Center for Business and Economic Development

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Welcome to the Center for Business and Economic Development! I am Dr Marc Fusaro, the Center's Director. This center exists as an outreach center for the School of Business.

The Center for Business and Economic Development provides research, technical assistance and workforce development services using faculty, staff, and community resources to support and develop entrepreneurship, family businesses, and small and medium sized business (SMEs) as well other organizations in the extended community of the university. 

Recent efforts include the Supervisory Training Program. This is a 21-hour certificate course teaching basic management skills. It is a seven week program, which meets three hours per week. The seven employ seven faculty to cover the following topics: Management, Team Development, Operations, Communication, Leadership, Conflict Resolution, and Employment Law. 

From time to time, faculty of the School of Business provide a variety of consulting services, individually and in concert with others, to a variety of clients, paid and unpaid. This will not change with reactivation of this Center. A focus of this center, however, will be to expand and enhance the paid opportunities. These opportunities may exist with regard to individual or organizational entities or through grants, gifts, research programs or projects provided by government units, foundations or other entities.

We welcome the opportunity to meet and talk with parties interested in ESU training expertise; please email: bizhornet@emporia.edu for more information.