1st Annual E-Vent Awards
Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Updated: Monday, April 23, 2012 22:04
On April 13, 2012, Sawyer Business School’s Center for Entrepreneurship held their first annual entrepreneurship awards, recognizing current and graduating students, staff and alumni. The program was named one of the top 25 in the undergraduate category in 2008, and is presently supervised by director George G. Moker and co-founder Suzyn Ornstein.
Moker, winner of the ‘Outstanding Sawyer Business School Faculty of the Year’ Award at the Student Government Awards, expressed his gratification with the Class of 2012, particularly their use of the Entrepreneurship Resource Center, which includes computers, workstations, and designed space for students to meet and discuss upcoming research or plans as prospect entrepreneurs.
Business School Dean, William J. O’Neill, stressed the plans of making the Entrepreneurship program a major part of SBS at Suffolk University. With goals of working on the reputation of the curriculum, he hopes to create a sense of pride among graduating students, and to have others look at them and say, “I want to go there.”
With ideas, projects, and research, there are highs and lows to the “unbelievable rollercoaster ride,” said Andy Miller (MSES ’00), founder and CEO of CardStar, Inc. There are many challenges in starting a company, and the first begins with the objective and underlying aims of becoming an entrepreneur.
He often asks students their drive for becoming successful; if the answer is to be rich, “You will fail! Do NOT chase dollars,” Miller points out. Another challenge is often to find the ideal team members for an up-and-coming corporation or proposal. “Think of it as a marriage: you have to get along and have common values.”
Roman Wunderlich (BSBA ’10) spoke of the struggles as a young entrepreneur. He is the Co-founder of SUMOSkinny, LLC, a magazine with “…ultimate guide to college life. Part local, part national, and all college,” according to SUMOskinny.com.
“80% goes back to lessons I learned at Suffolk,” said Wunderlich, “20% is common sense. It’s time to use your common sense.”
“The past year has been incredible,” said Moker, “it’s why we do what we do as faculty.”
Congratulations to the Entrepreneurship graduating Class of 2012, and to the Center for Entrepreneurship for their Passion, Motivation and Dedication.