Charlotte Tritch who is the Associate Director of Entrepreneurship Programs in the KU Business School spoke to Lawrence Central on August 15th about the programs the Center for Entrepreneurship offers and a peek at some of the exiting things they are working on.
The interesting piece she pointed out is that Entrepreneurship classes are available to all 30K KU students allowing them to “commercialize their passions” helping both undergraduate and graduate students to develop an entrepreneurial mindset by thinking innovatively, recognizing potential business opportunities, amassing resources and familiarity of how to launch and grow a business. For more info go to the KU School of Business website.
Charlotte also touched on their new Red Tire Program that matches well qualified KU and other Kansas regents schools graduated students and alumni with small to medium companies needing new ownership/management. The RedTire program, a partnership between the KU Entrepreneurship Works for Kansas initiative and the Kansas Small Business Development Centers, is designed to address the closing of viable rural Kansas businesses due to the lack of a successor or exit strategy. Without the RedTire program, and with the shuttering of businesses, there will be a loss of those services in the community, a decline in the local tax base and a loss of equity for the business’ owner. For more info on this program you can go to http://redtire.org