This semester, the new Christian Entrepreneur Organization (CEO) gives students of all majors a chance to explore business.
Created by five students, the organization allows students to build their businesses and receive entrepreneurial advice among other students interested in starting businesses, according to Harding’s Student Life website.
Sophomore Celeste Parker, graphic design major and CEO treasurer, said CEO was created because they realized there should be more resources available to those who are interested in starting their own businesses.
“It’s a way for a group of like-minded people to come together, bounce ideas off one another and to make friendships that could be helpful in the future,” Parker said.
Junior Christian Mendez, international business major and CEO secretary, said the aim of the club is to promote and support either recently started businesses or those that wish to start soon. CEO wants to make sure these new businesses have the ability to grow.
“This club was formed to not only seek out entrepreneurs here on campus, but to spark the light in others and bring all talents out on the table,” said junior Tiffany Bishop, management major and CEO co-vice president.
Mendez said the inspiration behind the name of the club came from the Industrial Revolution. The Industrial Revolution was sparked by a productivity movement based on the Protestant work ethic. Entrepreneurship is a form of work, which God wants from his people.
“Christian work ethic and general work ethic go hand-in-hand,” Mendez said.
Parker said she believes having a club that ties Christianity and business together sets a good example for students who will be future business owners. Bishop said CEO wants God to be the leader of the club and faith to be the center of its decisions. She believes that businesses should be run as Christ would want.
Mendez said CEO is not just for business majors but anyone interested in entrepreneurship. There is a place for everyone to feel a part of the club.
Mendez said CEO has received support from the Waldron Center for Entrepreneurship and Family Business as well as from CEO sponsors Dr. David Kee, assistant professor of College of Business Administration, and Dr. Kenneth Olree, associate professor and director of the Waldron Center. Parker emphasized the role the Waldron Center has played in the organization and how they have been an encouragement.
“That’s the heart of the entrepreneurship program here at Harding, and they’re happy to help get you involved,” Parker said.