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MOBI Newsletter - Summer & Fall 2023
Welcome to the quarterly MOBI newsletter for Summer and Fall 2023. Each quarter we reach out to our alumni and readers to share important highlights from Santa Clara University’s MOBI program. We hope you will enjoy these updates and continue your relationship with MOBI on your path toward entrepreneurship!
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Thank you from MOBI!
A note from MOBI Executive Director Drew Starbird, Ph.D.
Dear MOBI Students, Alumni, and Readers,
If you are a long-time subscriber, you know that the My Own Business Institute is continually striving to bring you the best in accessible, understandable, and actionable curriculum through our free online business courses to inspire and empower your dreams of business ownership.
It was a busy summer for MOBI as we updated three sessions for our courses. These include: Choosing the Right Business, Financing the Business, and Communication Tools, all of which are now published on our site and learning management system. In each of these sessions you will find new information to support your entrepreneurial journey!
We have also been working on something very special, and we can’t wait to share it with you! This new offering from MOBI will make our curriculum even more accessible to aspiring entrepreneurs around the world. Stay tuned for more information through our social media channels and this newsletter.
Lastly, we were very honored to have SCU’s Leavey School of Business Dean, Ed Grier, offer his congratulations to MOBI and our partner the Bluefield WV Economic Development Authority (BEDA) for an award we received together in September from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). Head over to our website to watch his video and read below for more on this special recognition.
We send our best wishes for good health and business success to all our MOBI students, alumni, partners, readers, and friends!
Drew Starbird, Ph.D.
MOBI Student Success
We are so proud of the accomplishments of our MOBI students around the world. Each quarter we will share the story of one MOBI entrepreneur. This quarter we feature Drumdandie, founded by best friends in South Carolina Rhoda Drummond and Sandie Vaccaro.
Should I Start a Business: Why MOBI and Why Now?
Business Insider reported that 5 million new business applications were filed in the U.S. in 2022, indicating that entrepreneurial spirit is going strong. MOBI Executive Director Drew Starbird, Ph.D., lends his perspectives on recent entrepreneurship data, trends, and what sets MOBI apart from other entrepreneurship education programs in a new Q&A MOBI blog post.
Click here to read: "Should I Start a Business: Why MOBI and Why Now?"
What Licenses & Permits Are Needed to Start a Business?
Not sure what permits or licenses you might need for your business? Be sure to read MOBI’s new blog post, “What Permits or Licenses are Needed to Start a Business?” You’ll learn about tax ID numbers, business licenses, licenses and permits for a business location, a home-based business, a specific profession, as well as when a federal license or permit might be required and where you can go for more information.
Click here to read full blog post.
Do you have a hobby that you’d love to turn into a business? In September our Instagram channel, @scu_mobi, featured a “DIY Business: 30 Tips in 30 Days” campaign providing helpful ideas for networking, sales, marketing, and more! Check out the full list of tips here on our website. For more inspiration, read our Drumdandie success story mentioned above to learn how Rhoda Drummond and Sandie Vacarro turned their passion for yarn art into a new business venture.
MOBI partners are an important part of the MOBI program! By forming partnerships with diverse communities of students around the world, MOBI can inspire entrepreneurship in ways that best meet the specific opportunities of each group, and always for free. This quarter we feature the National Business Association (NBA). We extend our gratitude to Ken Yancey, Board Member, National Business Association, for providing this MOBI Partner Spotlight.
The National Business Association (NBA) is a not-for-profit association, committed to assisting entrepreneurs and small business owners in all stages of their business. For over 35 years the NBA has served business owners by supplying updated benefits, resource materials, tools, and support programs that help them achieve their goals.
Why you chose MOBI? We are huge fans of Mr. Holland, his story and success as an entrepreneur. By creating MOBI, he has provided existing and future entrepreneurs with tools and training that will educate and motivate them in their own entrepreneurial journey. We are pleased to promote and endorse Mr. Holland’s legacy through MOBI.
The NBA has served existing and aspiring small business owners for more than four decades. Offering the MOBI curriculum is consistent with our efforts to help cultivate successful small businesses. The MOBI curriculum is relevant and easily accessible for anyone interested in gaining knowledge and developing their skills in the small business arena. The NBA is honored to become a MOBI partner.
How is MOBI making a difference for your students? Partnering with and promoting MOBI and its curriculum is one of many ways that the NBA fulfills its mission “to cultivate successful small businesses by connecting them to reliable resources and tools that meet their needs.” The entrepreneurs that we guide to MOBI will gain important knowledge and skills as well as improving their chances of success.
Visit our Partnerships Page for more information, to submit a Partnership Request, to view some of our inspiring partners, or to view our Partner Category Comparison Chart.
Here are some events from the past few months.
BEDA Food Truck Ribbon Cutting
On September 27 MOBI partner BEDA cut the ribbons on its two new food trucks, purchased with grant funds as part of its Food Truck Incubator program. Participants are required to complete the MyBluefield Entrepreneur’s Bootcamp featuring MOBI’s curriculum as part of the program. MOBI’s Trish Kalbas-Schmidt attended the ribbon cutting event in Bluefield, West Virginia. Read more in BEDA’s press release here.
Leavey School of Business Dean Rings NYSE Closing Bell
In honor of the Leavey School of Business’s 100th anniversary, Dean Ed Grier rang the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) closing bell on Thursday, July 27. Joined on stage by notable Leavey School of Business faculty, alumni, and trustees, the bell-ringing marked a rare opportunity for an educational institution and a momentous occasion in Leavey’s centennial celebration, symbolizing a century of excellence, growth, and innovation in business education. Visit the press release to learn more and for a link to a YouTube video of the event .
Santa Clara Begins 2023-2024 Academic Year
Santa Clara University resumed classes on September 18, welcoming 1,568 first-year students selected from 18,844 applicants, the largest applicant pool to date. The 2027 class includes students from 41 states, 34 countries or regions across the world, and a record number of Latiné/x students. Read more about the class of 2027 in this press release. Additionally, U.S. News & World Report recently ranked SCU in a tied position for 13th in the Undergraduate Teaching Programs. To view other SCU rankings, visit this news release online.
MOBI highlights one theme every week on our social media platforms. We post blogs, videos, lists, and articles on a variety of topics relevant to aspiring entrepreneurs. Based on reader activity, here are some top stories from the past quarter.
Boost Sales During Summer Slowdown with These Tips
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How to Use AI in Your Digital Marketing Strategy
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Should I Start a Business: Why MOBI and Why Now?
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Thank you for reading!
We wish you good health and all the best in business success!
The MOBI Team
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