Trevecca launching new entrepreneurship, small business concentration in the fall

While still a Trevecca student, 2017 graduate Josh Durham launched his own company, Weighting Comforts. Offering weighted blankets and other products designed to reduce anxiety and ease sleeplessness and stress, the company has only continued to grow.

Durham’s work earned him several honors while still in college, including two nominations for the Nashville NEXT Awards’ Young Entrepreneur of the Year. He knew he wanted to own a business from an early age.

Trevecca wants to help more students like Durham achieve their dreams to own or run their own businesses. That’s why the Skinner School of Business and Technology is launching a new major this fall focused on entrepreneurship and small business management.

Registration begins with the Fall 2018 semester.

“Three out of four high school graduates say they want to own their own business,” said Dean Diehl, who will serve as the director of the program. “We should be helping them do that.”

Students enrolled in the program will earn a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in entrepreneurship and small business management. Diehl says this will provide graduates with a broad understanding of business as well as the unique challenges of owning or running a small business.

Key courses center on communication, marketing, human resource management, accounting and more, providing students with the necessary skills to successfully run a business.

Diehl sees the addition of the entrepreneurship major as an extension of the University’s core values.

“As a university committed to educating young people for leadership and service, entrepreneurship has always been a part of our DNA as a community,” Diehl said. “Entrepreneurship isn’t a career or a job; it’s seeing the world through the lens of opportunity. It’s the ability to envision things not as they are, but as they could be.

“It’s my vision that entrepreneurship wouldn’t just be a major at Trevecca, but that every graduate should be able to think entrepreneurially,” he continued.

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