Small businesses employ slightly more than half of Americans, and the college is reaching out to future entrepreneurs.

The new minor in entrepreneurship will give students greater insight into cultivating their ideas and growing and maintaining them in a global business market.

The college’s program keeps Valpo competitive with other universities and colleges that have begun entrepreneurship programs of their own in recent years.

The minor program takes students through principles and concepts of new business creation, complements minors in all of Valpo’s colleges, and gives students — many of whom will work for a startup or other small business in their lifetimes — a clearer look at job opportunities they might never have known existed. The guidance hardly would end in a classroom; the proposed program would require students to examine prospects for new business plans or small business growth right here in Valparaiso and Porter County.

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