College of Business Administration


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Fellow entrepreneurs, research colleagues and business and government innovators:

I’m very proud to be the interim director of the College of Business Administration’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation at Kent State University. What began in 2006 as a daring vision has transformed our community and the lives of students and faculty. We have witnessed the creation of an entrepreneurship major and minor, the outstanding success of student-initiated businesses and the well-deserved recognition of the center’s programs by entrepreneurial experts in the region and beyond.

Sergey Anokhin

Interim Director
Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation
(330) 672-1150


Mission and Four Pillars

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Through its cutting edge collaborative research, the Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation at Kent State University advances current understanding of entrepreneurship to guide and engage students, community members, academic researchers and policy makers thus making a positive difference in the entrepreneurial eco-system in Northeast Ohio and the world beyond our network of campuses.


Student Spotlight


Josephine Gilliland is a student entrepreneur, co-founder of Brides on a Dime, a company that keeps costs low for brides-to-be.

Her venture was inspired by her internship at a bridal shop in NYC. She was blown away by the high cost of weddings and wanted to help future brides in her home town.

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Alumni Spotlight


Chris Lintner, a 2012 graduate of the College of Business Administration, is the product marketing manager at Public Insight where he is responsible for the company’s overall marketing management and strategic marketing activities. Lintner has been with Public Insight since its founding and has held other roles within the company where his responsibilities included sales, product management and customer service.

Prior to working at Public Insight, Lintner worked with a telecommunications and network infrastructure company called Tecquiti, where he was responsible for aspects of their marketing and business development efforts. Lintner was also the President and CEO of Laundry in a Flash, a student-run company at Kent State University. While at Laundry in a Flash, he grew sales over 1000% in the course of six months by reworking the struggling business model into one that fitted Kent State’s economic climate.

Lintner is a proud graduate of the College of Business Administration where he holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with focuses in managerial marketing and entrepreneurship. While at COBA, Lintner co-founded an on-campus marketing company where he and the other co-founders marketed off-campus business to students.

Research Fellows


Robert D. Hisrich, Ph.D.

Bridgestone Chair in International Marketing

Research interests include domestic entrepreneurship, international entrepreneurship, international business, new venture creation, entrepreneurial finance, venture capital and growing your firm.

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Michael D. Solomon Entrepreneurship Speaker Series

The Michael D. Solomon Entrepreneurship Speaker Series brings experienced entrepreneurs and educators on campus each semester to share their insights and wisdom. This endowed program is supported by Kent State University Alumnus Michael D. Solomon.



Featured Speaker

Matthew E. Likens, president and CEO of Ulthera, Inc. was the keynote speaker at the Spring 2015 Michael D. Solomon Speaker Series on April 22, 2015 at the Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center.


View Likens's Presentation

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Student Venture Funds

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The Student Venture Funds were established to help support student-initiated businesses that have been approved by the Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation. The Venture Assessment Grant is geared toward students with a proposed business while the Venture Growth Grant in intended for students with a complete business plan that concludes that the proposed business is viable and is committed to launching the venture.

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Donald S. Grant Travel Award and Scholarship

If you are an entrepreneurship major or minor with at least 60 completed hours, you may qualify for this award. You must have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0. The award is split between tuition and travel expenses to be determined by the CEBI director.

James & Phyllis DiFiore Endowed Scholarship in the Center for Entrepreneurship & Business Innovation

For this scholarship, you must be an entrepreneurship major of junior or senior class standing with financial need and at least a 2.5 GPA.

Link's Foundation, Inc. Entrepreneurship Scholarship

This scholarship requires that you be an entrepreneurship major or minor of at least junior class standing (minimum 60 hours) with at least a 3.0 overall GPA. Other considerations include: you must be a US citizen, an Ohio resident, demonstrate financial need and be willing to mentor a high school student.

Ray's Place Scholarship

You will receive first priority for this scholarship if you are an entrepreneurship major and second priority if you are a marketing major. For this scholarship, you must be a full-time junior or senior with financial need, work a minimum of 15 hours a week and have at least a 2.6 cumulative GPA.

Tim Eippert Scholarship for Entrepreneurship

You are eligible for this scholarship if you are an entrepreneurship major and have completed at least 30 credit hours prior to the beginning of the fall semester.

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Student Organizations

Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization (CEO)

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CEO is a student organization that fosters the development of entrepreneurial skills in its members. Sessions are held with outside business leaders, instructors and entrepreneurs who lead lectures, question and answer sessions and workshops to build students' understanding of the entrepreneurial experience. CEO is open to all majors.

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Sigma Nu Tau Honor Society

Sigma Nu Tau Entreprenurship Honor Society is a student organization for accredited universities. Its mission is to be a collegiate honor society that recognizes students, faculty members, and entrepreneurs who have either excelled in the study of entrepreneurship or who are exemplary models of principled entrepreneurship


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Advisory Board

Jim Besselman

VP of Sales
Decision Point

Terri Brunsdon

Brunsdon Law Firm, LLC

Timothy B. Clepper

Sr. VP Financial Advisor
Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

John (Jack) P. Palumbo

Tucker Ellis LLP

R. Louis Schneeberger

Panther Expedited Services

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