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Nurturing the Entrepreneurial Spirit

Because 21st-century students must compete in an innovation-driven economy, the university established an undergraduate major in entrepreneurship that is unique nationally in its interdisciplinary approach. The College of Business Administration operates the Center of Excellence for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation. In the center's Entrepreneurial Lab, students gain professional experience working with area start-ups, family businesses and individual entrepreneurs on projects from feasibility studies to marketing campaigns.

Student-run businesses provide services from canned kumquats to Cannes Film Festival flicks. International students can purchase food, spices and other merchandise that they may miss from home at HOME Markets, located in Acorn Alley in downtown Kent. HOME Markets carries a variety of foods and beverages from China, India and Japan. 

Other student-staffed services include the Tannery, a full-service integrated marketing communications firm, and Glyphix, an award-winning student-staffed graphic design studio, both hosted by the College of Communication and Information.

Student Businesses at Kent State