College of Business Happenings

May 2018

e-week at bgsu!

What a week!  The campus was buzzing with all of the entrepreneurship events going on the week of April 16 - 20.  Here’s a quick recap of the excitement.

The Paul J. Hooker Center for Entrepreneurshipl Hall of Fame Inductees 
 On Wednesday, April 18, Gary Cotshott (’77), Managing Director of GAMA Capital, Ltd.; Mitch McLeon (’85), Chairman and Founder, of ARCOS, LLC;  Decai Sun, Ph.D. (’90), Chairman and CEO, Lightera Corporation and George M Weiss (’63),  Founder of Beechtree Capital  were inducted into the Hall of Fame.  This black-tie event recognized some of the finest talent the College of Business has educated.  Follow the links to learn more about the Paul J. Hooker Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership and these fine individuals.

HatchTonight and The Hatch hatchlings
Students are front and center for this exciting opportunity to pitch their entrepreneurial ideas to a group of investors, seeking funding to get their businesses up and running.  HatchTonight was a ‘pre-event’ kickoff involving over 500 visiting high school students and a panel of experts examining the viability of ideas being presented in The Hatch.  Hatchlings visited and students cheered for the Hatchlings, waving signs and wearing t-shirts in support of their favorites!  Eight ideas were pitched, seeking funding from six Falcon investors.  Want to know more?  Email me for the opportunity to view a recording of the event in your classroom now.

seboSEBO Series in Entrepreneurship and Leadership 
The week concluded with the largest entrepreneurship conference held in the Midwest, with nearly 600 entrepreneurs in attendance.  High school students were also in attendance, learning the intricacies of leading edge marketing, innovation and making the most of a new company start-up from keynote speaker, Jim Stengel, President and CEO of The Jim Stengel Company.

National Student Organization Conferences

So much goes into wrapping up a school year, including national student organization conferences taking place in April (DECA), May (BPA) and June (FBLA).  We would like to share your stories – travel, competition, successes and challenges – with our national readers, as well as pictures. Send me experiences and photos now to be included in the upcoming newsletter.

The Business District Learning Community

The Business District is a residential learning community where freshmen business students live and interact with each other.  One of their recent activities included a weekend trip to Washington, DC.  Students who participate in a learning community tend to experience a smoother transition into university life, earn higher grades and are more likely to graduate. 


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apply now!

If you are currently a junior – don’t delay!  BGSU is now accepting applications for Fall 2019.  Students can apply online at or through the Common Application.  You'll just need to have your final junior transcript sent at the end of this year.  Wouldn’t it be great to start the summer knowing you’ve already been admitted to BGSU?   

Just a quick note – there is selective entrance into the College of Business(CoB) at BGSU and the Dean of the college sends letters to everyone applying to the business program, indicating if they have been admitted.  Although the University will begin admitting students in June, the CoB will not begin sending admit letters until August as we are busy enrolling the new students for fall, 2018.

Graduating Seniors

There are a couple of items you will want to finish soon – no matter where you plan to attend college:

  1. Sign up for orientation.  At BGSU it is called SOAR.

  2. Are you taking courses for college credit? (CCP, PSOE, Post-secondary credit).  Contact the community college or university that is issuing the credit and ask them to send your final transcript to the school you will be attending in the fall.  Getting this taken care of NOW will make registering for your fall classes much easier when you attend orientation.

Completing the First Year!

The Fall class of 2017 has almost made it – completed their first year of college!  Can you imagine what the end of your first year of college will look like?  If you interview any member of the first-year class, they will tell you they have changed in the past year. Zach worked hard to maintain a high gpa while becoming a Student Ambassador for the college. Katie volunteered over 50 hours for the CBA and is an active member of two student organizations. Abigail participated in the marching band and Business District learning community.  Adriana is busy planning a semester studying abroad. Kayleen and Colton have completed training to be Peer Leaders for current high school seniors who will be joining the college in August.  What a difference a year makes!

Planning a Visit this Summer?

Be sure to let the CoB know when you are visiting campus.  We would be happy to visit with you and your guests, bringing you up to date on the possibilities that await YOU here at BGSU!  Just send me an email ( and we’ll set a time.

Additionally, the CoB hosts information sessions on most Mondays and Fridays at 1 p.m.  You can register to attend these when you make your campus visit reservation, or simply join us if you are here on campus at that time.

We also prepare a gift bag for all prospective business students taking the time to visit the college during their campus visit.  Be sure to stop by the business building, room 253, to say, “Hi!” and receive your gift – it’s worth the trip!