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College of Business Receives Prestigious Coleman Foundation Grant

Frostburg State University College of Business has received a Coleman Foundation Grant under the Entrepreneurship Excellence in Teaching Colleges Program. The grant proposal, entitled “The Trident Initiative: Pathways to Entrepreneurship Education,” was submitted in November last year by FSU professors Keramat Poorsoltan and Sudhir Singh. The award of $150,000, over a period of 3 years, will be used for the expansion of entrepreneurship education programs.

Entrepreneurship Excellence in Teaching Colleges is a national program supporting entrepreneurship education in colleges and universities with underserved populations. The foundation is focused on the creation of cutting edge programs, the education of young people and building a foundation for economic growth and development.

The funds are going to be used for the development and implementation of the entrepreneurship program expansions on the FSU campus. FSU will engage in opportunities for professional development and the furthering of entrepreneurship education through sharing lessons learned through other programs, including participation in the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) membership and its annual conference.

According to Poorsoltan, “The Trident Initiative is an organic effort at simultaneously stimulating research into issues of importance to regional small businesses, kindling in students of all disciplines a spirit of entrepreneurship and enhancing practical entrepreneurship education, and showcasing the best ideas and practices.”

“This initiative is far-reaching in scope and will draw upon the best talents of all sections of the region’s population -- students, faculty and businesses,” adds Singh.

This highly competitive grant is awarded only to schools with existing entrepreneurship programs who have strong plans for program expansion, cross-campus outreach and community involvement.

For more information or how you or your business can participate and contribute in this exciting collaborative venture, call Dr. Keramat Poorsoltan at (301) 687-7498.

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