Students in the University’s Applied Business Ownership class are studying an Auntie Anne’s franchise this semester and preparing their business plans  with hopes of being awarded their own franchise.

Throughout the semester, students have learned from various business leaders, including the Craig School of Business benefactor, Steve Craig, and dynamic alumni entrepreneurs like Wayne Chatham, Seth Lyons and Ross Theesen. Local entrepreneurs Dave Shinneman and Don Tolly have also met with the students, sharing their personal insights on business ownership and success.

Students also have the opportunity to get hands-on experience at the local Auntie Anne’s in East Hills Shopping Center. A host of previous franchise winners have participated in classroom and in-store sessions as well, and guest speakers within a specific focus area such as legal and human resources, along with faculty, round out the curriculum.

The program culminates with the preliminary competition on April 21, 2021. The winner will be announced following the annual Celebration of Entrepreneurs June 4, 2021. This year’s winning student will join the ranks of more than 20 Griffon entrepreneurs who have completed the program. For more information about the Center for Franchise Development, please contact:

Pam Klaus
Director of the Center for Franchise Development
Steven L. Craig School of Business
Missouri Western State University
pklaus@missouriwestern.edu