Published: November 13, 2009
CLEMSON — As part of its primary mission, Clemson’s College of Business and Behavioral Science engages in numerous outreach services that support individuals and corporations in the pursuit of advanced learning. These include customizable executive education and professional development programs; small business assistance and counseling and expert-led speaking engagements and seminars on topics ranging from leadership to social awareness, entrepreneurship to globalization. The following organizations — which are being are being relocated to one common space in downtown Greenville — work together to fulfill the land-grant and economic development goals of the college.
Clemson Renaissance Center
The Clemson Renaissance Center in downtown Greenville — a unit of the College of Business and Behavioral Science — is the hub for entrepreneurship, experience-based graduate education and a portal to the dynamic Greenville business community. The center enables graduate students and faculty to work directly with area firms, entrepreneurs and leaders in innovative ways that enrich and accelerate learning experiences. The center’s offerings include the Innovation Roundtable speaker series, the Global Issues Briefing speaker series, the China Center speaker series and several large events for the Spiro Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership and the Rutland Institute for Ethics. Since it opened in 2007, the center has hosted more than 20 public events serving more than 2,000 representatives in the business and education sectors.
Arthur M. Spiro Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership
The mission of the Arthur M. Spiro Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership is to support educational, research and outreach programs that promote entrepreneurial activity and economic development of the region, state and nation. The focus is on wealth creation through entrepreneurial activity. The institute was established through a $1.5 million gift from textile industry leader and entrepreneur Arthur M. “Art” Spiro and his wife, Joan. "As corporations have downsized, decisions are being made much closer to the action," he said. "Executives and managers today must act as ‘owner-entrepreneurs’ within the corporate environment."
Clemson Master of Business Administration
Clemson University offers full- and part-time MBA programs to accommodate a variety of students. In both programs, small classes allow optimal student-teacher interaction with learning facilitated through a variety of applied and traditional methods. The range of courses gives students a solid understanding of broad-based business fundamentals and the opportunity to focus on areas of interest. Students also can earn a dual degree by combining their MBA with other graduate degrees offered at Clemson. According to Princeton Review: “Native South Carolinians seeking the MBA will have a hard time beating the ratio of value to quality that they’ll find at Clemson University. Thanks to lower in-state tuition costs, Palmetto State residents can earn a highly regarded business degree for a small fraction of what their peers elsewhere in the country spend.”
Small Business Development Center
The Frank L. Roddey Small Business Development Center of South Carolina is a consortium of four universities and operates a state office and 15 area centers throughout the state, including the Clemson center. The Clemson Small Business Development Center aids the growth of existing small businesses and start-up ventures in the Upstate. The center offers a variety of confidential services — including ongoing support with strategic planning, feasibility studies, capital sources, marketing, best practices and financial benchmarking — and management training courses tailored to meet the needs of small- and medium-sized businesses. Small Business Development Center consultants provide management and technical assistance to business owners and work with the banking industry, economic development offices and chambers of commerce to grow new and existing businesses for the economic prosperity of the state.
Professional Advancement and Continuing Education
Clemson's Professional Advancement and Continuing Education (PACE) brings the university into the workplace and has been a provider of professional education and customized training programs for business, education and industry for more than 50 years. PACE brings together Clemson's expert instructors and thought leaders, along with industry experts from across the nation to create dynamic learning environments for executive education and professional development. The center is dedicated to delivering job-specific solutions for today’s complex business world.