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Entrepreneurship majors collaborate on projects inside the lobby of the Sidhu School of Business at Wilkes University

Students in the Entrepreneurship major of the Jay Sidhu School of Business and Leadership will experience the creation and recognition of opportunities, develop those opportunities, act on opportunities, create value, and give back to society.

Entrepreneurship Students in a classroom.Students in the entrepreneurship major of the Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and Leadership create and recognize opportunities, develop and act on these opportunities, create value, and give back to society. Sidhu students begin this process in the first year when student teams conceptualize, design and operate their own businesses. Exposure to business tasks builds during the next three years and culminates with the completion of a senior capstone and experiential course.
The Sidhu School faculty have designed a program to enhance the development and nurturance of emotional intelligence and leadership potential in our undergraduate students based on the faculty’s own experiences with the qualities of a successful businessperson. For example, Dean Jeffrey Alves has been involved in the launch and growth of five start-up companies. As an entrepreneur, he was immersed in nearly every area of managing a business. This major integrates mentoring, innovation and entrepreneurial processes.

Entrepreneurship students understand basic theories, concepts and processes in entrepreneurship, apply knowledge from the functional areas of business to new situations and strategies, demonstrate the ability to question, assess and integrate information, and demonstrate competence in a specific area of     entrepreneurship, both orally and in written work. They have the opportunity to be involved in developing new products, contribute new perspectives and innovation for existing organizations, and create personal     and professional value in their communities.

The Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and Leadership is proud to announce the transformation of the 80,000 square-foot University Center on Main building into the new state-of-the-art business school.  The $3 million renovation incorporates ideas from faculty, staff, students and administration. A financial market trading room simulates a New York Stock Exchange trading floor, complete with an electronic stock ticker. Seven smart classrooms, faculty offices, meeting rooms for students and student club space allow plenty of room for collaboration and projects.

Our graduates have presented at a number of conferences and have conducted countless research projects. Some consist of:

  • “Women Leaders and Humility,” resented at the Women's and Gender Studies Conference, “Women, Leadership, and Power” at King’s College in April 2013, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
  • “Cross Cultural Perspectives on Humility and Leadership,” presented at the Global Landscapes Conference/The Institute for Public Policy and Economic Development's Interdisciplinary Research Symposium at King’s College in April 2014, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
  • “Common Patterns in Leadership Studies Introductory Courses: Exploring Course Content,” presented at the McDonough Leadership Conference in April 2013 at Marietta College, Marietta, Ohio.
  • “The 'H' Factor: Humility and Good Leadership,” presented at the McDonough Leadership Conference in April 2014 at Marietta College, Marietta, Ohio.
  • “Women in Real Estate,” presented at the Women’s and Gender Studies Conference, “Revolutionary Women,” Wilkes University, March 2014.

 Recent students have interned with:

  • Target
  • Wal-Mart Corporate Office Headquarters
  • Sam’s Club
  • Geisinger Health System
  • Small Business Development Center
  • Wilkes University Office of Admissions
  • Digital Engagement Team
  • College Works Painting
  • Universal Line Painting
  • Osterhout Free Library
  • Artistic Toys

Graduates have found career success in tech start-ups, sales organizations, retailing, and corporations such as real estate and advertising companies. Some graduates start their own businesses or help with family organizations. Current employers include:

  • Kraft
  • Target
  • Wal-Mart Corporate Office Headquarters

The Bachelor of Business Administration in Entrepreneurship program of the Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and Leadership is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs.