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Generally speaking, most people become an entrepreneur because they have created a product or service that will add value to a community. However, some people who enter entrepreneurship as a result of their relationships. Mandy Way, a recent MBA graduate from OCU, is a part of this category. Upon marrying her husband, Cameron Way, she became joint manager of Way Farms, a local produce company in Waverly, OH. Since it was founded in 2003 and became an LLC in 2008, Way Farms has been very successful, due to the support of its community and competency of its managers. Their goal - to provide fresh and healthy food for Appalachian and Southern Ohio natives - was not initially a sought after product in their area; however, by partnering with local senior centers and community action organizations, they have helped raise awareness about healthy living, which in turn created positive word of mouth about their company. In addition to this invaluable marketing source, social media has been of great value to them. With this tool, they’ve been able to reach their customer directly and expand their reach in the community. Oddly enough, these two tools were the very things that Mandy had underestimated when she had entered the entrepreneurship adventure. As an anthropology major during her baccalaureate education, and after working as a park ranger for 15 years, she was accustom to varying methods, principles and ways of thinking in relation to business. In fact, she mentioned during our interview that in her career she had gained expertise in marketing and customer service yet had not received formal training on business concepts. So, when she made the decision to pursue her Masters degree with a concentration in business, her lack of business exposure scared her. Finding OCU’s convenient MBA program was a lifesaver. When she stated, the fact that she could have a non-business degree and still enter the program was a relief. Furthermore, attending class once a week after work was a perfect fit for her full-time schedule. Now, two years after her first class, she sees the benefits of her formal business training in many ways. With her newfound knowledge, she and her husband have been able to accurately define their target market, and they plan to build Way Farms into an agro-tourism company, taking their current farmer’s market focus to the next level. But the buck doesn’t stop there. Now knowing and understanding key business terms has allowed her to be a participant in executive conversations at her current job at Centrus Energy Group, showing her supervisors and colleagues that she can make informed decisions about expanding the company, and adding more validity to the ideas she presents. Her story is a true encouragement to those looking to make a career change either by choice or due to circumstance.

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Ohio Christian to Host Fifth Annual Forge Leadership Summit image

Ohio Christian to Host Fifth Annual Forge Leadership Summit

Ohio Christian to Host Fifth Annual Forge Leadership Summit image

Published: July 19, 2019

Ohio Christian University will host the fifth annual Forge Leadership Summit on July 23-27. The five-day conference is the Forge Leadership Network’s foundational event that on-ramps students into their yearlong mentorship academy to develop the next generation of conservative leaders. Forge will welcome 75-80 young adults to the summit where they will participate in dynamic trainings, professional development programs and listen to over two dozen renowned speakers on current issues. “Forge is raising up a farm system for the conservative movement in the state [of Ohio],” said Co-
Ohio Christian University will host the fifth annual Forge Leadership Summit on July 23-27. The five-day conference is the Forge Leadership Network’s foundational event that on-ramps students into their yearlong mentorship academy to develop the next generation of conservative leaders. Forge will welcome 75-80 young adults to the summit where they will participate in dynamic trainings,
Ohio Christian University will host the fifth annual Forge Leadership Summit on July 23-27. The five-day conference is the Forge Leadership Network’s foundational event that on-ramps students into
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Ohio Christian Offers New Concentrations for Online Business Program

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Published: July 18, 2019

Ohio Christian University recently announced two new concentrations in the Bachelor of Arts in Business degree for students in the Adult
Ohio Christian University recently announced two new concentrations in the Bachelor of Arts in Business degree for students in the Adult
Ohio Christian University recently announced two new concentrations in the Bachelor of Arts in Business degree for students in the Adult
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Happy Independence Day – Praise God for our Freedom!

