Celebrating Significant Milestones!
The 2015-16 academic year marks the five-year anniversary of Sigma Nu Tau's first campaign to offer Sigma Nu Tau charters to universities across the United States! To date, our membership has reached 936 members this fall, and we will induct our one-thousandth member some time during the spring semester! We are also proud to announce that Sigma Nu Tau Entrepreneurship Honor Society will be a sponsor and exhibitor at the 2016 USASBE Conference to will be held in San Diego in January.
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Interested in Starting a Sigma Nu Tau Chapter at your school?
We are pleased to welcome the newest chapters of Sigma Nu Tau at York College of Pennsylvania and University of Iowa, which brings the Sigma Nu Tau family up to 19 chapters! Would your university like to be the first in your state or region to establish a Sigma Nu Tau chapter on your campus? You will gain a competitive advantage by being able to offer special programs and awards to your students!
If you would like to establish a chapter at your university so that you can recognize outstanding students, faculty members, entrepreneurs, and honorary members, please visit our website (sigmanutau.org) and check out our Facebook page to learn more about the process. Or give me a call to discuss it!
Wishing you all well as we ease into fall!
Nancy J. Church
Nancy J. Church, Ph.D.
President and Executive Director
Sigma Nu Tau Entrepreneurship Honor Society
P.S. Does your school have any news that you would like us to include in our e-newsletter? If so, please send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com post it on the Sigma Nu Tau Facebook page!
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Sigma Nu Tau Welcomes Two New Chapters:
York College of Pennsylvania
University of Iowa
York College of Pennsylvania: 1st Sigma Nu Tau Chapter Chartered in Pennsylvania
On April 10, 2105, York College of Pennsylvania was the first school in Pennsylvania and the 18th school nationwide to receive its Sigma Nu Tau charter. Dr. Jay Azriel initiated the charter petition process and serves as the faculty advisor to the school's chapter. Four students were inducted as charter members at the charter presentation ceremony. Dr. James Csipak, National Sigma Nu Tau Secretary, performed the charter presentation and induction ceremony.
In addition to its entrepreneurship major, York College of Pennsylvania houses the J.D. Brown Center for Entrepreneurship, a Council of Entrepreneurs, a Business Incubator, and they host an Elevator Pitch Competition.
Members and supporters of the newly chartered Sigma Nu Tau chapter at York
College of Pennsylvania - April 10 2015.
University of Iowa: 1st Sigma Nu Tau Chapter to be Chartered in Iowa
On April 24, 2015, the University of Iowa in Iowa City was the 1st Sigma Nu Tau Chapter to be chartered in Iowa and the 19th Sigma Nu Tau chapter in the U.S. In all, 21 students and 2 faculty members were inducted at a ceremony held in the Pappajohn Business Building. Dr. Bob Walker was the driving force behind the establishment of a Sigma Nu Tau chapter. Dr. Nancy J. Church, President and Executive Director of Sigma Nu Tau, presented the charter to Dr. Bob Walker, faculty advisor, and Mr. David Hensley, faculty secretary, and she also performed the charter member induction ceremony.
Over the last 19 years, the number of undergraduate entrepreneurship majors at University of Iowa has grown from 344 to 1800 The University of Iowa was recognized as a National Model Entrepreneurship Program by USASBE. Program offerings include an entrepreneurial club, business plan competitions, mentors, guest speakers such as Daymond John of
Shark Tank fame, and a business consulting program.
University of Iowa charter member induction ceremony - April 24, 2015
We are very pleased to have these fine universities join the Sigma Nu tau family!
Current Entrepreneurship Articles of Interest
"When it comes to launching or expanding your business, there's a good reason why Chicago needs to be on your map."
Labelled "The most American of American cities" by its Mayor, Rahm Emanuel, Chicago is the top destination for young professionals and growing and developing businesses. Even though the diversity in Chicago promotes growth, no single industry accounts for more than 14% of the economy.
With one major international airport and two major interstate highways, Chicago's location puts it not only in the center of the country but also makes it a convenient gateway to the world.
