Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

October 21, 2002

Whitworth to Kick Off Program for Entrepreneurship Oct. 24

Whitworth College will hold a reception Thursday, Oct. 24, to kick off the new Program for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Studies. The reception, to be held 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Hixson Union Building on campus, is open to students and to business and community members interested in participating in the program.

The program was established recently with a $137,628 grant from the Seattle-based Herbert Jones Foundation to support the Whitworth School of Global Commerce and Management's efforts to become a regional leader of entrepreneurship education and to strengthen connections between the college and the Spokane business community.

The three-year grant will lay the groundwork for development of a program for entrepreneurship and small business studies by establishing a job shadowing/mentoring and internship program that will link students with Spokane-area entrepreneurs. Grant funding will also support an on-campus speaker series to provide Whitworth students and faculty, and members of the regional business community, with opportunities to learn from and interact with entrepreneurs and small-business professionals from industries throughout the region.

Elizabeth Peterson, assistant professor of economics and business at Whitworth, will direct the grant-funded program in conjunction with an advisory board of Whitworth faculty and members of the regional business community. The board will be chaired by Kyle Usrey, dean of Whitworth's School of Global Commerce and Management.

"We're excited to get the program under way to begin supporting entrepreneurs and small businesses in our region," Peterson says. "We hope that a good number of business and community leaders will be on hand to hear our vision for building stronger connections between Whitworth and the business community."

The grant program is the initial phase in the development of the Program for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Studies, which the School of Global Commerce and Management plans to launch formally in the next three to five years. The program will include new curriculum for the creation of a major and minor in entrepreneurship and small business studies; will provide a venue for Whitworth students and faculty to collaborate with entrepreneurs and business owners in the Inland Northwest; and will develop programs including business education, certification in entrepreneurship and small business, and regional research and consulting services, to help meet the needs of the business community.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The college enrolls 2,100 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.

Contacts:

Elizabeth Peterson, assistant professor of economics and business, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4675 or epeterson@whitworth.edu.

Kyle Usrey, dean of the School of Global Commerce and Management, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4721.

Greg Orwig, director of communications, (509) 777-4580 or gorwig@whitworth.edu.

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