Upstate Pharmacy School Launches Center for Entrepreneurial Development

Greenville, S.C. (February 6, 2012) – At a gala event last week, Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy (PCSP) announced the opening of the Center for Entrepreneurial Development. The pharmacy school, now in its second year, developed the center to provide selected pharmacy students with the opportunity to meet, study and work with successful entrepreneurs. Students participating in the program will take targeted business-related courses over a four-year period. Courses will be conducted in a workshop format and will be taught by successful business entrepreneurs who can provide personal insight and application to the subject matter.

While the School of Pharmacy’s stated mission is Care for the Community, the center goes beyond that of educating pharmacists. Through a partnership with the City of Clinton, the courses will be made available to local members of the community interested in starting a new business. “The center will continue our mission to enrich the community through strategic engagement,” said Dr. Richard Stull, dean of PCSP. The center’s culture of imagination and innovation, together with its emphasis on the success of pharmacy related small business startups, health services innovation, health care products and small business initiatives, provides a great resource to students and members of the local community.

Attending the gala event to launch the center were two nationally recognized entrepreneurs. Chuck Mooty, retired CEO of International Dairy Queen and current owner and CEO of Faribault Woolen Mill, inspired those attending the event with his story of the reopening of the woolen mill which had been closed two years earlier. Mooty’s message to students and others thinking of starting their own business was to “pursue something you are not only good at, but also something you are passionate about.” His venture with cousin Paul Mooty to bring the closed woolen mill, once a cornerstone in the local business community, back to life has gone a long way in the revitalization of the town of Faribault, Minnesota. David Pope, editor-in-chief and creator of CreativePharmacist.com, the HealthyHeartClub.com, Pharmacy Forward, and Market Pharm, an innovative turnkey approach to marketing inside the pharmacy, spoke of the importance of thinking outside the box. “Reject the idea that this is the way it has always been done,” Pope said. “Use your talents and innovation to deliver a service or product to your customer base in a way no other company is doing. This will become your sweet spot.”
Courses offered this spring by the center will include: Developing a Strategy for Success for Your Small Business, Building a Business Plan for Your Entrepreneurial Venture, and Guerrilla Marketing Strategies. Courses are available to pharmacy students participating in the program and community members who contact the City of Clinton office. More information is available at pharmacy.presby.edu and cityofclintonsc.com.

About Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy (PCSP)
Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy (PCSP) is the only pharmacy school in the upstate and serves students from the southeast and beyond. PCSP provides an innovative and holistic learning environment where faculty and students continuously work together to improve pharmacy instruction and practice. PCSP strives to promote diverse, student-centered teaching methods that encourage students to become reflective, adaptive learners. Through its instructional methodologies, PCSP intends to develop students capable of critical thinking, lifelong learning, and ethical decision making. PCSP is committed to fostering in students a sense of caring for their patients in a professional and comprehensive manner. In doing so, PCSP aims to develop honest, devoted pharmacists who strive to make a difference in the lives of their patients and in the local communities that they serve.

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