Happy Independence Day – Praise God for our Freedom! image

Published: July 1, 2019

By Dr. Bradford Sample On July 4, 1776 the Second Continental Congress adopted Thomas Jefferson’s draft of “The Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America” after about one month of writing, review, and debate. Members of Congress did not argue over the philosophy or basic tenets of the document. Among its most powerful and well-remembered phrases are “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” This
By Dr. Bradford Sample On July 4, 1776 the Second Continental Congress adopted Thomas Jefferson’s draft of “The Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America” after about one month of writing, review, and debate. Members of Congress did not argue over the philosophy or basic tenets of the document. Among its most powerful and well-remembered phrases are “We hold these
By Dr. Bradford Sample On July 4, 1776 the Second Continental Congress adopted Thomas Jefferson’s draft of “The Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America” after about one
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Students Travel to Alabama, Gaining Sports Business Experience

Students Travel to Alabama, Gaining Sports Business Experience image

Published: May 13, 2019

The Ohio Christian University athletic department and School of Business and Government recently took a trip to Alabama to learn about careers in the sports business field, and network with professionals in the industry. Just a few of the businesses that students had the opportunity to visit were The United States Sports Academy, SEC headquarters, and Reese’s Senior Bowl. After visiting the United States Sports Academy, Ohio Christian University students were featured in a publication for The United States Sports Academy titled, “The Academy.” The feature briefly touched on what
The Ohio Christian University athletic department and School of Business and Government recently took a trip to Alabama to learn about careers in the sports business field, and network with professionals in the industry. Just a few of the businesses that students had the opportunity to visit were The United States Sports Academy, SEC headquarters, and Reese’s Senior Bowl. After visiting the
The Ohio Christian University athletic department and School of Business and Government recently took a trip to Alabama to learn about careers in the sports business field, and network with

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Tom Minnery Named 2019 Faith & Liberty Award Recipient image

Tom Minnery Named 2019 Faith & Liberty Award Recipient

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Published: April 30, 2019

On Thursday April 18th, Ohio Christian University School of Business and Government presented Tom Minnery with its annual Faith
On Thursday April 18th, Ohio Christian University School of Business and Government presented Tom Minnery with its annual Faith
On Thursday April 18th, Ohio Christian University School of Business and Government presented Tom Minnery with its annual Faith
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Internet Safety Advocate Speaks On Campus

Internet Safety Advocate Speaks On Campus image

Published: April 17, 2019

Ohio Christian University was happy to host Donna Rice Hughes Monday, April 15th in both chapel and as a Distinguished Speaker in the School of Business and Government. Rice Hughes is the President and CEO of Enough Is Enough and has been working since 1994 as a pioneering leader on the frontlines of U.S. efforts to make the Internet safer for children and families. Her three-pronged strategy connects the technology industry, the public, and the legal community in helping protect children online. She was awarded the 2013 Women In Technology Award for Social Impact as well as the 2014
Ohio Christian University was happy to host Donna Rice Hughes Monday, April 15th in both chapel and as a Distinguished Speaker in the School of Business and Government. Rice Hughes is the President and CEO of Enough Is Enough and has been working since 1994 as a pioneering leader on the frontlines of U.S. efforts to make the Internet safer for children and families. Her three-pronged
Ohio Christian University was happy to host Donna Rice Hughes Monday, April 15th in both chapel and as a Distinguished Speaker in the School of Business and Government. Rice Hughes is the President
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2019 Business Competition Gives Students Real World Experience

2019 Business Competition Gives Students Real World Experience image

Published: April 15, 2019

On April 9th, Ohio Christian University’s School of Business and Government hosted the annual awards banquet for its Business Plan Competition. Five finalists in the competition were awarded recognition as well as cash awards for their business plans. This annual competition gives Business students a chance to put into practice what they are being taught in classrooms. Its purpose is to give students a real-world opportunity to develop a business plan and present it to a panel of distinguished businesspersons. This year’s first-round competition judges were Dr. Monty Lobb, Dean, and
On April 9th, Ohio Christian University’s School of Business and Government hosted the annual awards banquet for its Business Plan Competition. Five finalists in the competition were awarded recognition as well as cash awards for their business plans. This annual competition gives Business students a chance to put into practice what they are being taught in classrooms. Its purpose is to give
On April 9th, Ohio Christian University’s School of Business and Government hosted the annual awards banquet for its Business Plan Competition. Five finalists in the competition were awarded
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Faith and Work Seminar a First on Campus

Faith and Work Seminar a First on Campus image

Published: April 10, 2019

On Saturday March 23rd, Ohio Christian University hosted the Faith
On Saturday March 23rd, Ohio Christian University hosted the Faith
On Saturday March 23rd, Ohio Christian University hosted the Faith
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2019 Annual Business Plan Competition

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Published: April 5, 2019

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