September 2013
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The Importance of Entrepreneurship Education and Entrepreneurial Accomplishments!  


   Jerome Katz's  ground-breaking chronology of U.S. entrepreneurship education, which was published in the Journal of Business Venturing ten years ago, highlights just how recently entrepreneurship education was introduced at the college level and how quickly it has spread across the U.S over the past 40 years.  More importantly, it reinforces the notion that entrepreneurship can be taught.


Entrepreneurship is a hot topic  right now!  The number of entrepreneurship academic programs continues to rise, and the number of articles about successful entrepreneurs appears regularly in the business news media.  The variety of courses and entrepreneurial experiences offered by colleges for their students is astounding.  If your school has an exceptional entrepreneurship program feature, let us know and we may do a feature story in our newsletter.


Interested in Starting a Sigma Nu Tau Chapter?


    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 ( to learn more about the process. 
Wishing you a very productive 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 to be included in our e-newsletter?  If so, please send it to me at
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The Second Annual
National Student Entrepreneur-of-the-Year Award Competition
coming up this Fall   
  • Are you a student who is running your own business?
  • Do you think you have applied principled entrepreneurship in creating and operating your business venture?
  • Do you believe you have made an impact on the community?
  • Do you want your business to be known nationwide?

Each year, about 3 million students graduate from colleges or universities seeking jobs, and our highly motivated student entrepreneurs really make a difference in the business world! We want to hear your successful story as a young entrepreneur!


We are excited to announce this year's program and are looking forward to your participation!


For more information about the program and the nomination/application process, please visit our official website or click HERE


You may also check out the inspirational stories from last year's award recipients by clicking HERE.

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Current Entrepreneurship  

Articles of Interest


"4 Tests to Fail-Proof Your Business Idea"

Failure. High risk. Uncertainty. Lack of experience. Entrepreneurs are facing their fears while they are investing in their ideas. In this article, inventor and co-founder of InventRight, LLC, Stephen Key, provides four tests to help you get ready to launch your business on safer ground. Remember the most important question to ask yourself before starting a business is "How ready are you?"

Read the full article, click HERE.

(, "4 Tests to Fail-Proof Your Business Idea," by Stephen Key, August 30, 2013)


"8 Most Business-Friendly Cities"

Besides having a great idea, a fantastic plan, and a group of enthusiastic partners, selecting a perfect location to start up your business should be on your checklist. Having support from the community and government agencies can contribute to your success. In this article, the author summarizes eight of the most business-friendly cities and highlights their culture of embracing business.

Read the full article, click HERE.

(CNNMoney, "8 Most Business-Friendly Cities," by Jose Pagliery, June 20, 2013)


"9 Great Reasons Why You Should Start Your Own Business: Inc."

How would you describe an entrepreneur?  A genius, a loner, a novelist, a gambler, or a boss? When you put stereotypes on entrepreneurs, you may not truly know who they are. In this article, author Steve Tobak is going to debunk the top 10 myths about these successful entrepreneurs, like Mark Zuckerberg. Not talking about him as a Harvard drop-out student, a rich man, or a genius, but as a successful businessman.

Read the full article, click HERE.

(Huffington Post, "9 Great Reasons Why You Should Start Your Own Business: Inc.," by Steve Tobak, August 29, 2013)

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Chapter News

The Claflin University Sigma Nu Tau Chapter will hold "TODAY"- the 2014 Entrepreneurship Business Plan Competition - on February 10, 2014. The competition will award five Claflin University students a total $10,000 in cash prizes for the most innovative business plans.

If you would like your chapter's news in our national newsletter, email us the event description and possible photos or event posters!
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In May 2012, Sigma Nu Tau Entrepreneurship Honor Society was officially approved as a 501(c)3 charitable organization! Part of our mission is to offer valuable programs to our chapters and to our members. These plans include our new National Student Entrepreneur-of-the-Year Awards Program as well as a future scholarship program, business plan competition, and national conference.
We are embarking on our first fund-raising effort and invite each of you to become a "2012-2013 CLUB" CHARTER MEMBER DONOR by making a donation between now and December 31, 2013!   We will be publishing the names of the chapters and the chapter members who make donations in our newsletter (with your permission, of course).
Why not join the '2012-2013 Club' and make a donation of $20.12 or $200.12 or $2012? Donors may direct their donations to support specific programs, such as the National Student Entrepreneur-of-the-Year Awards Program, the upcoming Scholarship Program, and/or Student Competitions in general.  Or you may make an unrestricted gift that will be used where it is needed most!
Be the first person in your chapter to become a '2012-2013 Club' Charter Member Donor by visiting our website to make a donation at:    

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National Student Entrepreneur of the Year Award Competition
Current Entrepreneurship Articles of Interest
Chapter News
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Entrepreneurship Morsels
Sigma Nu Tau Mission
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Did You Know That?


"Entrepreneurs are barrier breakers whose optimistic view of the world combined with their creative thinking has the ability to address even the toughest of challenges, including the government's approach to innovation."




"More than one third of job creation is due to new businesses."




"More than half of the companies on the 2009 Fortune 500 list were launched during a recession or bear market, along with nearly half of the firms on the 2008 Inc. list of America's fastest-growing companies."

(Source: Fast Facts,



"71 percent of Americans see small business as a positive influence. They are viewed more favorably than most institutions."



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