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Entrepreneur2Xiaohong He, professor of international business, teamed up with Renyong Chi, a professor at Zhejiang University of Technology, to co-author a paper titled “Conceptualization and Practice of Cluster Evolution in Developing Economies: Underlying Logics that Transform Survival or Subsistent Entrepreneurship Cluster.” The paper was awarded best paper by the Journal of Entrepreneurship and Public Policy at the U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreunrship (USABE)Conference held in San Francisco in January. One of the goals of USABE is to promote entrepreneurship throughout the country at a collegial level. Emphasis at the conference was placed on teaching innovative ideas in the classroom that support students in their small business endeavors. Present at the conference were David Cadden, professor of management, and Dale Jasinski, associate professor of management. In addition to participating in the conference, both professor Cadden and professor Jasinski interviewed potential candidates for the recently created Carl Highsmith endowed position in the department of Entrepreneurship and Strategy.

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Tax season is upon us!

Tax season is upon us!

Under the direction of Nelson Alino, assistant professor of accounting in the School of Business, IRS certified student volunteers will offer free tax preparation assistance to qualified individuals on Saturdays from ten am to two pm beginning Febrary 2 and extending to April 13 in the QU online building, 3093 Whitney Avenue. Assistance is offered to those who earn less than $51,000 annually. Volunteeers can inform taxpayers about special tax credits for which they qualify, including Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, and Credit for the Elderly or Disabled. Those seeking assistance need to bring proof of identification: photo ID, a social security card and any additional social security cards if filing with a spouse or filing for a child, proof of foreign status (if applicable and applying for an ITIN.) Student volunteers use TAXWISE, the IRS-approved software package for VITA program for state and federal tax returens. Need more information? Please email Professor Alino at alino.quinnipiac.edu

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Market in Leon

Market in Leon

A team consisting of a total of eleven students, graduates and undergraduates, merged together to take on the challenge of understanding how microlending works in Nicaragua. Professors Charles M. Brooks, Marketing, and Wendy Ceccucci, Computer Information Systems, were the faculty members instrumental in helping students put together their micro-loan plan. Students lived with host families and they learned to challenge themselves both inside and outside the classroom.  As economics major and finance minor Micale Kebede, class of 2013, noted, “This was an eye-opening and heart warming expereince.  I went because I wanted to see how micro-learning works on the ground and what is possible and what are the challenges.  For instance, the language barrier is a challenge.  But, you have to move beyond that and keep your eye on the goal.” Study in Nicargua is sponsored by the School of Business in coordination with the Albert Schweitzer Institute.  The objective of the international experience is to help Nicaraguan entrepreneurs develop business plans and to prepare for loan applications.  When students return to the US, they complete the underwriting process for the loan applications and present their business plans to the QU Microloan Fund Board. Student participants benefit from intellectual and cultural hurdles to success. Outside the classroom, they have the opportunity to hike up a volcano and then, on a different day, visit a Pacific beach.  And upon return to town, they gain an understanding of how to interact and negotiate with others in the local market.

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Professors in China

Professors in China

Professor Richard McCarthy and Xiaohong He visited three universities in the People’s Republic of China during the month of December. They went to the Shanghai Maritime Institute, the Tianjin Foreign Studies University, and the Beijing Technology and Business University. The purpose of their visit was to expand upon cooperation agreements between the School of Business and those universities to provide opportunities for research partnerships, faculty international teaching opportunities and to meet with students who are interested in furthering their education at the School of Business. The School of Business has a formal agreement with both the Tianjin Foreign Studies University and the Beijing Technology and Business University that enables graduate students to complete their MBA degree in a one year full-time format. In addition to their classroom education, students experience life in the United States as well as seeing how businesses operate within the U.S. There are currently five graduate students from the Tianjin Foreign Studies University and one from the Beijing Technology and Business University pursuing their MBA. MBA students have an opportunity to experience Chinese culture and business through one of our graduate international experience courses each summer.

China is one of several countries that the School of Business has established cooperation agreements with. These help to enable students to experience international business first-hand and to gain a deeper understanding that the impact of other cultures has on how they engage in business.

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WThe School of Business is proactive in supporting young women as they begin their journey towards a successful career and is continuing to do so by hosting a seminar in late February, 2013. As part of the Connecting Women’s Breakfast Forum, held at the Mount Carmel Campus, students will network with others and hear from successful women in fields ranging from finance to social services. The forum is deisgned to promote the professional development of female students, encourage their personal growth, and provide them with the opportunity to exchange ideas with others. Within the forum, women have the opportunity to discuss a variety of ideas relevant to the workplace, such as finding balance between friends and careeer, appropriate ways to network, and how to use social media as a tool of advancement. Through the breakout sessions and the opportunity for discussion, participants learn how divergent experiences create a road map towards success. Participants discuss their “what not to do” moments, and they gain an insight on how to recognize what to do right. The goal of the forum is to build confidence in women to own their intellect, their savvy, and their know know-how, which will allow them to better position themselves as leaders. For more information about women in business events, please email business@quinnipiac.edu.

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Four members of the School of Business Management program recently attended the Entrepreneurship and Management conference. United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) is designed to allow participants an opportunity to learn current teaching ideas in the field of entrepreneurship, hear from well-known entrepreneurs, and network with colleagues.

Dave Tomczyk, Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship, won the 3E Learning Innovative Teaching Competition at the USASBE. 3E Learning looks for experiential entrepreneurship exercises that entrepreneurship educators can use in their classrooms to teach entrepreneurship or aspects of entrepreneurship. Dave was one of seven finalists from across the country who presented in San Francisco, and his Post-it Note Process Model exercise won first prize. In addition to the prestige of winning, Dave will also be a judge for next year’s competition. All of Dave’s ideas—along with all other submissions—are freely available at 3e-learning.org.

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Students practice with David Tomczyk’s “Post-it Note Process Model” exercise

In addition, David Tomczyk conducted a workshop with Professor of law, Judy Gedge, to help participants examine the challenges of forming teams in courses where students may brainstorm business ideas, create an actual business, and/or further develop existing business ideas. Participants gain an understanding and appreciation of the legal and ethical ramifications of collaboration and potential approaches to critically and analytically tackling these hurdles.

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doctorKyle Hunchak, an MBA student, is the recipient of the Connecticut Women in Health Care Management (CWHCM) scholarship. Kyle is the second member of the School of Business MBA-HCM to receive this honor. The CWHCM Scholarship was established to recognize a deserving woman undergraduate or graduate student who demonstrates a committment to a career in healthcare management.

Selection criteria for the award is rigorous, and it includes an essay in which students map out their academic and professinal goals. One of Kyle’s goals is to become an Executive Director of a Level One Trauma Hospital. As part of the journey towards this goal, she traveled to Ecuador with the non-profit group Hands Across the World to assist gifted surgeons in erasing disfigurements for approximately 100 adults and children of Ecuador. Kyle’s myriad of surgical experience during her career includes being a member of the OR team of a Level One Trauma Hospital–this sparked her desire to become an executive member of such a team.

Kyle is currently a Perioperative Coordinator at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center with leadership responsibility over cardiothoracic operating rooms that boast 720-800 open heart case volume.

Kyle’s opportunities have given her a well-rounded nursing experience as well as leadership experience to support her goal of achieving her MBA At QU.

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