A Final Message from this Dean

This will be my last message as dean of the Craig School of Business since I retire at the end of the month! As we approach the four-year anniversary of the Center for Entrepreneurship at Missouri Western and the end of my five years as dean of the Craig School of Business, I want to thank all who have helped make the Center such a great success.  First, thank you to all the entrepreneurs and potential entrepreneurs who have accessed the Center and used this great resource. Even those who have sought help and decided not to pursue their ideas at this time have benefitted from the Center!

I also thank the Center for Entrepreneurship Advisory Committee.  Each of these individuals has served the Center effectively as advocates, planners, idea developers, recruiters and advisors. Their help has been invaluable and has accelerated the success of the Center.

I thank the University administration for their support of the Center.  President Vartabedian and Provost Daffron have been strong supporters of the Center since its inception. I thank them for their support and for their vision of service to our community.

I appreciate the faculty of the Craig School of Business. They have lent their expertise to the Center’s clients and enable their students to work on real-world challenges faced by our entrepreneurs.

And finally, I would like to thank Annette Weeks. We began this journey together nearly four years ago. The modest goal was to help entrepreneurs get started. Since then, the Center has accomplished much to support our regional entrepreneurial community:

  • Launched an annual Entrepreneurship Week event, providing free workshops and networking opportunities for entrepreneurs.  In 2018 more than 800 participants benefited from the event.
  • Served as a founding partner of the “Cup of Joe” weekly entrepreneur gathering in St. Joe.
  • Become a partner in creating the St. Joe Sandbox events.
  • Worked with two groups to develop entrepreneurial support throughout the region.
  • Coordinated efforts to create a regional information source for entrepreneurs in the northwestern part of the state.
  • Built relationships within the business community.

As you can see, Annette has built an incredible regional asset. I thank her for accepting the challenge, for trying new ideas and for her unconditional support to the development of entrepreneurs and the small business community.  I am confident the Center will continue to flourish under her leadership.

Michael R. Lane, Dean

Steven L. Craig School of Business

Missouri Western State University