Center for Entrepreneurial Development Program at Upstate Pharmacy School Holds First Workshop
In January Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy (PCSP) announced the opening of the Center for Entrepreneurial Development (CED). 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. The first workshop to be offered by the CED was conducted in late February at the School of Pharmacy in Clinton, SC. The workshop, “Developing a Strategy for Success for Your Small Business,” introduced important strategic concepts and practical tips for success. The content included the process of defining the vision and mission of a company, creating a competitive advantage in the marketplace, conducting a SWOT analysis, setting goals and objectives, and defining and implementing a company’s competitive strategy. “I had no idea what to expect from the workshop series but was very excited about the opportunity to participate,” said one of the pharmacy school students. “After attending the first workshop, I am energized and excited about the opportunity of establishing my own business.”
Students participating in the program will take targeted business-related workshops over a four-year period. Workshops will be taught by successful business entrepreneurs who can provide personal insight and application to the subject matter. Instructors for the first workshop were Norman Scarborough, William Henry Scott III Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship at Presbyterian College, and Tobin Turner, cofounder of The Palm and Assistant Professor, Presbyterian College Department of Economics and Business Administration.
Partnering with the City of Clinton, this workshop and future workshops are made available to local members of the community interested in starting a new business. “We are excited about the program and pleased to make it available to interested members of
the community,” said Dr. Richard Stull, dean of PCSP. “Our students are also excited about the program and ready to start developing some of their business concepts.”
Other workshops offered this spring by the center will include: “Building a Business Plan for Your Entrepreneurial Venture”, and “Guerrilla Marketing Strategies”. The workshops are available to pharmacy students participating in the program and community members who sign up via the PCPS website or by contacting the City of Clinton business office. More information is available at pharmacy.presby.edu.
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.