Clayton State University is trying to help new and returning students become more successful in their first year at the university.
It is one of the oldest, most prestigious public universities in the country and is a member of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Schools (NACIS).
The NACIS has a partnership with The Clayton Institute, a non-profit that trains students to be more successful.NACISS’s mission is to build a stronger community by empowering students to develop an entrepreneurial spirit.
It’s about building an ecosystem around the success of students and their communities.
So Clayton has a program called the Clayton Business Development Initiative, which provides financial assistance to entrepreneurs through its Clayton Entrepreneurship Challenge.
The Clayton University Business Development initiative has helped over 200 students earn $20,000 each for the first year of their careers.
The goal is to create a better business climate in Clayton, said Jay Marshall, Clayton’s associate vice president of strategic planning.
“We’re trying to provide opportunities for people who have never thought about starting their own business,” Marshall said.
“And we’re also trying to encourage more young people to think about getting into business.”
Marshall said Clayton is not the only community to have a partnership.
The Claymont Chamber of Commerce also works with entrepreneurs.
“Our hope is that we can create an environment where young people, and especially those who are coming from lower-income backgrounds, will feel more confident and empowered to pursue their entrepreneurial ambitions,” Marshall explained.
The program also includes a partnership between Clayton College of Business and the Claymont School of Business, which also has a business incubator program.
Clayton students are eligible to apply to the program.
The goal is for Clayton to have 100 to 150 students with a bachelor’s degree and a business degree in their second year.
Marshall said he wants to encourage people to come to Clayton and become entrepreneurs.
He said the program is not a place for people to just walk in and be successful.
He wants to help young people who want to get into business get there.
The students must first complete a two-week business orientation in which they complete a curriculum on business principles, financial literacy, networking, and personal development.
The program then takes place over two weeks.
They must complete a project-based learning experience in which the students learn skills like project management, sales, customer service, online marketing, and product development.
Students can choose from a range of different skills.
In some cases, they will have to spend an additional week learning a skill like business intelligence, marketing strategy, online sales, and customer support.
Students will be required to take the Claytons Entrepreneursy Challenge, which is a competition in which students must build and submit a business proposal.
Marshall says it is a great way to build your own business.
“I think it’s a good way for people coming into business, for those who want it, to get in touch with those who have already been successful,” he said.
Marshall’s team has worked with some of the first graduates of Clayton.
Claymont student Alex Treadway, who graduated in the fall, is now a consultant in the Claytown business community.
He said he was excited to help Clayton create a program for young entrepreneurs.