Dordt College News

Business men offer advice to student entrepreneurs

December 1, 2004

They started their own businesses after graduating from Dordt College … and six came back to share what they learned.

Dordt College's FBE Club (Future Business Exectutives) invited alumni entrepreneurs back to campus Nov. 20 to share dinner and advice with business professors and students whom they hope someday may start businesses of their own.

Alumni from Minneapolis, Sioux Falls and Sioux Center spent time with Dordt College business students, sharing both the joys and pitfalls of starting and operating a new business. Businessmen attending included Steven Hall, Jonathan Hall and Tim Brands, Minneapolis; Todd Van Tol, Sioux Falls; and Allan Kramer and Brian Groeneweg, Sioux Center. Entrepreneurs

“Increasingly as a department, we want to encourage entrepreneurship and recognize the contributions of entrepreneurs,” commented Dr. John Visser, Dordt College’s business department chair. Visser noted that Dordt alumni have created some significant businesses from the ground floor up, and these entrepreneurs were willing to share their experience with Dordt’s promising young students.

“Dordt College seems to attract quite a few students with an entrepreneurial spirit,” said Visser. He attributes this to greater exposure to farm enterprises and small town businesses, which offer teenagers increased opportunities to work side by side with private business owners. The business faculty also has a strong interest in small businesses, and five of the seven full-time members of the business faculty members have had an ownership stake or worked in small or start-up businesses.

At the business department dinner, each invited entrepreneur had the opportunity to share about his business, and answer the questions of students. This practical input ties into and supplements what students have learned in the classroom, said Visser.

This fall, Dordt College was named among the top 10 U.S. business colleges in four separate categories by Business Reform Magazine, which deals with today's business issues from a biblical worldview.

One of these categories was “Most Entrepreneurial” and another was the “Most Biblical Curriculum/Focus” category. Under “Most Degree and Course Options” Dordt College was ranked eighth. This year was the first time Business Reform magazine surveyed and researched college and university business programs. The magazine expects to make it an annual tradition.

Students seeking a degree in business administration at Dordt College may choose a an accounting major or a business major emphasizing marketing and management, finance, human resource management, information systems or public administration., with more than three dozen business and economics courses offered. A degree in business education is also offered, as well as a two-year administrative assistant associate degree.

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