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Three Emphasis Areas


Are you interested in starting your own business? Our entrepreneurship emphasis covers all the core business areas from developing business ideas, business form and operations- but is designed to fit the special needs and interests of small business and entrepreneurial endeavors. 

Human Resource Management

Behind every business there is the department that ensures quality employees are hired, compensated fairly, trained accordingly and provided with the appropriate benefits and safety regulations to keep the operation running at its best. With an HR emphasis, students emerge ready to take on a wide variety of responsibilities within the HR field.

Operations Management

Operations management sits at the core of production and service. Here, students learn how to design and control production and service processes to ensure the business is running efficiently. In this emphasis, students will learn about project management, productivity and quality management within an organization. 

Hands-On Learning

Idaho Entrepreneurship Challenge

The Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge is a competition where students from all colleges in the University work with the CoB's Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (CEED) to develop a business plan for an innovative product or service idea. Once completing a business plan, these student groups create a 60 second pitch for their idea and present to a panel of high-level judges in Boise. If selected, students will compete in a "Shark Tank" style challenge against students from schools across the state to win cash from the $100,000 in prizes available. ISU students place very well in the competition.

Collaborative Research and Writing

This unique course gives students the opportunity to research, write and publish a book on the history of local and influential businesses. Honors students from all colleges on campus can participate in the project, gaining invaluable experience and finishing as published authors. Recent books have included:

Images of America: Garrett Freightlines | The Campus History Series: Idaho State University | The History of the Idaho State Journal

Small Business Consultation

This course allows students to work with a senior consultant in the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to engage with and help actual businesses in the community with complex consultation issues such as developing financial, business and marketing plans.  

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