Economic Self-Reliance Center News

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  • Competition Promotes Social Entrepreneurship Monday Jul 19 2010

    BYU’s Social Venture Competition (SVC) is designed to have students apply their entrepreneurial skills to solve social problems. The winner of this year’s $10,000 grand prize is helping people around the world get back on their feet—in more ways than one.

  • BYU Center for Economic Self-Reliance Named for Melvin J. Ballard Tuesday Apr 13 2010

    Brigham Young University President Cecil Samuelson announced the naming of the Melvin J. Ballard Center for Economic Self-Reliance, which is housed at the Marriott School of Management. The naming recognizes Ballard's contributions to the welfare system of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

  • Social Entrepreneurship Interns Dangle Carrots to Do Good New internship program offers unique opportunities Monday Mar 15 2010

    The wisdom of the ages sets forth two ways to make a donkey walk forward: hit its backside with a stick, or dangle a carrot in front of it. Consumer activists tend to use sticks, such as lawsuits, protests and boycotts, to persuade companies to be socially responsible. But as part of a new internship program, five students at Brigham Young University decided to experiment with carrots —mobs of them.

  • Students for Social Entrepreneurship's Internship Program Provides Practical Experience Tuesday Feb 09 2010

    How do you actively engage students in a field of study that most know little about? That's the question married BYU students Curtis and Misty Lefrandt asked themselves early last year when they founded Students for Social Entrepreneurship.

  • Social Innovators Converge in Economic Self-Reliance Conference Monday Oct 26 2009

    Individuals and organizations interested in eliminating poverty worldwide will meet at Brigham Young University for the 12th annual Economic Self-Reliance Conference Nov. 5–6. The BYU Center for Economic Self-Reliance will host the event at the BYU Conference Center and invites researchers, practitioners, faculty and university students to participate.

  • Marriott School Students Ramp up Experience to Compete Friday Sep 11 2009

    It's a dog-eat-dog world out there, and many college students wonder how they'll survive in an increasingly competitive job market. But this summer, hundreds of students at Brigham Young University's Marriott School of Management equipped themselves with skills to get ahead by interning for some of the biggest names in business.

  • BYU Grad Students Use Break to Help Small Businesses MBAs and MPAs consult with social entrepreneurs in six countries Monday Jul 20 2009

    Instead of getting an early start on summer boating or hiking, more than twenty Brigham Young University MBA and MPA students spent their free time improving small businesses around the world.

  • Tipping Bucket Wins 2009 Social Venture Competition Friday May 29 2009

    To most people, one dollar might seem like a drop in the bucket, but for The Tipping Bucket, every dollar brings a social entrepreneur closer to his or her goal of implementing positive change.

  • Students Jump On Boards Marriott School students serve with local nonprofits Friday Jan 16 2009

    A new program at Brigham Young University is giving graduate students the chance to become board members of nonprofits in Utah Valley.

  • When innovation hurts: BYU study shows overseas franchises should stick to the plan Monday Jan 05 2009

    Innovating a franchise to fit local conditions may actually lead to less growth, shows a new study from Brigham Young University's Marriott School of Management.

  • Alumnus Leads Sustainable Development in Mozambique Thursday Sep 04 2008

    An innovative self-help program engineered by Marriott School graduate João Bueno, recently reached the 10,000-person milestone as it aims to alleviate poverty and improve the quality of life in villages throughout Mozambique.

  • Professor Awarded Grant to Study Family Businesses Wednesday Jun 25 2008

    BYU entrepreneurship professor W. Gibb Dyer received a $5,000 grant from the Family Owned Business Institute to study how owning a business affects family relationships. “This is a very exciting research study to be involved in,” Dyer says. “I believe it’s going to have a significant impact in the field of family science.” Beginning May 1, 2008, Dyer and his son Justin will serve one-year FOBI Research Scholar appointments.

  • India Hotel Plan Wins 2008 Social Venture Competition Friday Jun 20 2008

    A group of BYU students is one step closer to building self-sustainable schools in India after winning the 2008 Social Venture Competition — which includes a $10,000 award to fund their goal. Established in 2004 by the BYU Center for Economic Self-Reliance, the Social Venture Competition is designed for students who, through a business venture, are combating social issues in areas such as healthcare, poverty and education.

  • Gary Cornia Named Dean of BYU’s Marriott School of Management Replaces Ned C. Hill Wednesday May 28 2008

    Brigham Young University Academic Vice President John Tanner announced the appointment of Gary C. Cornia as the new dean of the Marriott School of Management. Cornia, the Stewart Grow Professor of Public Management, has been serving as director of the school’s George Romney Institute of Public Management since 2004.

  • Entrepreneurship Professor Named 2008 Outstanding Faculty 19 Recognized for Contributions to the Marriott School Wednesday Apr 23 2008

    The Marriott School of Management honored W. Gibb Dyer with its 2008 Outstanding Faculty Award, the highest faculty distinction given by the school. The award was presented at a banquet March 28 where 11 other individuals and seven retiring professors were recognized for significant contributions to the school.

  • BYU Finance Web Site to Assist in Planning Friday Jan 11 2008

    During every transition of life, personal finances play an influential role in deciding goals for the future. In an effort to provide families and individuals with the tools and resources necessary to obtain financial freedom, the Marriott School of Management has introduced a personal finance Web site designed to help users at every stage of financial knowledge.

  • Ground Broken for Tanner Building Addition Monday Apr 30 2007

    The planned addition to the N. Eldon Tanner Building is officially underway after ground was broken on the campus of Brigham Young University April 25. The groundbreaking ceremony was conducted by President Cecil O. Samuelson, with Elder W. Rolfe Kerr of the Seventy and Commissioner of Church Education, presiding over activities.

  • Economic Self-Reliance Center Introduces New Publication Friday Nov 03 2006

    In its continued effort to provide new research information and strategies to a worldwide audience, the Economic Self-Reliance Center has released a new publication, ESR Review. The magazine, which takes the place of the center’s previous publication, the Journal of Microfinance, addresses the general topic of economic self-reliance, where the previous journal dealt mainly with the issue of microfinance.

  • KAM Wins Business Plan Competition Tuesday Apr 04 2006

    KAM Accelerometer, Inc., a company touting an electronic personal fitness device that measures expended kinetic energy, walked away — make that ran away — with first place at Brigham Young University’s annual Business Plan Competition. A panel of business and venture capital professionals awarded KAM $50,000 in cash and in-kind services for the March 31 victory.

  • 2006 Business Plan Competitors Spar for Grand Prize Friday Tuesday Mar 28 2006

    More than $100,000 in cash and business services are up for grabs Friday as judges pick the most promising new enterprises at Brigham Young University’s Business Plan Competition. The final event, where one of three final teams will walk away with the grand prize valued at $50,000, will take place at 2 p.m. in room 140 of BYU’s Joseph Smith Building.

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