Donald McNeely Center for Entrepreneurship

The Donald McNeely Center for Entrepreneurship is an entrepreneurship education resource that provides classes, coaching and assistance to entrepreneurs. It builds relationships among and between CSB/SJU students, faculty, alumnae/i, and community members to create and strengthen the entrepreneurial spirit.

As The Donald McNeely Center for Entrepreneurship at CSB/SJU celebrates our 10th anniversary, we are proud to mark a decade of impressive success and launch a fundraising drive to fully endow the Center. If you are interested in more information about the Center and/or our fundraising efforts, please contact Center Director, Pat Maxwell, at pmaxwell@csbsju.edu

 

2014 Entrepreneur of the Year Awards was a huge success!

CSB Entrepreneur of the Year:
Kate Huebsch '84, President/Owner, High Point Creative

SJU Entrepreneur of the Year:
Dan Bastian '90, Owner, Angie's Kettle Corn

CSB/SJU Social Entrepreneur of the Year:
Greg Lais, SJU '78, Founder and Executive Director, Wilderness Inquiry

Click here to watch the videos for our 2014 winners!  

Saint John's University, and the College of Saint Benedict welcomes Pat Maxwell as the second director of the Donald McNeely Center for Entrepreneurship!

 

From the CSB/SJU Press Release-

The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University are pleased to announce that Pat Maxwell has been appointed director of the Donald McNeely Center for Entrepreneurship at CSB/SJU. Maxwell will succeed recently retired founding director Terri Barreiro, who served from 2004-14.

Maxwell has more than 40 years of experience as an entrepreneur, executive and turnaround management specialist in both the business and non-profit sectors. He is a 1966 graduate of Saint John's University with a degree in philosophy, and holds a juris doctor degree from Northwestern University School of Law.

Maxwell has held management positions including board chairman, director, chief executive officer, chief financial officer, vice president and general counsel. He has served as executive director of two membership associations and one charitable organization. Maxwell has started, bought or led 20 businesses and non-profits. The areas he has worked in include manufacturing, insurance, personnel placement, education, business services, food, medical, legal, membership and charitable services. These organizations are located throughout the United States, Europe and the Pacific Rim.

"In addition to his impressive record and experience as an entrepreneur, Pat is both the product of, and an advocate for, the liberal arts. He has the ideal pedigree to direct an entrepreneurship center at a liberal arts college," said Michael Hemesath, president of Saint John's University.

Maxwell has served on the Saint John's National Alumni Board and the Saint John's Board of Regents. He currently serves on the Board of Overseers of the Saint John's School of Theology•Seminary.

Maxwell has also been very active with the McNeely Center. He is currently on the McNeely Center Advisory Committee, and for the past two years he has served as the executive-in-residence for the McNeely Center, mentoring and assisting students.

"Under Pat's leadership, I am confident that the McNeely Center will continue to focus on our students and their interests," said Mary Dana Hinton, president of the College of Saint Benedict, "and work to provide programming for alumnae and alumni."

Founded in 2004 by St. Paul, Minnesota, business and civic leader the late Donald McNeely, the Donald McNeely Center for Entrepreneurship is an education resource that provides classes, coaching and assistance to entrepreneurs. It builds relationships among and between CSB/SJU students, faculty, alumnae/i and community members to create and strengthen the entrepreneurial spirit. Its mission is to create social value and economic opportunity by actively building alliances between students as future entrepreneurs, faculty and experienced entrepreneurs in service to communities, organizations and individuals.

Welcome Pat!

 Hear what our Entrepreneur Scholar Alums have to say:

 

 

The McNeely Center would like to welcome the following students to the 2014-2016 Entrepreneur Scholars Program. Congratulations!

  • Sam Brynestad
  • Katie Miller
  • Megan Towle
  • Joe Hegedus
  • Amelia Schmelzer
  • Nick Liemandt
  • Allison Steen
  • Joby Nolan
  • Yue Pheng Lee
  • Brian Schepperle
  • Jerly Alcala

 

Applications for the 2015-2017 Entrepreneur Scholars Program

We are now accepting applications for the 2015-2017 Entrepreneur Scholars Program! Click here to find out more about this program, or stop by the Center and see us! Simons 350, SJU. Applications can be found here. Applications are due by 5:00pm on Monday, February 2nd, 2015.


CSB/SJU takes 3rd at National Entrepreneur Scholar Elevator Pitch Competition

The 9th group of Entrepreneur Scholars traveled to Denver this February to compete in the annual National Elevator Pitch Competition. CSB/SJU took the 3rd place win! Emily Reimer took home the 3rd place title and a cash prize of $200, with her idea for on the go beer brewing.  We are very proud of Emily, and our Entrepreneur Scholars! Way to Go E-9's!

Executive in Residence

The Donald McNeely Center for Entrepreneurship will host its third Executive-in-Residence. The goal of the program is to build on the success of our current alumni mentoring program and deepen the opportunity for student connection through more frequent and informal access to seasoned and accomplished leaders dedicated to sharing their experience and expertise. 

Meet our 2014-2015 Executive in Residence, Teresa Mazzitelli!

Teresa is a '72 graduate of the College of Saint Benedict earning a degree in Theatre Arts & Communications.  She landed the title role in Peter Pan while at St. Ben's, and found the experience of soaring to unchartered heights to be quite helpful later in life as a business owner/entrepreneur. After college she worked in the performing arts acting, directing and designing. As a member of a children's theatre troupe, she developed the 'tough skin'' necessary for her soon-to-be new role as an entrepreneur (she toured as a singing & dancing turtle)!

