The Classroom Meets the Real World at OCU

Ohio Christian University Business Association

Ohio Christian University’s Business Association hosted the second annual Small Business Round Table on Monday, November 28, 2011.  The Round Table brought together sixty-five OCU students and six business people, most of whom are small business owners.  The topic was starting and managing a small business.

In photo (above): Back Row: Jenni Lloyd, Nonna Melnik, Tamara Holder, Jermaine Wilson, Jenna Wood, Mike Farrell, Dexter Chapman.
Front Row: Larry Powell, Doug Baker, Scott Applegate, Dan DeLong, Becky Mancini, Larry Schieber, Sacha Walicord, Dale Lear.

Ohio Christian University’s Business Association hosted the second annual Small Business Round Table on Monday, November 28, 2011. The Round Table brought together sixty-five OCU students and six business people, most of whom are small business owners. The topic was starting and managing a small business.

Business people present at this year’s event were Scott Applegate of US Bank, Doug Baker of Sharffs, Dan DeLong of DeLong Insurance, Becky Mancini of Maggie & Me Fashions, Larry Powell of Bowen Powell and Company, and Larry Schieber of Schieber Family Pharmacy.

“We greatly appreciate these business leaders assisting with the education process of our students,” said OCU President Mark Smith.

Dr. Sacha Walicord, Chair of the OCU Business Department, commented, “It is important that students not only understand the academic principles of business, but also see that what is learned in the classroom is really applicable to real world experience.”

From Mancini students learned how to secure funding.  Students were warned to not accept high balance credit card offers.  Applegate further explained how important personal credit is when trying to secure funding.  “How you pay your personal bills, is how you’ll pay your business bills,” said Applegate.  While not an owner of a small business, Applegate was instrumental in giving key advice from the lender’s point of view.

Doug Baker, Becky Mancini, Larry Schieber, & Scott Applegate at the OCU Business Roundtable

Doug Baker, Becky Mancini, Larry Schieber, & Scott Applegate

Powell, who is also an adjunct professor at OCU, made certain that students understood that when you own your own business, you must have a work ethic; you do not always have the luxury of vacations—especially when you want them.  Powell asked the other panelist how many were in the office during the Thanksgiving weekend, and two of other panelist raised their hand.

Passion for your business niche was a point stressed by Doug Baker. He told students that if you are not passionate about what you do, it is very unlikely that you will endure the difficult times in business.

The question was asked “How has the current federal administration’s policies impacted business.”  Both Schieber and DeLong said that the current policies have had a significant impact on their pricing.  Both pharmaceutical and insurances industries are heavily regulated by the federal government.  Schieber said that pricing is no longer a major issue for his business because the government tells him what he can and cannot charge for medicine.

Most of the students attending the event are majoring in Business, and some indicated their plans to start a small business upon graduating.

The event was organized by OCU’s Business Association, led by students. Jermaine Wilson, as president, served as moderator for the event.  Also assisting with the event were Vice President Jenna Wood, Secretaries Jenni Lloyd and Tamara Holder, Treasurers Mike Farrell and DeLorean Glanton, and Nona Melnik and Dexter Chapman in charge of public relations.

Jermaine Wilson, Larry Powell, Dan DeLong, Doug Baker, & Becky Mancini

Jermaine Wilson, Larry Powell, Dan DeLong, Doug Baker, & Becky Mancini

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