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Small Business / Entrepreneurship

Students who major in small business/entrepreneurship at St. Kate's want to start their own business or influence the growth and direction of an existing company. They are innovative, persistent risk-takers.

Our rigorous program teaches you core aspects of business, such as accounting and marketing, and important entrepreneurial topics such as product development, business law, start-up funding and product distribution. You also develop the ability to solve ethical dilemmas and stay true to your own convictions. We integrate ethics into every business course — a commitment that has made us a model for universities nationwide.

“My degree in small business/entrepreneurship from St. Catherine offers a big-picture approach to strategic communications planning.”

— Stacey Rammer, senior account executive, Weber Shandwick

Classroom to career

You perform marketing research and prepare marketing plans with real businesses as case studies. In the business policy course, you get to run a business in a dynamic and competitive setting using a computer simulation program that challenges you to think about how finance, marketing, sales and human resources work together.

We offer an innovative "Business Practicum" course that blends a supervised internship with lively classroom seminars designed to improve your communication skills, increase your knowledge of an organization’s goals and reinforce your accountability in the workplace.

Business portfolio and career fair

You start to compile business ideas and a business portfolio during your first year at St. Kate's. The required portfolio comes in handy at job interviews — when you need to prove that you're the right person for the job. St. Kate's Annual Career Opportunities Fair is the largest of any private college or university in Minnesota, with promising possibilities for full-time positions, part-time jobs and internships in business, technology and nonprofit fields.

Real-world mentors

Our faculty are enthusiastic teachers and diligent researchers who regularly collaborate with students on research projects. They have experience in organizations large and small, international and domestic. Associate Professor Mary Henderson was vice president of Musicland and Associate Professor Greg DiNovis was vice president at Eastman Kodak before coming to St. Catherine University.

Thriving business scene

St. Kate's is located in a hotbed of entrepreneurial ventures, nonprofit agencies and Fortune 500 companies. The Business Journals media organization ranked the Twin Cities 12th nationally for small-business creation. Business owners in Minneapolis-St. Paul consistently win Ernst & Young's "Entrepreneur of the Year" awards.

Business professionals ranging from recent St. Kate's graduates to high-ranking executives are often invited to guest lecture or share their professional experiences in classes.

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