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USASBE Hosts First Ever “Local” At UNC Chapel Hill

The United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship is working with the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill to offer a free event for entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship professors, USASBE Local. The event will be held on November 2 at the Kenan-Flagler Business School in the Entrepreneurship Center.

Professor Heidi Neck

Heidi Neck, President of USASBE and the Jeffry A. Timmons Professor of Entrepreneurship at Babson College said, “USASBE Local brings us closer to our members and the community. It’s a way for members to deeply connect at a regional level and create impact based on local needs and opportunities in entrepreneurship education”.

“At UNC, we are pleased to host the first USASBE Local, an exciting experiment to bring the leadership of USASBE in entrepreneurship education to a host of regional schools.  By networking in the region among leaders, we will develop a hyper-local network to carry on the work advanced by USASBE at the national level to take entrepreneurship pedagogy and practice to the next level.” Said Ted Zoller, past President of USASBE and current Director, Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. USASBE LOCAL aims to connect cross-disciplined, research-minded educators to USASBE through a convenient, low barrier, and focused event with an opportunity to connect with regional colleagues with similar interests in teaching, scholarship, and practice.  These regional events will provide a compelling opportunity to form an immediate, identifiable group of colleagues to build connections faster and on a local and colleague level. The events are also open to the public. Entrepreneurs with businesses or business ideas are encouraged to attend.


The roots of USASBE trail back over fifty years and have transformed and developed into the largest independent, professional, academic organization in the world. USASBE is an inclusive community advancing entrepreneurship education through bold teaching, scholarship, and practice. With members, ranging from universities, colleges, for-profit businesses, nonprofit organizations and the public sector; a shared common commitment to fostering entrepreneurial attitudes and behaviors are held. USASBE is built around four pillars: entrepreneurship education, entrepreneurship research, entrepreneurship outreach and public policy. By fostering advances in each of these areas, we support the development of entrepreneurship educators who in turn will create next generation of entrepreneurs.