Business students gather during SouthCoast Entrepreneur Week

Students from UMass Dartmouth’s Charlton College of Business will learn more about the business world during next week’s SouthCoast Entrepreneur Week.

Students will participate in activities across the region that focus on the strength and power of small businesses in our area.

dr Catherine Curran is Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at Charlton College. She kept talking to us Town Square Sunday this week about some of the planned activities and why entrepreneurship matters.

“An entrepreneur is someone who has an idea and takes the initiative to build a business around that idea,” Curran said. “It’s a person who has the drive to succeed and has confidence in their own abilities to succeed.”

Student activities begin Monday in Newport where they will observe a shark tank-Similar experience with ocean entrepreneurs pitching to a panel of investors. They will also take part in a forum on the “Blue Economy”.

On Wednesday, Fall River students visit a soon-to-be-opened community space called Groundworks on Durfee Street. At 5:00 p.m., students participate in a meet-the-maker program hosted by Viva Fall River.

On Thursday, the spotlight turns to New Bedford and the National Park Visitor Center for the unveiling of a new mobile app that provides directions to local restaurants and historic sites in downtown New Bedford.

Later in the day there will be a virtual event aimed at high school students who will hear from two UMass Dartmouth alumni about the art business and making a living as an artist. The event will take place at the Dream Out Studio downtown.

dr Curran ran her own small business for 15 years before selling it. She tells her students that the reward was worth the risk.

“It’s the most rewarding, frustrating, challenging, but ultimately best experience of your life,” she said. “As long as you have good support, people in the community and family to help you face the challenges, it’s worth the risk to go out and see what the world has in store for you.”

The whole Town Square Sunday interview with dr Catherine Curran from Charlton College of Business at UMass Dartmouth can be heard here:

Town Square Sunday is a weekly public affairs program which can be heard on Sunday mornings at 6am on 1420pm and 99.5 FM.

The program highlights individuals and organizations seeking to improve the quality of life in the Greater New Bedford area.

If you want your organization to Town Square Sundayplease email the host at [email protected]

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