Raja_smallAs part of his efforts to raise awareness about entrepreneurship at Columbia College, Raja Bhattacharya, director of the Steven and Barbara Fishman Center for Entrepreneurship, recently spoke with students, staff and faculty from the Fort Leonard Wood and Rolla campuses. Bhattacharya presented on the services the Fishman Center has to offer such as private consultation, mentoring, internship information and resource identification for starting or cultivating an existing business. These services are available to Columbia College students, faculty and staff as well the entrepreneurial community.

“We want to make Columbia College a destination for student entrepreneurs,” Bhattacharya said. “Let us help you make your idea a reality.”

The Entrepreneurship major and minor prepares students to apply business skills starting with innovation, new ventures, risk assessment and managing and financing their own start-up business. Bhattacharya also reminded students about the upcoming Student Business Pitch Competition, which will be held on April 25, 2016 in Bixby Hall at the Columbia College main campus in Columbia, Missouri. This competition allows Columbia College students or teams to pitch their innovative business ideas before a panel of judges for a chance to win startup capital.

The first place winner receives $5,000; second place receives $3,000; third place receives $1,000 and the audience choice will receive $1,000. Applications for this event are due by Friday, December 4. If you are a current student and want to know more about the entrepreneurship major, please meet with your academic advisor or contact the Fishman Center by phone at (573) 875-3175, via email at fishmancenter@ccis.edu or click here to visit the Fishman Center website.