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School of Business Center for Business and Economic Development

Providing research, technical assistance and workforce development

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 as other organizations in the extended community of the university. Dr Marc Fusaro is the Center's Director. This center exists as an outreach center for the School of Business.

The Center provides both pre-packaged and customized professional development classes.

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. Seven faculty cover the following topics: Management, Team Development, Operations, Communication, Leadership, Conflict Resolution, and Employment Law.

The Center coordinates the efforts of School of Business faculty by providing a variety of consulting services, individually and in concert with others, to a variety of clients, paid and unpaid. 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.

The Center supports and promotes faculty research projects that inform the practice of business and the economy. In doing this, the Center’s goal is to both promote research and to make it accessible to the business community.

We welcome the opportunity to meet and talk with parties interested in ESU training programs, consulting services, or research output expertise.

Please email mfusaro@emporia.edu or call 620-341-5225 for more information.