Business Innovation Group
The Business Innovation Group (BIG) at the Georgia Southern University College of Business, is committed to developing a vibrant entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem. At BIG, our focus is to provide our students with the skills and training necessary to understand business principles, to experience how businesses operate, and to successfully launch a new business enterprise. BIG includes the Bureau of Business Research and Economic Development, Center for Entrepreneurial Learning and Leadership and the Small Business Development Center.
Bureau of Business Research and Economic Development
The Bureau of Business Research and Economic Development (BBRED) is a division of the College of Business at Georgia Southern University. BBRED plays a vital role as a campus leader in economic development outreach in the 58 county region served by Georgia Southern University. BBRED serves as an essential link between the local, state, national and international business communities and the intellectual and creative resources of the University and the College of Business.
Center for Entrepreneurial Learning and Leadership
The Center for Entrepreneurial Learning and Leadership is a new and developing center for entrepreneurship started at Georgia Southern University in 2008 and it seeks to “contribute to the economic and social well being of Statesboro and surrounding counties through entrepreneurship education and venture creation.”
Small Business Development Center
The Georgia Small Business Development Center enhances the economic well-being of Georgians by providing a wide range of educational services for small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs.
Veterans Business Outreach Center
The Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) provides entrepreneurial development services such as business training, counseling, and mentoring for eligible Veterans owning or considering starting a small business. The VBOC also conducts entrepreneurial workshops including information on business plan development and SBA resources available to help access start-up capital and additional technical assistance.
Center for Forensic Studies in Accounting
Our comprehensive 10-course curriculum positions the School of Accountancy as a national leader in forensic accounting education. The curriculum provides graduates with the knowledge and skills needed to uncover illegal activities such as securities fraud, tax scams, embezzlement, and money laundering.
Center for Sales Excellence
The Center for Sales Excellence was established to support and promote our students in pursuit of Sales and Sales Management careers. The Center is housed within the College of Business, serving business majors through a B.B.A. in Marketing with an Emphasis in Sales and Sales Management. Through the activities of the Center, students gain experience with sales role-play in our 3-room lab, and many go on to compete at the National level in competitions. The Center also works to bring sales students together with many companies who are looking for talent.
Center for Retail Studies
The Center for Retail Studies is located in the College of Business, and is directed by the Department of Marketing. Students interested in retailing can major with a B.B.A in Marketing while having a concentration in Retail Store Management or Fashion Merchandising. The Center aims to merge the gap between academia and practice by exposing students to National Conferences and guest speakers in the retail industry. Students annually attend the National Retail Foundation’s “Big Show” in New York City and the Shop.Org annual summit. In addition, the Center helps facilitate retail internships and career opportunities available to students by hosting guest speakers of retail companies on campus and by assisting retailers’ involvement with Georgia Southern University’s career fair.
Last updated: 5/10/2017