Pro-business policies, low unemployment levels, a diverse B2B economy concentrated on sustainability and innovation has brought over 600 companies to Chicago during the last year, and the city keep growing!
Branded Content. "At the Center of it All,"
Shopify and NYSE Launch the World's Largest Entrepreneurial Competition
Shopify teams up with famous iconic entrepreneurs to host the world's largest entrepreneurship competition. The competition runs from October 1, 2015 to May 31, 2016 on www.shopify.com/build. Entrepreneurs must start an entirely new business and sell their product on the Shopify website in order to participate.
This competition is truly survival of the fittest. The top five stores that sell the most over a two-moth period will travel to New York City to ring The Opening Bell at the New York Stock Exchange. Then they'll be interviewed live by CNBC, followed by a trip to the Oheka Castle (The Great Gatsby mansion) for a five-day retreat including mentorship, personal development, and professional growth. Hard as it seems, participants aren't completely on their own -- The website features special announcements and resources to help contestants along the way.
Entrepreneurial icons who will be present at the mansion include Daymond John, FUBU, Shark Tank; Russell Simmons, Media Mogul, Philanthropist; Mark Hoffman, President of CNBC, and several others. Referring to the competition, Tobi Lutke, CEO of Shopify said, "This year...we want to help anyone with a great idea turn it into a million dollar company in a really short time."
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Mission of Sigma Nu Tau:
"To promote, recognize, honor, and reward academic excellence in entrepreneurship and to encourage and recognize the practice of principled entrepreneurship"
4 Types of Membership:
Sigma Nu Tau Chapters
#1 - SUNY Plattsburgh
#2 - Kent State University
#3 -Belmont University
#4 - California State University-San Bernardino
#5 - Clarkson University
#6 -High Point University
#7 - Claflin University
#8 -Suffolk University
#9 - Middle Tennessee State University
#10 - Baruch College
#11 - John F. Kennedy University
#12 - Rowan University
#13 - Illinois Institute of Technology
#14 - University of Baltimore
#15 - New York Institute of Technology
#16 - The George Washington University
#17 - Husson University
#18 - York College of Pennsylvania
#19 - University of Iowa
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"There's lots of bad reasons to start a company. But there's only one good, legitimate reason, and I think you know what it is: it's to change the world."
-Phil Libin, CEO of Evernote
[Source: Svetkey, Benjamin. "50 Inspirational Entrepreneurial Quotes."
-John Rampton Author, Entrepreneur, Connector. Entrepreneur.com]
"84.7% of consumers cite color as their main reason for buying a particular brand"
"Color isn't the only design element that
communicates with your customer about your brand. Font, spacing between letters and shape also tell your brand story in that instant when a first impression is formed."
[Source: "What the Color of Your Logo Says About Your Company" Catherine Clifford, Entrepreneur Staff, Entrepreneur.com]
Barbara Corcoran started The Corcoran Group in 1973 with $1000 and grew her startup into a $5 billion real-estate empire, which was sold for $66 billion in 2001. When asked what she would have done differently when she was first starting out, Shark Tank's Barbara Corcoran said,
"The opportunities arrive and leave so quickly that they're way too easy to miss. If I hadn't quit my job on a stranger's suggestions the moment I heard it, I would have probably thought about it and not done it. Every great decision I've made in business since was made exactly that way-quickly without any thought. I've learned that thought gets in the way."
[Source:"Shark Tank's Barbara Corcoran: 'All the Best Things Happened to Me on the Heels of Rejection', Nina Zipkin, Staff Reporter, Entrepreneur.com.]
The feeling of going to work to solve problems is in my DNA - the things we are trying to solve now are not the same things we were tackling two or three years ago. That part of being an entrepreneur should never go away.
-Ronaldo Mouchawar, Founder and CEO Soqu
[Source: Follow The Leader: Ronaldo Mouchawar, Founder And CEO, Souq, Fida Chaaban, Editor-In-Chief, Entrepreneur.com]
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Mrs. Diane R. Carroll
Mr. Richard Chase III
Dr. Nancy J. Church
Dr. James Csipak
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(1) Our new student competition
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