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Whatever your major, you've got one-of-a-kind talent and fresh ideas. Why not turn them into a thriving business that's as unique as you are?

Quincy University's minor in Entrepreneurship provides the kind of broad-based understanding of running a small business that helps anyone turn dreams into working enterprises. Both Business and non-Business majors have strengthened their degrees through this 18-credit hour curriculum designed to promote your creativity and help you to capitalize on innovation through sound management practices. You'll learn how to evaluate, grow, and sustain ideas while networking with business leaders and discovering community programs available to assist entrepreneurs.

The Entrepreneurship curriculum includes a wide-ranging introduction to smart planning in the competitive contemporary marketplace. You'll also complete in-depth studies of entrepreneurship financials, marketing, creativity, and innovation, and business plan development. Whether you plan to start your own firm or simply stand out in the job market, this minor will give you a fast start.

Our faculty members have been recognized as fellows of the Coleman Foundation, receiving advanced training in entrepreneurial techniques and sponsoring student projects on campus. These experienced professionals provide you with quick feedback as you put your learning to the test in the marketplace.

Student Organizations
Quincy sponsors a chapter of Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization (CEO), the premier international student entrepreneurship network. The mission of CEO—to inform, support and inspire college students to be entrepreneurial and seek opportunity through enterprise creation—is carried out through campus activities and participation in annual conferences. You'll also have the chance to join QU students and faculty in attending the annual Self-Employment in the Arts (SEA) conference. At SEA, performances, firsthand guidance, and networking with peers and seasoned professionals put you in the center of the action. Other business student organizations include:
  • Institute for Management Accountants (IMA), which is affiliated with the national IMA organization and promotes the leadership and teamwork of accounting and finance professionals
  • Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), which promotes free enterprise practices through community involvement

Contact Us

For more information about the Entrepreneurship program, feel free to contact:

Dr. Cynthia Haliemun
217-228-5432 ext. 3067
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ENT 301     Introduction to Entrepreneurship
Credit Hours: 3
This course is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of what it takes to start and run your own business.  Topics include:  What is Entrepreneurship?  Getting Started - Ideas to Reality, Analyzing Entrepreneurship Opportunities, Product/Service Strategy, Analyzing Your Target Market, Building a Powerful Marketing Plan, Legal & Accounting Issues, Building and Keeping a Strong Customer Base, Managing Your Finances, Developing A Business Plan.  

ENT 315     Entrepreneurship Financials
Credit Hours: 3
This course focuses on understanding how to gather and analyze the appropriate financial data necessary for entrepreneurial decision making.  Students will learn basic financial skills and explore various forms of financing available to the entrepreneur.  Case studies and scenario analysis will be used to help students make a reject/buy decision.

ENT 331    Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Creativity and Innovation
Credit Hours: 3
This course will cover basic marketing principles necessary in the creation and innovation of a new product or business.  Students will examine day-to-day marketing activities, positioning and strategy, customer behavior, developing a marketing strategy, and the basics of market research, pricing, and reaching the customer.  Taking creative concepts to fruition will be discussed.

ENT 346 Entrepreneurial Experience
Credit Hours: 1
Students will demonstrate entrepreneurial skills through involvement in special projects and group work as assigned and monitored by a faculty member and as coordinated through the campus chapter of the Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization (CEO). Experiences focus on providing individuals with exposure to all aspects of being involved in student led entrepreneurial initiatives aimed at promoting student entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial awareness across campus and within the community. Students may earn a total of 4 credit hours, one credit hour per semester. (Graded Pass/No Credit)

ENT 497     Business Plan Development
Credit Hours: 3
This course will be used as the “capstone” course to the minor.  It incorporates and integrates the functional areas of business and puts into practice many of the concepts and theories acquired in other classes.  Students are required to identify a business opportunity and develop their own business plan.  This plan will be used in the overall assessment of the business minor.  Students will present their business plans to a panel of judges (local experts, entrepreneurs, and academics) for assessment and feasibility.

Program Requirements

Business Majors

The minor in Entrepreneurship is for both business and non-business majors and is designed to:
1. Encourage creativity in generating new business ideas.
2. Identify methods of enhancing and managing innovation.
3. Learn the process of evaluating opportunities for starting new business ventures or expand an existing company.
4. Develop sound business planning skills necessary for launching a new business.
5. Develop sound business practices for the successful endurance of a business.
6. Encourage networking with valuable contacts for entrepreneurs and business leaders while being aware of community programs available to assist entrepreneurs.

Students will develop a business plan over the course of the program that will be presented to a panel of practicing entrepreneurs and industry experts. The minor will consist of four required
courses and two elective courses designed to meet the interest of the individual student.

Program Requirements for Business Majors:
1. Accounting, Finance, Management and Marketing majors must take the following four courses: ENT 301 Introduction to Entrepreneurship, ENT 315 Entrepreneurship Financials, ENT 331 Entrepreneurship Marketing, Creativity and Innovation, ENT 497 Business Plan Development
2. Business majors must choose two electives as listed below:

  • Accounting: MGT 301, 342, 345, 352; MKT 335, 338, 362; INT 390; ENT electives.
  • Finance: MGT 301, 345, 352; MKT 335, 338, 362, 432; INT 390; ENT electives.
  • Management: MKT 335, 338, 362, 432; INT 390; ENT electives.
  • Marketing: MGT 301, 342, 345, 352; INT 390; ENT electives.

3. Must also meet minimum University requirements for a minor.

Program Requirements for Non-Business Majors:
1. Non-Business majors must take 18 credit hours to receive a minor in Entrepreneurship.
2. Non-Business majors must take the following four courses: ENT 301 Introduction to Entrepreneurship, ENT 315 Entrepreneurship Financials, ENT 331 Entrepreneurship Marketing, Creativity & Innovation, ENT 497 Business Plan Development.
3. Two electives chosen from the following: BUS 219, FIN 315; MGT 300, 301, 342, 352; MKT 331, 335, 338, 362, 432; INT 390; ENT electives.
4. Must also meet minimum University requirements for a minor.


Active Learning Opportunities

Quincy sponsors paid and unpaid internships in small businesses, and you can complete them on a credit or non-credit basis. Here are some of the firms that have hosted interns:
  • QuincyNet
  • Midwest GIS
  • Your Electronic Warehouse
  • Justice Publishing
  • 9th and York Gallery

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