Learn the Essentials of Entrepreneurship at UC Clermont


Catalyst information on courseUC Clermont is proud to offer myriad educational opportunities to its students. This semester, the college offered ENTR 2001, Essentials of Entrepreneurship, which had previously only been taught at the Carl H. Lindner College of Business. UC Clermont adds a unique twist to this class by making it a hybrid course; students complete a significant portion of the classwork online and attend lecture once a week on Thursdays from 9:30 A.M. to 10:50 A.M. in McDonough 145. This three-credit hour course covers such topics as social responsibility, technology and innovation, and knowledge integration.

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Professor Rob Rude

Rob Rude is the professor teaching this course. He is a visiting instructor teaching for the pre-sports administration program and is also the Program Coordinator for the Pre-Sports Administration Program at UC Clermont. He is the advisor for P.A.C.E. and coordinates business internships as well. Rude is a three-time graduate from the University of Cincinnati, earning his associate degree in business administration, his bachelor’s degree in business economics, and his master’s degree in applied economics.

He has held multiple positions as an instructor at Strayer University, Brown Mackie College, Thomas More College, and Ivy Tech Community College, and has also worked in the sports industry. World Champion Sporting Goods, World Champion Sports, Diamond Pro Umpires Association, and several other companies have been founded by Rude.

When asked what his motivation was to teach Essentials of Entrepreneurships, Rude stated, “I want to use my experience as an entrepreneur and the knowledge of my network of local entrepreneurs to help the students at UC Clermont pursue their entrepreneurship dreams.” With several business successes behind him, Rude is excited to face the challenge of inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs.

Dave Slyby from DI Sports Group speaks to the class

Dave Slyby from DI Sports Group speaks to the class

In addition to learning from Rude’s experience, Dave Slyby has spoken to the class on his successes in the organization DI Sports Group, discussing various business topics such as marketing and sponsorship. Essentials of Entrepreneurship is also giving students hands-on experience; this class is partnered with the American Cornhole Organization and is helping to develop a tournament in April for students in middle school, high school, and college. Students are also able to participate in the UC Innovation Quest (IQ) Elevator Pitch competition and can apply for the Bearcat Bridge Fund offered at UC’s main campus if they have a unique and well-planned entrepreneurial plan.

The goals of this course are to inform students of the possible benefits and challenges of becoming an entrepreneur, while also giving them knowledge of important concepts in business and equipping them with skills such as decision-making and financial literacy. This course can be used to fulfill requirements for a minor in entrepreneurship and family business, and nicely complements degrees in business fields. By offering Essentials of Entrepreneurship, UC Clermont is helping students gain an education that will benefit them in their careers and make them successful in their future business endeavors.

For more information, contact Rob Rude at ruderd@ucmail.uc.edu or follow his Twitter page @Econ_sport_prof to learn more about the content covered in Essentials of Entrepreneurship.





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Emily Ogle is a senior at the University of Cincinnati with a major in chemistry, concentrating in pre-medical sciences. She keeps herself busy volunteering at Cincinnati Children's Hospital and Crossroads Uptown, working, writing for The Lantern, and getting as involved as possible in campus activities.

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