Shenandoah U. to host Entrepreneurship Week

Shenandoah University is participating in Global Entrepreneurship Week this week by hosting a series of business mixers and lectures open to the public and students.

The Harry F. Byrd School of Business will host the lectures and networking sessions at Halpin Harrison Hall’s Stimpson Auditorium at 600 Millwood Ave., Winchester.

Faith Power, an assistant professor of business at the university, said Entrepreneurship Week is a way to inspire students and the public to pursue their ideas.

“I think a lot of people see people with these titles, like CEO, and think that achieving something like that is out of their reach,” Power said. “But every company has started with one person and one idea. You can make it happen with hard work and know how.”

SU alumnus Nghia Tuan Luong will present on the developments of Ecopark, an $8 billion mixed-use housing and business development he is constructing outside of Hanoi, Vietnam, at 6 p.m. According to Power, Luong is a great speaker for students and the public to listen to about pursuing their business ideas.

“Luong went here, graduated and now he’s taking what he learned and applying it in a huge way,” Power said. “By having people listen to his story, they might be inclined to start thinking about getting their ideas out there.”

His lecture, as will all events, will be preceded by a networking session between local business leaders and SU students. Power said the networking sessions are a way for students to pitch and refine their business ideas.

“I have two classes where students have put together poster boards of their business ideas,” Power said. “By having them present their ideas to experienced business people, they can see what they’re doing right, what they’re doing wrong and may even pick up a mentor.”

At 5:30 p.m. today, Maurice Jones, Virginia’s secretary of commerce and trade, will talk about the economic conditions of the commonwealth and the Shenandoah Valley in particular. Power said bringing Jones to speak makes sense for the focus of this week.

“As a university, we deal with various state agencies every day, so bringing in Maurice makes sense for Entrepreneurship Week,” Power said. “He’s going to be going from the macro level to the micro level, going to areas for development within the valley.”

Mike Danzi, CEO of Legacy Pharmaceuticals, will present on how to finance a new acquisition or venture at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Power said Danzi’s lecture will bridge a gap between the business school and the school of health sciences.

“First, any talk about financing a venture is important because it’s one of the first steps of any business model,” Power said. “But secondly, his position in pharmaceuticals is important because we have a lot of students here who are looking to get into that field.”

On Thursday, “Trading Places,” the 1980s classic movie starring Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy, will be viewed at 6 p.m. Power said showing the comedy is just a way for students to relax.

“They got finals coming up soon, so this movie is just a way to let their hair down a little after a busy week and before an even busier one,” Power said.

Global Entrepreneurship Week was established in 2008 by the Kauffman Foundation to inspire people across the world to pursue their business ideas. As of 2008, organizations in 77 countries have signed on to the event, including in economic powerhouses such as the United States, the United Kingdom, China and Germany.