 After working for a Twin Cities recruiting firm, Teresa made the leap to start her own venture, an executive search firm. Founded in 1988, The Mazzitelli Group is a retained executive search firm serving client companies, organizations and institutions in senior level talent acquisition. Teresa has been recognized as a trusted adviser to CEO's, business owners, corporate boards and search committees. Teresa values the Benedictine tradition of service to others, and believes that personal strength is a prerequisite for helping others. She serves as the Vice-Chair of the Donald McNeely Center for Entrepreneurship serving the College of Saint Benedict, Saint John's University.

Social Entrepreneurs and future nonprofit leaders assisted by the Center

The mission of the Donald McNeely Center includes reaching those with entrepreneurial visions to address social and community issues. The Center provides individual advice and coaching to students and community leaders. Read more about this work.

Donald McNeely, Inspirational Founder, 1914-2009

Donald McNeely, aged 94, passed away March 9th, 2009. He was the inspirational founder of the Donald McNeely Center for Entrepreneurship and a frequent advisor for staff and students. He will be greatly missed.

Current Events

Entrepreneurial Leadership Series Luncheons 

Next event is November 13th. Speaker Judy Zimmer, Founder, Career Coach, LinkedIn Branding and Public Speaker at Coachology.US.

Watch for an email from the Center for Entrepreneurship about upcoming speakers and events!

Note: Starting in November 2014, the cost for the luncheons will be $30 per seat, and parking will no longer be coverd by the Center. The Minnapolis Club will charge a flat rate of $7.00 per car. The Club accepts cash or check.  The luncheon registration will be here on our website.  To make sure you are on our electronic invite list, or questions on registration, please email Kelli Gradin at kgradin@csbsju.edu

Applications for the 2015-2017 Entrepreneur Scholars Program

We are now accepting applications for the 2015-2017 Entrepreneur Scholars Program! Click here to find out more about this program, or stop by the Center and see us! Simons 350, SJU. Applications can be found here. Applications are due by 5:00pm on Monday, February 2nd, 2015.

The Donald McNeely Center for Entrepreneurship proudly celebrates the Entrepreneur of the Year Awards! 

2014 winners-

CSB Entrepreneur of the Year:
Kate Huebsch '84, President/Owner, High Point Creative

SJU Entrepreneur of the Year:
Dan Bastian '90, Owner, Angie's Kettle Corn

CSB/SJU Social Entrepreneur of the Year:
Greg Lais, SJU '78, Founder and Executive Director, Wilderness Inquiry

2013 Winners

College of Saint Benedict Entrepreneur of the Year:
Lisa Spoden '83, Strategic Implementation Solutions.

Saint John's University Entrepreneur of the Year:
Mike Wethington '79, Outsell, LLC

CSB/SJU Social Entrepreneur of the Year:
William Kling '64, Minnesota Public Radio & American Public Media Group 

2012 Winners

College of Saint Benedict Entrepreneur of the Year:
Margaret Murphy, Olson

Saint John's University Entrepreneur of the Year:
Cary Musech, Tonka Bay Equity Partners

CSB/SJU Entrepreneur of the Year:
Joe Cavanaugh, Youth Frontiers

 2011
Campus 2 Canvas Sells Painting in St. John's Bookstore

Below is an email from one of the student founders to the McNeely Center:

"Today when I walked into the SJU Bookstore, I noticed that something was missing. It was the first ever C2C painting to sell in the bookstore, of the Stella Maris Chapel. After my immediate joyous fistpump, I snapped a picture of the empty easel display and couldn't help to think about the significance of that moment.

I am writing you today, because you have profoundly influenced and impacted me.  I just want to share this moment with you and share my gratitude for all that you've done.  The venture is blossoming, and I can't wait to see what happens once the season comes into full swing.  I really appreciate all your advice and help throughout the last 10 months, this wouldn't have been possible without you. Thank you so much."

Entrepreneur Scholar Venture Pays off Loan

Clemens Perk was our first student started-student managed campus venture.  It began with a large loan from St. Bens for equipment and space renovation needed for the coffee shop. Each year a new group of students step into leadership roles and run the venture successfully. As of August 2010 the coffee shop has successfully paid off its original loan. Per the recommendation of the founding students as well as other management teams now Clemens Perk is contributing and will be listed as a Sponsor of the E-Scholars program. Beginning  this fiscal year they will contribute $5000 to become a full annual sponsor.

Remembering Eric Rego, Entrepreneur Scholar first cohort. Eric graduated from St. John's in 2006 and was part of the first group of Entrepreneurial Scholars. Eric passed away in December 2008 and will be missed by everyone who knew him.

Entreprenuership Lessons

People who start a business often say it's what they learned after everything they learned in school that makes the difference between the success or failure of their company. What the Center does is reverse that comment by ensuring what students learn and experience while in college is what makes them successful in the future.

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Contact Us

Donald McNeely Center for Entrepreneurship
College of Saint Benedict
Saint John's University
350 Simons Hall
Collegeville, MN 56321

Pat Maxwell, Director
pmaxwell@csbsju.edu
(320) 363-2373

Kelli Gradin, coordinator
kgradin@csbsju.edu
(320) 363-2065

Center for Entrepreneurship
Student Employee
(320)363-2764
entrcenter@csbsju.edu