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Walsh University Partners with the Stark Entrepreneurship Alliance to Aid Local Entrepreneurs

What's New, 2013-11-13

Walsh University has partnered with the Stark Entrepreneurship Alliance (SEA) to provide resources to help entrepreneurs succeed. The SEA is a collaborative initiative providing assistance to companies who are developing new businesses into successful enterprises. The SEA also works with potential entrepreneurs who demonstrate the solid potential to start a new venture. SEA brings together a depth of skills and knowledge from local experts who are resources in business and academics as well as providing access to potential funders of entrepreneurial ideas.

According to the NYT.com "Creating jobs by creating companies is the new trend when coming out of college in an economy where much of the new employment may be generated on the entrepreneurial level". Couple this with Wi-Fi, the Internet, smart phones, social media and e-commerce, and it is understandable why entrepreneurship has grown rapidly over the past decade. "What is good about targeting business startups is that if we can help those entrepreneurs in our own back yard then the whole community benefits from the jobs they create and these efforts boost the local economy," said Walsh's Director of Economic Alliances Ron Manse.

The partnership with the Stark Entrepreneurship Alliance reflects Walsh University's mission to support the development of entrepreneurial activity in Stark County. This includes the nurturing of start-up businesses as well as the growth and improvement of existing enterprises, with an ultimate objective to create new employment opportunities and economic growth in the region and for Walsh students to contribute to an entrepreneurial culture.

"I think it is Walsh's role to help foster entrepreneurial spirit and we can bring many resources to SEA," says Manse, adding "The experience our professors have in global business, accounting, management and leadership, and marketing is very expansive and these are insightful resources for businesses to utilize." In turn, SEA can help with things like business consulting, managerial guidance, funding, recruiting, legal advice, product development or other resources," says Manse. Even 'incubation' space can also be secured from some of the SEA partners.

The Stark Entrepreneurship Alliance brings together a diverse group of organizations that share the goal of the success and economic development of businesses in Stark County. In addition to Walsh University, partners include the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, JumpStart Inc., the Small Business Development Center at Kent State University Stark, Stark Development Board, Stark State College, Technology Accelerator Alliance, University of Mount Union, and ystark! The SEA is supported by the Stark Community Foundation and AEP Local Economic Assistance Program (LEAP) grant. Entrepreneurs who desire the assistance of the SEA can find more details as well as an application for assistance at http://www.starkentalliance.com/.