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

Margrette Newhouse, Director
[email protected]
320-363-2870

Kelli Gradin, Coordinator
[email protected]
320-363-2065

Center for Entrepreneurship
Student Employee
320-363-2764
[email protected]

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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.

A celebration of the most influential and successful Entrepreneur alumnae/i of Saint John's University and the College of Saint Benedict

We are now accepting nominations for the 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. If you would like to nominate someone, email us at [email protected] or [email protected].

SJU Entrepreneur of the Year:

This award recognizes the achievements of a Johnnie who best exemplifies the ideals of entrepreneurship by starting and successfully managing one or more businesses in a way that demonstrates notable entrepreneurial characteristics and achievements while practicing Benedictine values in the workplace and in their lives.

CSB Entrepreneur of the Year:

This award recognizes the achievements of a Bennie who best exemplifies the ideals of entrepreneurship by starting and successfully managing one or more businesses in a way that demonstrates notable entrepreneurial characteristics and achievements while practicing Benedictine values in the workplace and in their lives.

CSB/SJU Social Entrepreneur of the Year:

This award recognizes the achievements and qualities of a Johnnie or Bennie who best exemplifies the ideals of social entrepreneurship by starting and successfully managing one or more ventures that enriches humanity or addresses a social issue in a way that demonstrates notable entrepreneurial characteristics and achievements while practicing Benedictine values in the workplace and in their lives.

2016 Winners:

  • College of Saint Benedict Winner - Darlene Miller '71, Permac Industries
  • Saint John's University Winner - Brian Kueppers '89, Apex Revenue Technologies
  • CSB/SJU Social Entrepreneur Winner - Brother Paul Richards '78, Saint John's Boys Choir, and the Benedictine Volunteer Corps
  • Read about past winners.

10 for 10 Campaign

As The Donald McNeely Center for Entrepreneurship at CSB/SJU continues to celebrate our 10th anniversary, we are proud to mark a decade of impressive success and launch our 10 for 10 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, Margrette Newhouse, at [email protected].

Donate online:

Bennies Donate Here! Johnnies Donate Here!

Learn more about our Center and the 10 for 10 campaign:

Current Events

Entrepreneurial Leadership Series Luncheons

Next luncheon is May 11, featuring keynote speaker Sandy Pfefferle Forster.

Are you interested in attending our Entrepreneurial Leadership Series Luncheons? Email Kelli Gradin at [email protected] to be added to our invitation list!

This luncheon is offered for alumni/nae who are entrepreneurs and those who support them. Hosted at the Minneapolis Club in downtown Minneapolis this luncheon series features speakers who are unsung successful alum entrepreneurs. The luncheon is by invitation only. Contact Kelli Gradin at [email protected] or by phone at 320-363-2065 for more information, and to be added to the list.

Donald McNeely Center welcomes new Director, Margrette Nemanich Newhouse '88

Margrette Nemanich holds the John & Elizabeth Myers Chair in Management at the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University. In January 2017, Margrette was appointed the 3rd Director of the Donald McNeely Center for Entrepreneurship. In her work at CSB/SJU, Margrette is motivated to making a difference with students, faculty, alumnae/i and friends in the business and broader community through her insight, ideas, connections and advice. Margrette has had the privilege to work with small and mid-sized businesses throughout her life. She loves to work with individuals in all stages of their businesses and/or personal projects to bring their hopes and plans to reality.

Originally from Ely, Minnesota, Margrette was immersed in entrepreneurship at an early age, as her father owned a contracting business in Northern Minnesota. Upon completing her high school education, Margrette came to the College of Saint Benedict where she earned a B.A. in Management - Organizational Leadership and Finance, Summa Cum Laude in 1988.

Before returning to CSB/SJU, Margrette had a seventeen year career in the commercial banking industry. She has a Master’s in Business Administration - Strategic Management concentration with honors from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management. She is a member of the Delta Epsilon Sigma (CSB undergraduate), Beta Gamma Sigma (MBA) and Sigma Beta Delta (CSB/SJU Accounting & Business) Honor Societies, recognized as a Tri-College Academic and Community honoree  (CSB undergraduate), the College of Saint Benedict Decade Award in 1998, and the Twin Cities Business Journal 40 under 40 in 2002.

Margrette has engaged in a wide array volunteer roles in alumnae/i, development and academic committees for both CSB and SJU initiatives since graduation. She has served on the Donald McNeely Center for Entrepreneurship Advisory Board since Center inception. Margrette has been an active volunteer in her son’s schools, Edina Public and Benilde St. Margaret’s, and church, Church of St. Patrick in Edina. In addition to the Center Advisory Board, she serves on the Board of Directors of several nonprofits including Youth Frontiers, Jack Jablonski Bel13ve in Miracles Foundation (term completed December 2016), and the privately held company, Scherer Brothers Lumber Co.

Margrette resides with her husband, John Newhouse (SJU ‘88) , her sons Ben (19) and Jerome (17), and yellow lab, Easton,  in Edina and Shorewood, MN. Her hobbies include being a Hockey Mom (thus, the dog’s name!), reading, enjoying the Minnesota seasons, community volunteerism, and keeping up with her "three" boys.

Welcome Margrette!

Contact Us

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

Margrette Newhouse, Director
[email protected]
320-363-2870

Kelli Gradin, Coordinator
[email protected]
320-363-2065

Center for Entrepreneurship
Student Employee
320-363-2764
[email protected]

Read story:

Entrepreneur Scholars visit with some of America's most innovative business leaders.