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Center for Entrepreneurship

The Center for Entrepreneurship at Salem State links the Bertolon School of Business, the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Human Services to encourage and support creativity and innovation through entrepreneurial programs and activities.

We believe that the economic future of our local community rests firmly on the small businesses that abound in this area, and on the new ventures that Salem State students and others will establish here. Our mission is to support those business ventures and the academic, commercial, governmental, and not-for-profit groups that work with them through educational research and consulting efforts in order to sustain and encourage entrepreneurial activity throughout the community.

From the Director
Welcome to the Center for Entrepreneurship, and the entrepreneurship programs of the Bertolon School of Business, where we help you make your dreams a reality.

  • This is a place where you can float your ideas past peers and faculty for feedback, direction and suggestion. 
  • This is a place where you can propose programs, projects, research agendas, and innovations related to business. 
  • This is a place where we honor both research—and practitioner-focused learning.
  • This is a place where things happen!

We have recently introduced an entrepreneurship minor, along with a completely redesigned and updated entrepreneurship concentration. New courses, new approaches and new ideas—this is what the Center for Entrepreneurship prides itself on.

Please join our projects and attend our events. You'll be glad you did, and so will we!

John McArdle, JD, Ed.D.

The Spirited Entrepreneur: If you have the spirit, we have the tools!
Students—find out how to turn your passion into a profitable career through academics, networking, and our technical support. Come to our networking events, non-credit workshops, our student entrepreneurship club, and other programs. Sign up for our mentoring program that pairs you with an alumni or friend of the university business owner. Consider a special entrepreneurship course designed for non-business students. Investigate an entrepreneurship minor.

Center for International Business and Economic Studies

The Center for International Business and Economic Studies (CIBES) is structured to “serve as a resource center for business organizations and the community at large,” to assist the Bertolon School of Business and Salem State in “preparing students for careers in a global economy,” and to provide “an environment sensitive to a diverse population,” as quoted in the missions of both the school and the university. CIBES has a two-fold mission. It develops and promotes international business and economics academic programs and curricula. It also assists small- to mid-sized businesses in the region in exporting their products and services to other countries and/or importing what they need.

The following objectives are being pursued by the center:

Respond to the need for internationalization of the business curricula by developing and promoting international business- and economics-related courses and programs. This action coincides with public mandates reflected in AACSB International, the U.S. Department of Education and the Presidential Council on International Education and Languages recommendations.

Act as a resource center for the small- to mid-sized businesses in the North Shore area interested in exporting their products and services to other countries, and/or importing from foreign nations.

Stimulate awareness of global business and economic activities in the region and at Salem State by sponsoring seminars, workshops and other related activities.

Encourage exchange and foreign studies programs for students and faculty in business administration and associated fields in concert with the Center for International Education.

Develop a working relationship with local, national and international public and private organizations.

Encourage relevant research that will enhance consultation with private and public organizations.

For additional information, please contact James (Jian) Gu, professor and executive director. 

Small Business Development Center

Welcome to the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network's northeast regional office. We provide free and confidential business advising, and free or low-cost business seminars to help you raise capital, and start or grow your business in Massachusetts.

Business advising areas and seminar topics include business plans, business startup, marketing and sales, financial management, export assistance, and government contracting.

Business assistance is available at our office in Salem at the Enterprise Center, and at chambers of commerce and community colleges in Amesbury, Billerica, Gloucester, Lawrence, and Lowell.

Business seminars are held at the Enterprise Center in Salem and at community colleges in Beverly, North Andover and Woburn.

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