Ohio Christian University’s School of Business & Government® hosted the sixth annual Small Business Round Table on Monday, November 14, 2016. The Round Table brought together over eighty OCU students and six business people, most of whom are small business owners. The topic was starting and managing a small business.
During the event, students were able to engage in discussion with the various business people, and ask practical and applicable questions. The business owners emphasized the importance of character, hard work, time management, finding your passion, and discipline as significant aspects of owning your own business. Many students are currently working on business plans for OCU’s annual ten-thousand-dollar Business Plan Competition, which will be held this spring. Therefore, this event was particularly helpful and informative for students in the creation of their business plans.
OCU’s School of Business & Government places a high importance on practical learning, which is why individuals that have been successful in their fields are constantly brought to campus to speak with students.
"The small business round tables offer an irreplaceable insight to entrepreneurship, various aspects of business and mentor opportunities. Every single one has been a valuable asset to my education. I immensely appreciate the OCU School of Business and Government for giving us first hand learning experience from real business owners who share real experience because it doesn't get any better than that."
– Brittany Black, Senior OCU Business Management Major
Business people present at this year’s event were Nicole Salvo-Davis & Erin Thacker, owners of Native Cold Pressed; Becky Mancini, owner of Maggie & Me Fashions; Tony Capuano, franchisee owner of 5 Snap Fitness Locations; and Andy & Sandy Stakley, owners of Stakley Automotive.