The UB School of Management and the Meszaros International Center of Entrepreneurship partner to give students from Western New York high schools the opportunity to explore the realm of self-employment. Funded by a grant from the Oishei Foundation, the 19-week Entrepreneurship Training Program focuses on ethical entrepreneurship, enabling students to gain an understanding of business operations and economics and explore the advantages and challenges of entrepreneurship.
The program stresses personal development and offers an interactive class environment where students learn teamwork and communication skills along with other proficiencies. Class assignments deal with real-life business activities, including the development and presentation of business plans. Students will learn to conduct research and collect meaningful information and become confident in speaking to and communicating effectively with audiences. Additionally, interaction with professional guest speakers allows students to learn how to network with others outside their peer group. The program culminates with a business plan competition.