The Small Business Institute Program at UNCG is named Top 3 in Country

The Small Business Institute Program at UNCG is named Top 3 in Country


The Small Business Institute Program in the Bryan College of Business and Economics and the Entrepreneurship Cross-Disciplinary Program qualified in the top 3 Projects of the Year for the SBI Awards in the country.


The Undergraduate Feasibility Analysis submission by students Marilynn Barr (author), Brandi Johnson, Bob McDaniel, Chantha Nie, and Eric Sorber, Dianne Welsh, Project Director,. The Raffaldini Vineyards is the graduate comprehensive submission that placed in the top 3 by students Gordon Trimble, Scott Jordan and Taylor Pittman, Richard Browne and Bonnie Canziani, Project Directors. Dianne Welsh serves as the UNCG SBI Director.

The awards will be presented (1st, 2nd, 3rd place) at the Small Business Institute Annual Conference in Las Vegas in February. We will find out then which award we have won. Bonnie Canziani, Nick Williamson, and Dianne Welsh will be attending.

The Small Business Institute® was formed in 1976 and is the premier organization dedicated to field-based student consulting and outreach to small businesses. Members are actively involved with small businesses, entrepreneurial firms, and organizations in their communities and regions.

The Project of the Year award is a field-based project competition for both graduate and undergraduate students at colleges and universities with a Small Business Institute program. The Small Business Institute has been at the forefront of the experimental learning movement, giving students experience in comprehensive, specialized and business plan projects that are related to actual business problems or opportunities.
Creating economic opportunities through research

Creating economic opportunities through research

Zack Oliver

Zack Oliver conducts research and develops tools to help bring jobs to North Carolina.

Zack Oliver, MA ’12 works as an economist in the Labor and Economic Analysis Division of the North Carolina Department of Commerce.  His work involves the study of economic development in the state, industry-based research, analyzing economic impacts, and involvement with the U.S. Census Bureau’s Local Employment Dynamics (LED) program.

Pursuing a master’s in applied economics was a part of his long-term plan.

UNCG seemed to be the best fit in terms of its excellent curriculum, the cost of education, and the proximity to my family.

Read more at UNCG’s Economics website.

Personalizing Poverty

Personalizing Poverty

Personalizing Poverty

It’s one thing to devote your professional career to studying anti-poverty measures. It’s something else to feed your research to your teenage children.
Unless you’re UNCG economics professor Dr. David Ribar. In a quest to discover if the federal government’s Thrifty Food Plan, designed to help impoverished families stretch their food budget, was realistic, he’s twice enlisted his family to try it out.

You can motivate some really good behaviour with your children by threatening them with turkey cabbage casserole

Ribar said with a smile.

Read more at UNCGNow

Realizing your passion

Realizing your passion


brent-patterson-hsBrent Patterson, a 2009 UNCG Bryan School and Economics graduate found his passion while studying entrepreneurship courses taught by Dr. Dianne Welsh.  Patterson, who began his entrepreneurship courses had a very vague view regarding the topic, but soon realized how much potential this subject matter could offer.  Patterson focused his degree on going into the business world as an entrepreneur by doing research, developing business plans, and developing his ideas before starting his business.

I would have never realized my passion for entrepreneurship without what I learned in my entrepreneurship courses.

In mid 2012 Patterson started Priority Background Solutions, which helps finding background information to help determine risks with an individual during the hiring process, and in a short period of time has over 100 clients in over 20 states.

Patterson believes his success was helped by UNCG, The Bryan School, and the Entrepreneurship courses where he would obtain the skills and knowledge to start his successful business.  That’s Doing Something Bigger Altogether.