Business Administration News & Upcoming Events

Logo Contest

Faculty in the Business Administration Department at HCC are committed to nurturing creativity and the entrepreneurial spirit in their classrooms. This fall, students in the Introduction to Business Course are competing in teams to design a logo for the Business and Entrepreneurship Department. Eventually, we hope to be able to raise funds to use the “winning” logo on a department t-shirt, that students sell. The students are excited about the contest and are learning about team building, entrepreneurship, marketing, and accounting in the process.

Logo Created by Melissa K. Burnett

Doing Business in the International Marketplace

This spring, Patricia Smith and Michelle Choate, Business Administration faculty, participated in Doing Business in the International Marketplace on location in Mexico. This research program was sponsored in part by the Small Business Center at Wake Tech Community College and the Graduate College of Textiles at N.C. State University.

This research trip is one part of our efforts to forge relationships with facilitators in the International Business community. We want to educate our students and business owners in our community about international business opportunities. Doing business globally is Not out of their reach. This trip allowed us to make connections with and learn from the folks in the N.C Department of Commerce International Trade Division and their liaison to Mexico. Our goal is to share what we have learned about resources and opportunities in our classes.

REAL Ceremony 2011

Haywood Community College recently held a REAL (Rural Entrepreneurship through Action Learning) Recognition Ceremony where students showed their completed business plans. Students that participate in the REAL program range from various programs of study from business to professional crafts. This year’s event recognized students in the REAL Small Business and Craft Enterprise classes. Senator Ralph Hise was guest of honor at the ceremony.

The course is also offered on an as needed basis through HCC’s Continuing Education Department. For more information, please call 627-4512 or visit the HCC Small Business Center website at

Haywood Community College recently held a REAL (Rural Entrepreneurship through Action Learning) Recognition Ceremony. Pictured are students that participated in the event with Senator Ralph Hise, HCC President Dr. Rose Johnson, and instructors Meredith Carpenter, Dr. Michelle Choate, and Patricia Smith.