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BRCC Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management Class

Thursday, January 14, 2010   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Matthew Montoya
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By Phyllis Coleman Mouton
Vice Chancellor of Workforce, Corporate and Continuing Education

Baton Rouge Community College

The Baton Rouge Community College (BRCC) Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management Class of faculty member Andrea Vidrine is the result of many hours of dedicated work on the part of members of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber of Commerce Small Business Council and BRCC faculty and staff members. The course will provide students who have expressed and exhibited an interest in owning a small business a firsthand opportunity to hear from successful business leaders in the community what really must be done to succeed. Employers will also, where requested, provide a chance for students to enter the diverse workplaces to see what actually takes place in owning and managing a successful business.

On every Friday during the program, a different business leader will share various aspects of owning and running a successful small business with students in the class. Pat Felders, owner of Felders Collision Parts, Inc. and an advocate of education and business partnerships, stated, "The expertise that the students will have the opportunity to absorb is priceless.”

Business leaders participating in this ‘teaching and learning experience’ are:

  • Patricia H. Felder and Wayne L. Felder, owners of Felders Collision Parts, Inc.
  • Camm Morton, Commercial Properties Development Corporation
  • Mike Polito, CEO, MAPP Construction
  • Fred Dent, Consultant, Dent and Dent, Object 9
  • Chris Russo Blackwood, Publisher, In Register
  • David Bondy, CEO, LUBA
  • Leonard Wyatt, Senior Vice President, Whitney Bank
  • Bob Breaux, CEO, Total Computer Systems
  • John Overton, CEO, TurnKey Solutions, Inc.
  • Kevin Kimball, Manager/Owner, Camelot Club

Students have the chance to discuss concerns and ask pointed questions of executives representing many different businesses and possessing various specialized skill sets. The business speakers will also have a golden opportunity to share the dos and don’ts of operating a small business; hopefully, imparting information that cannot be found in textbook.

According to Associate Dean Sharon Flanagan, "This is definitely contextual learning at its finest. The students’ connections with outstanding businesses from the community can only lead to positive mentorship, internships and knowledge.” The exposure to many businesses and philosophies of doing business should give the students an excellent learning experience.

For more information on this program, contact Phyllis Coleman Mouton at (225) 216-8998 or via

e-mail at

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