Written by Morgan Wrigley // Photo provided by Alex Hall
The Waldron Center for Business and Entrepreneurship was featured on Good Morning Arkansas Tuesday, March 14. As a part of College Days on KATV Channel 7 in Little Rock, Arkansas, three areas of study at Harding were featured — counseling, architecture and business.
Waldron Center assistant director Caleb Young, assistant professor of business David Kee and senior Alex Hall represented Harding as they discussed the College of Business Administration and the Waldron Center on the show.
“I enjoyed being able to share more of what we do and explaining why that was important, because I think some people don’t fully understand what goes on in the Waldron Center, and they possibly don’t appreciate the support that it provides for students,” Young said.
Hall is an integrated marketing and communication student who has been involved in the Waldron Center.
“I thought it would be good to provide a new perspective from someone who has his foot inside both the business department and the comm department, which is why I invited Alex Hall,” Young said.
Hall said he got involved with the Waldron Center because of his connections with people who worked there and his own experience with entrepreneurship.
“I’ve owned a business and operated a business for a year … and so I know how to start and how operations usually go when you create your own business,” Hall said. “… When I found out about the Waldron Center, I got closer to the Waldron Center and got closer to the people that work there like Caleb. So through that networking, I was presented with the opportunity to speak about it, so I took it.”
Kee said he owned his own business for 20 years and shares the stories of that with his students.
“I like to share those stories with my students to help them and encourage them so that they can go out there and give it a shot, too,” Kee said. “I think a lot of them are interested in starting their own business, maybe not right away, but they are interested in doing it.”
Kee said an important part of the discussion on Good Morning Arkansas centered around the Waldron Center’s role in supporting entrepreneurs.
“The entrepreneur is a key person in society, and the economy can’t flourish without entrepreneurs: people who take the risk and start a business, create opportunities and jobs and places for people to work and new products that people need,” Kee said.
He added that the Waldron Center works to support a range of different kinds of entrepreneurs, from young people just starting out, to family businesses, to local entrepreneurs in Searcy.
“The idea [of the Waldron Center] is really to support the entrepreneurs, the ones who really kind of create value for society,” Kee said.