deliverable” execute the tasks and deliver back to the client.  Ohana’s 1950 Diner and Pure Placid have enjoyed student/client relationships.

·         Entrepreneurship students can engage in Paid Work Experience at the area venues while taking classes.  The Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) has enjoyed a business student that taught snowboarding while in school, and the family owned chain of ice cream/convenience stores (Stewart’s) acquired a store manager during his senior year. 

·         Join Paul Smith’s DECA, an International Club for leaders in hospitality, marketing, management & finance. Participate in the New York Hotel Show, site visits and the Annual DECA convention.

·         Earn a Minor to complement your Bachelor’s degree.  Entrepreneurs come from many sectors of industry – and Paul Smith’s offers varied minors to suit varied interests.  As diverse as business are is as diverse as the minors are at Paul Smith’s college.

Entrepreneurship addresses “why not change the world?” – in as many ways as one has aspirations. Through study, experiences, partners, creative spirit, resiliency, and determination, we prepare students for the many faces of business.

Key Facts
  • B.S. degree
Career Options
  • Small Business owner
  • Business consultant
  • Company administrator
  • Research and development
  • Sales and advertising
  • Nonprofit fundraiser
  • Recruiter
  • Franchise owner
  • Retail
  • Market manager
  • Public relations
  • Financial analyst
Program Objectives

At the end of the program students will be able to:

  • SLO 1: Critical Thinking and Leadership Skills
    • Integrate their liberal arts education with business education to foster life long learning skills.
    • Develop analytic, reflective thinking, critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
    • Demonstrate ethical decision-making and reasoning abilities.
  • SLO 2: Management and Communication Skills
    • Demonstrate the processes of entrepreneurship, strategic management, accountability and project planning.
    • Expand oral, written and listening communication skills.
    • Articulate and defend a personal business philosophy within a global context.
    • Synthesize content knowledge from functional areas of business, including Marketing, Accounting, Management, Economics, Operations, Planning, Finance.
  • SLO 3: Technical Knowledge and Skills
    • Use and explain information technologies as they influence the structure and processes of organizations and economies, and as they influence the roles and techniques of management.
  • SLO 4: Life Skills and work Ethic
    • Develop skills in team management, conflict resolution and consensus building.
    • Develop a stewardship orientation in business decision-making.
Core Requirements

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  • Entrepreneurship Systems, Resources, and Policies
    • Signature Course – A crash course in all the necessary aspects of Small Business organization from financing to licensing to keeping things legal
  • Sustainable Practices in Enterprises
    • Signature Course – Students learn how to take care of business while taking care of the planet as well
  • Creating & Communicating Value
    • Signature Course – Students analyze and synthesize product benefits to present in a Shark Tank style environment
  • Applications in Entrepreneurship
    • Signature Course – Students work with up-and-coming entrepreneurial organizations in order to produce a “deliverable” the company will then implement into day-to-day activities
  • Entrepreneurship Capstone
    • Signature Course – Students create their own Business and Marketing plans for a small business of their own; jumpstarting their post-graduation plans
  • Introduction to Entrepreneurship
  • Principles of Management
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Principles of Economics
  • Financial Accounting
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Social Research
  • Math for Financial Decision Making
  • Business Ethics and Decision Making
  • Statistics
  • Finance
  • Change Management


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