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Center for Entrepreneurial Activities (CEA)

What is the Center for Entrepreneurial Activity?

The Center for Entrepreneurial Activity 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 Entrepreneurial Activity, 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 Entrepreneurial Activity prides itself on.
Please join our projects and attend our events. You'll be glad you did, and so will we!

Gina Vega, PhD

Alumni Advisory Board

This board is comprised of Salem State University alumni and friends who are interested in developing a closer relationship with students and faculty, participating in university activities, and serving as ambassadors in the local entrepreneurial community. The CEA Alumni Advisory Board has five members, each of whom serves a two-year term and agrees to become involved in some of the following initiatives:

  • Speaking in a classroom (oral history archive)
  • Having a student team or a faculty member write a case about them/their business (casebook project)
  • Mentoring students in the Interdisciplinary Business Laboratory
  • Taking on a student intern
  • Advising the director of the CEA
  • Attending several meetings per year
  • Becoming involved in new projects

Board members also make a commitment to give to the university’s annual fund in support of the students in the Center for Entrepreneurial Activity.

The Founding Members of the Alumni Advisory Board are:
Gina Deschamps, Treasurer/Business Development Manager-Deschamps Printing, Inc.
Tom Gould, Owner-Treadwell’s Ice Cream
David Gravel, President/CEO-GraVoc Associates, Inc.
Jeffrey Holloran, Owner-Holloran Real Estate Development, LLC.
Deborah L. Sumner, President-Quality Systems and Compliance

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.

Salem State University Micro-lending Club

Salem State Micro-lending Club is to provide collateralized loans to low- income entrepreneurs in Essex County. The loans will help individuals improve their circumstances and build the local economy. Students involved in the club will help choose loan recipients, administer the loans, and provide business-related advice to program participants. (View Flyer)

  • Attend club meetings at Salem State and the various CDC’s (community development corporations in Salem, Lynn and Revere).
  • Help recipients refine their business plans
  • Facilitate team meetings (the recipients will work together as a team to share ideas about running a business, shouldering the responsibility of a business loan, and broader relevant social issues like breaking the cycle of poverty)
  • Collect data on the loans
  • Track loans
  • Send reminder notices and other correspondence to recipients

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