Lowell Stahl Center For Entrepreneurship & Real Estate

The Stahl Center takes the unique approach of integrating support for regional entrepreneurs with hands-on learning opportunities for multi-disciplinary students. The result is a collaborative cycle of understanding, planning, implementing, measuring, and refining strategies for up and coming businesses. Regional entrepreneurs benefit from fresh ideas, enthusiasm and talent from the students, while students gain a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities involved with starting a business venture.

Stahl Center Initiatives

Business Plan Competition
This University wide competition is open to all students, graduates and undergraduates and held in the Fall and Spring term. Students formulate an idea, develop a business plan, and pitch their idea to a panel of judges. The winner(s) of the competition earn $5,000 to be used towards their business venture.

Elevator Pitch Competition
A University wide competition open to all Lewis University students who have a new business idea or product. Before committing to writing a business plan, students can pitch their idea or concept to other students, alumni, faculty and staff and receive immediate feedback. The competition winners are selected by the participants who attend the event. Cash prizes are awarded to the top three ideas.

Launch Week (September 22nd—25th)
We’ve moved!! The Lowell Stahl Center has moved to St. Charles Borromeo Center: Room SB- 132A on the Romeoville Campus. Please join us for a week of kick off events featuring several Young Entrepreneurs!!

Think Big Wednesday’s
Have an idea for a business? Think Big Wednesday’s informal mentoring sessions are held Wednesday from 2PM – 3PM in the Stahl Center. Open to all students and alumni, seasoned entrepreneurs and industry professionals are available to speak about their experience as well as hear and evaluate new business ideas from students.

Entrepreneurship Week (November 17-21):
Lewis Entrepreneurship Week (E-Week) is an engaging collection of events focused on all things entrepreneurial within the Lewis U community. E-Week provides Lewis students, alumni, faculty, and staff the opportunity to network and explore activities around entrepreneurship and business startups. All E-Week events are free, and members of the public may attend.

Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization (CEO)
is the premier global entrepreneurship network serving more than 20,000 students through 400 chapters at colleges and universities. The Lewis chapter of CEO is a student-led organization that fosters interest in the field of entrepreneurship. Its focus is to inspire, connect, and support students to succeed as entrepreneurs. CEO offers mentoring relationships, activities for entrepreneurship development, and experiential learning through competitions.

Academic Elements

Entrepreneurship Certificate:
A five credit undergraduate certificate may be earned in Entrepreneurship. Graduate students and alumni are welcome to enroll. Course topics include: Skills & Strategies, Negotiations, Business Ownership, Finance and Creating a Business Plan.

Entrepreneurship Minor:
This minor is designed to be an interdisciplinary program allowing students in any major to learn the process of entrepreneurship. The Minor is founded on the understanding that there is a common process for the realization of new ventures, and provides students with the background to undertake entrepreneurial activity in whatever realm they wish to inhabit. The minor includes an Intro to Entrepreneurship course and Venture Creation course as well as a host of electives.

Study Abroad Brazil (January 2016):
This course focuses on local companies and multinational corporations operating in Brazil and includes a hands-on opportunity for students to work with start-ups supported by a Brazilian incubator. Students will also meet with local leaders and other Lasallian students to learn about the Brazilian economy and the culture. In addition, students will get a preview of the arrangements being made for the 2016 Summer Olympics.

The Stahl Center of Entrepreneurship and Real Estate is located in St. Charles Borromeo Center, SB-132A on the Romeoville Campus. Contact: Kristin Nance, Director, nancekr@lewisu.edu, Phone: (815) 836-5092.

2014 Fall Entrepreneurship Events

Launch Week (Sept 22 – 24)

Business Plan Competition Info Session
Monday, September 22 at 3PM
Stahl Center, St. Charles Borromeo, Room 132A

Dorm Room Hustle
Tuesday, September 23rd at 2PM
Stahl Center, St. Charles Borromeo, Room 132A
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CEO Club Ice Cream Social
Wednesday, September 24th at 2PM
Stahl Center, St. Charles Borromeo, Room 132A

Mind over Matter
Thursday, September 25th at 2PM
Stahl Center, St. Charles Borromeo, Room 132A
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Think Big Wednesday’s:
The Perks:
#1 Meet with successful entrepreneurs and hear their story
#2 Practice pitching your idea
#3 Receive actionable feedback
#4 Show progress to compete for start-up funding
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Wednesday, October 1st at 2PM – 4PM
Speaker: Andy Marsh, Founder and CEO, TagPrints
Stahl Center, St. Charles Borromeo, Room 132A
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October 15th at 2PM – 3PM
Speaker: Anthony Stonitsch, Business and Financial Consultant
Stahl Center, St. Charles Borromeo, Room 132A
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October 29th at 2PM – 3PM Speaker: Greg Washington, CEO of Delta Café Ltd
Other dates TBA: November 12th and December 3rd
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Entrepreneurship Week (Nov. 17th - 20th)

Speaker Event: Robert D. Blackwell, CEO of Blackwell Consulting Services
Monday, 11/17 @ 3PM – 4PM
Location: AS 158A
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Top 30 Entrepreneurs under 30 years of age: Networking Event
Tuesday, 11/18 @ 2PM – 3PM – Session 1
Wednesday, 11/19 @ 2PM – 3PM – Session 2
Location: D’Arcy Great Room, Miguel Center
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Faculty Funding Initiative
Submission Due via email & original copy to the Stahl office
Friday, November 28th @Noon
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Business Plan Competition
Submission Due via email
Friday, November 28th @ Noon
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Spring Break Experience: Brazil - Info Session
Wednesday, December 3rd at 2PM
Stahl Center, St. Charles Borromeo, Room 132A

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