The 2008 Entrepreneur Challenge: New name signals new opportunities.

Erica Courtney, winner, New Venture Challenge 2007 In recent years, the New Venture Challenge business plan competition gave budding entrepreneurs the chance to pitch their business plans and turn those plans into viable, profitable businesses.  This tradition has been part and parcel of the College of Business Administration’s commitment to preparing its students for entrepreneurial […]

Intellectual property comes to the fore in business plan project.

A recent event brought together the Florida International University’s Pino Global Entrepreneurship Center, the Office of Intellectual Property Management and Resource Development, and the Applied Research Center (ARC); the president of South Florida Technology Alliance (SFTA); and 54 students in the College of Business Administration’s International MBA (IMBA) program taking Advanced Business Plan Development. The […]

2007 New Venture Challenge showcases the next generation of socially conscious entrepreneurs.

All entrepreneurs dream of turning their business plans into viable, profitable businesses. Once again this year, the college’s New Venture Challenge business plan competition is helping them transform these dreams into reality. Hosted by the Eugenio Pino and Family Global Entrepreneurship Center, the competition this time brought with it a new emphasis on social responsibility—with […]

From planned behavior to drafting a business plan: new book balances the theoretical and the practical.

Alan L. Carsrud Somewhere between an erudite article, a standard textbook, and a glib “How-To” without research to back up its points, there ought to be a resource that provides easy-to-read, yet well-substantiated information on matters of business importance. Now there is: the seven-volume Greenwood Guides to Business and Economics. Alan L. Carsrud, executive director, […]

Entrepreneurship Week USA comes and goes, but its impact remains.

Bruce Welch (left), graduate student assistant in the Pino Center, at Entrepreneurship Week USA Fair When Entrepreneurship Week USA took place across the country from February 24-March 3, 2007, the Eugenio Pino and Family Global Entrepreneurship Center in the College of Business Administration was a lively participant. Sponsored by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation—a grant […]

2007 Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame Inductees will be honored on May 16th.

The Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame will be celebrating its 8th annual Luncheon and Induction Ceremony on Wednesday, May 16, 2007, at Parrot Jungle Island. The Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame inductees were selected by a panel of judges representing the business community and previous honorees. Margarita M. Gonzalez (BBA ‘06) President and CFO of AccuBanker, will […]

Forum explores what it takes to keep a business “all in the family.”

Starting a business together can be an equally daunting and enriching experience for any family. Keeping that business successful from generation to generation often brings a whole new set of challenges and rewards. More than thirty representatives of local family enterprises were eager to join a discussion that delved deeper into this very topic at […]

2007 New Venture Challenge welcomes university alumni into the competition.

This year, for the first time, Florida International University alumni are invited to join currently-enrolled, upper-division undergraduate and graduate students in the 2007 New Venture Challenge Business Competition. Hosted by the Eugenio Pino and Family Global Entrepreneurship Center, the annual New Venture Challenge gives young entrepreneurs the opportunity to develop and present a written business […]

Success blossoms as business plan for ergonomic tools wins first statewide competition.

The presentations were impressive and the competition was keen at the first annual Florida Collegiate Business Plan Competition held October 27 and 28, 2006, at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando, Florida. Alexis Nogueras (MBA ’06) But when a panel of judges heard College of Business Administration graduate Alexis Nogueras (MBA ’06) present his plan […]

New scholarship endowment sparks the entrepreneurial spirit.

Margarita Gonzalez Student and entrepreneur Margarita Gonzalez rarely follows the traditional path. Already the chief financial officer of AccuBANKER, the company she and her husband founded in Miami in 1981, Gonzalez decided to pursue her Bachelor of Business Administration degree at Florida International University—at the same time her own children were heading off to college. […]