The Center for Entrepreneurship in the College of Business Administration at Belmont University features co-curricular programs that provide dynamic opportunities for learning through application to real entrepreneurial ventures.
Students utilize these programs in a variety of ways — some students develop their own businesses while others connect with a variety of ventures, often founded by students and alumni. The goal of this co-curricular environment is to extend learning within the classroom into experiential working opportunities for our students.
Please contact the Center for Entrepreneurship at 615.460.6601 for more information about these programs.
On-campus Student-run Ventures
Retail space on the Belmont Boulevard side of the University's Curb Event Center allows students the opportunity to run their own ventures while on campus. Approximately 3,500 square feet of prime retail space has been set aside by Belmont University which students use to develop retail or service businesses. Buzzy's Candy Store, Feedback Clothing Co., and BLVD Music Shop are currently operating in this space. This program gives students the opportunity to gain first-hand experience in managing a small business.
Free Legal Clinics
Legal Clinics are available to Entrepreneurship and Social Entrepreneurship majors and minors and Practicing Entrepreneurs. Made possible by the generosity of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, the advice and counsel of attorneys are provided to student businesses without charge.
Students interested in seeing an attorney must become a registered entrepreneur with the Center. Appointments to meet with an attorney are made on a first come first served basis.
Free Accounting Clinics
Accounting faculty in the College of Business Administration volunteer their services at Accounting Clinics. These clinics provide information, services, and guidance to practicing entrepreneurs on an as-needed basis.
Practicing Entrepreneur Roundtables
These roundtables, created as a peer forum for practicing entrepreneurs, meet several times per semester on Wednesdays during the 10:00AM hour in MBC 413. All Belmont entrepreneurs may attend, but those students who participate in the on-campus hatcheries must attend at least two per semester.
Entrepreneur in Residence
A seasoned entrepreneur is on staff to give one-on-one advising to student entrepreneurs and to help support our other programs for student entrepreneurs.
Collegiate DECA is an international, collegiate organization for students interested in enhancing their business skills. Collegiate DECA programs assist in developing academically prepared, community oriented, professionally responsible, experienced leaders. Members major in a variety of academic programs with a strong focus on business-related fields. Collegiate DECA conferences and other activities give students unique access to internships, scholarships, competition, and professional networking.
Belmont's Collegiate DECA team had another successful experience at the 2012 Collegiate DECA International Career Development Conference, which was held April 21-24 in Salt Lake City. Twenty-nine Belmont students competed in nine events at the international competition, with 25 of the Belmont participants reaching the finals in their respective events. Notably, Belmont students swept the Entrepreneurial Challenge category and placed first in two of the nine events.
Entrepreneurial Challenge winners include:
1st — Julia Cecere, Ross Hill, Zach Hughes
2nd – Jason Rardin, Shannon York, Tom Haarlander
3rd – Nathan Tennant, Clark Buckner, Jennifer Stevens
Top 10 Shannon Leahy, Sarah Beairsto, A.J. Marino
Top 10 Katie Tierney, Mandy Strader, Jena Lavicha
Top 10 Eric Guroff, Matt Madden, Felicia Deas
Top 10 Josh Gilreath, Areej Rabie
Top 10 Michelle Keil, Chelsi Leverenz, Linda Wu
Restaurant and Food Service Management
1st - Clark Buckner
Entrepreneurship Business Plan
2nd - Julia Cecere
Top 10 - Josh Cypher
National Finalist – Michelle Keil
Travel and Tourism
3rd - A.J. Marino
Top Ten – Mandy Strader, Lindsey Ricker
Top 10 – Areej Rabie
Top 10 – Tom Haarlander
Top 10 – Jennifer Stevens
Top 10 – Nathan Tennant
Human Resource Management
Top 10 – Felicia Deas
Congratulations, Collegiate DECA 2011-2012 team!!!
The Student Business Hatcheries (located on the second floor of the Jack C. Massey Business Center and in the Beaman Student Life Center) provide shared office space offering basic resources and support to help students as they develop their entrepreneurial ventures. Students are advised by faculty, staff and local entrepreneurs, who are part of the Belmont Entrepreneur Network.
I love the Hatchery. It is a great accomplishment and show of support from the university to those who own a business. All of my classes are in Massey and I love the fact that in between classes I can send faxes and e-mails or even hold a meeting in the conference room. I enjoy being around others who share an interest in the spirit of entrepreneurship and even plan to collaborate on some ventures with others who use the hatchery. --Kenneth Brown, Entrepreneurship Student
Student Business Accelerator
The student businesses that have reached an advanced level benefit from the Accelerator, a personal office space. These businesses enjoy private office space, equipped with resources, and have access to one-on-one advice and counseling.
Belmont students have the opportunity to compete in business plan competitions for the chance to win prizes and meet investors.
The Belmont Business Plan Competition:
Undergraduate students can compete in an annual internal Belmont business plan competition sponsored by Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC. First place receives a check for $5,000 and the title of “Outstanding Student Entrepreneur of the Year,” second place receives $2,000 and $1,000 goes to third place. The 2012 winners were:
3rd Place - Cool Candy & Beverage Company (Julia Cecere)
2nd Place - Candy Galaxy (Jonathan Murrell and Moriah Nogoy)
1st Place and Outstanding Student Entrepreneur of the Year Award - QuickMed (Jerell Harris)
Click Here to download the 2013 competition guidelines and due dates
Values and Ventures Business Plan Competition:
Sponsored by TX Christian University’s Neeley Entrepreneurship Center, the Values and Ventures Business Plan Competition encourages student entrepreneurs to recognize and live their own values when creating their enterprises, to champion their desire to do good while doing well.
The student team from Belmont University won the Grand Prize for the first annual Values & Ventures Business Plan Competition held in 2011. The team of Emily Hollingsworth, Ayesha Ghaffar and Emilie Lico impressed the five judges with their concept, presentation and business plan for Mattress Works, which provides employment opportunities for the homeless and diverts waste from landfills through deconstructing and recycling used mattresses. The team was awarded $10,000 for the Grand Prize. They also were honored for Best Oral Presentation and Best Values-Based Concept.