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UH Manoa Shidler College of Business offers a new undergraduate major in entrepreneurship

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Dolly Omiya, (808) 956-6902
Shidler College of Business
Posted: Apr 21, 2009

HONOLULU — The University of Hawaiʻi Board of Regents (BOR) recently approved a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) major in entrepreneurship at the UH Mānoa Shidler College of Business beginning this fall.

The new entrepreneurship program is designed to prepare future entrepreneurs with the skills and knowledge to start their own businesses by identifying opportunities, evaluating financial feasibility, understanding service delivery and production schedules, and formulating marketing strategies for new products and/or services.

"Our mission is to develop a culture that embraces creativity, seeks different perspectives and pursues new opportunities," said V. Vance Roley, dean of the Shidler College of Business. "The entrepreneurship degree will focus on developing well trained individuals to help grow and diversify Hawaiʻi‘s economy through commercial opportunities."

According to John Butler, professor and director of the Family Business Center of Hawaiʻi, the local business community has been extremely supportive of the College‘s efforts to increase both its entrepreneurial offerings and community outreach.

"The College has received gifts to fund two endowed entrepreneurial chairs and Shidler‘s Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship (PACE)," said Butler. "In addition, local entrepreneurs and venture capitalists continue to share their time by serving as mentors, teaching courses, participating as guest lecturers and serving on the PACE board. They also sponsor the UH Business Plan Competition and fund students‘ travel to participate in business plan competitions on the mainland and abroad."

Currently the Shidler College of Business offers majors in Accounting, Finance, Human Resource Management, International Business, Management, Management Information Systems and Marketing. The entrepreneurship major is open to all students admitted to the Shidler College of Business. In addition to the required business core courses, students interested in acquiring a BBA in entrepreneurship must complete 15 credit hours with a C or better including MGT 320 Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship, FIN 341 Financial Aspects of New Venture and MKT 372 Marketing for New Ventures.

For more information, visit the program's webpage.

About the Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Established in 1949 as the College of Business Administration, the College was named in 2006 after alumnus Jay H. Shidler, founder and managing partner of The Shidler Group. The Shidler College of Business is renowned for its expertise in international management education and is ranked among the nation's top 25 graduate schools for international business by U.S.News & World Report in 2008. Long recognized for its Asia-Pacific focus, the College is a professional school, offering a wide variety of degree, certificate and executive programs. The College places a strong emphasis on the development of management skills, entrepreneurship and the management of business information technology. The UH Shidler College of Business is the only graduate program in the State of Hawaiʻi accredited by AACSB International. For moreinformation, visit

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