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Community Development and Applied Economics at the University of Vermont

Community Development and Applied Economics

Community Entrepreneurship

If there was ever a hands-on major/minor, this is it. Community Entrepreneurship instills the foundations of successful enterprise development including strategic business planning, marketing techniques, and market analyses and projections. As entrepreneurship is a vital thread in the fabric of a community, students aquire entrepreneurial skills in the context of social responsibility and healthy community development.

Students gain real-world experience in entrepreneurship in multiple ways. Students become entrepreneurs in the risk-free classroom setting. Or they are partnered with entrepreneurs in the community through courses. And many CEnt students start enterprises of their own in the real world while they are still students or upon graduation.

CEnt Major Requirement Worksheet...

CEnt Minor Course Requirement Worksheet...

CEnt Learning Goals...

  • Learn trans-disciplinary theories, methods, and tools in preparation for starting and managing sustainable and ethical community-based enterprises.
  • Understand the key financial, marketing, and strategic planning concepts needed to manage a community-based enterprise.
  • Engage in service learning opportunities related to owning and operating a community-based enterprise.

CEnt Programs...

CEnt Careers...

  • business ownership and management
  • financial consulting
  • marketing and marketing research
  • telecommunications
  • information technology
  • software support
  • academic professor/researcher

Unique to CEnt...

  • CDAE's award winning Dollar Enterprise course.
  • Community partnerships with organizations like Cabot, Hope for Women, Spectrum Youth Services, Intervale Community Farms, and Shelburne Farms.
  • Interaction with entrepreneurs in our areas.
  • Essential business skills partnered with community ethics.

CEnt Faculty...

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