The Center for Excellence in Entrepreneurship & International Business (CEIB) aims to increase economic opportunities for Northern students and South Dakota businesspeople by:
- Driving growth in entrepreneurship and international business, and
- Facilitating enterprise creation and expansion
The center's objective is to seamlessly integrate theory with practice, the way "labs" are integrated into a science class. At the CEIB, students' "labs" may take the form of a startup of their own, an institutionally created (such as a gallery or advertising agency) enterprise or a private startup. In this way, students are intimately involved in the creation or expansion of profitable enterprises, with emphasis on creating multinational entities.
- International Business Studies major and minor requirements
Business Connections is a free speaker series connecting entrepreneurs, small business people and students with regional and national thought leaders on a variety of topics. Business Connections' goal is to stimulate new conversations about starting and growing business in northeast South Dakota.
Business Connections events are held September-November and January-April at the NSU Student Center.
Beth Davis is the president of Dakota Resources
, a statewide, not-for-profit that stimulates financial and human investment in South Dakota communities that are invested in themselves. In her 15 years with the organization, she has raised more than $12 MM in private capital and attracted resources to develop innovative products and services to support rural development, including Dakota Rising
, an entrepreneur development system. Davis previously was a partner in Midwest Mediation and Facilitation, Inc., a conflict resolution firm specializing in business and environmental disputes. Davis was interim director of the Entrepreneur Network for Women and coordinator for the Center for Enterprise Facilitation. she also directed a statewide community health education non-profit organization. Aside from being a social entrepreneur, Davis also started several private business enterprises.
NSU High School Business Symposium
Each fall, high school students from around the region come to Northern to hear enlightening speakers and panelists who describe what students can expect beyond high school regarding higher education and future employment.