Big changes announced in Stetson’s Entrepreneurship Program

NEW ASSISTANT DIRECTOR — Luis Paris, a Stetson alumnus, has been named the assistant director of the university’s Joseph C. Prince Entrepreneurship Program in the School of Business Administration. His appointment is one of several changes announced for the program this fall.

NEW ASSISTANT DIRECTOR — Luis Paris, a Stetson alumnus, has been named the assistant director of the university’s Joseph C. Prince Entrepreneurship Program in the School of Business Administration. His appointment is one of several changes announced for the program this fall.

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Entrepreneurship continues to be one of the fastest growing areas of undergraduate student growth. To support that interest, Stetson University’s School of Business Administration recently announced a number of exciting changes beginning this fall for the Joseph C. Prince Entrepreneurship Program.

“After joining Stetson last year, I began developing a plan to expand the program and advance innovation and creativity through entrepreneurial activities,” explained Bill Jackson, Ph.D., director of the Prince program. “The ability to connect students from all across campus, to better connect to the community, and to be part of advancing economic development was a key driver in the formation of the new major as well as the overall curriculum overhaul.”

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, entrepreneurship plays a vital role in the growth of the U.S. economy. In fact, small businesses account for 54 percent of all U.S. sales, 55 percent of all jobs and 66 percent of all new net jobs.

The Stetson program, housed in the Department of Management, now offers students a major in entrepreneurship and two minor options. The minor for business majors is designed to provide a background in creative problem-solving and new entrepreneurial techniques that complements their major.

To further promote community outreach and development, Luis Paris has been named the new assistant director of the program. Paris, who holds an M.B.A. from Stetson, is an instructor of international business and new venture creation in the School of Business Administration.

Paris has launched three startup businesses and is active in the local business community as an organizer for 1 Million Cups Daytona Beach, an advisory board member for UCF Business Incubator at Daytona Beach, and a founder of Innovate Daytona.

Paris is also active in the Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Volusia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the CEO Business Alliance.

“Ultimately, the entrepreneurship minor will equip students with the skills necessary to succeed in an ever-increasing entrepreneurial corporate environment,” explained Paris. “Regardless of their major field of study, students will now be able to easily add the entrepreneurship minor.”

The Prince Entrepreneurship Program now has an advisory board in place comprising highly successful Stetson alumni, local business owners and serial entrepreneurs hailing from a number of top companies. The board’s first meeting is slated for Oct. 20, when it will begin the task of providing strategic advice, advocacy, innovation and connectivity for the program, students and the community-at-large.

For more information, visit www.stetson.edu/business/finance/

- Marie Dinklage, Special to The Beacon 

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