Organization Spotlight: Business Club

   Many college students love the one-for-one concept behind TOMS shoes. But how did founder and CEO Blake Mycoskie create such a powerful company? One answer is that he developed relationships with everyone involved in his business.
   Networking is a powerful tool any young professional can harness. A valuable networking source for any NSU student with a business major or minor is the Business Club.
   Currently the club has about 30 active members who are led by club president Zachary Ulmer. The faculty advisors for the club are Dr. Kristi Bockorny, Instructor of Management, and Amber Mathern, Instructor in the School of Business.

The skills you gain in Business Club prepare you for your future career.

– Business Club advisors, Dr. Kristi Bockorny and Amber Mathern

   The Business Club meets once a month throughout the school year.  Posters around campus advertise the precise dates and times.
   To become a member, you can contact Ulmer or one of the faculty advisors or attend a meeting.
   The Business Club does require dues of $10 per semester. The dues are used for club activities such as trips and supplies as well as to support the Business Week events. Some club activities this semester included touring local businesses, hosting guest speakers, and volunteer work.
   These activities also provide the opportunity to network with other students as well as business professionals from various fields. The club tries to expose students to different areas of business and encourages them to be lifelong learners.
   The overall goal of the Business Club, according to the faculty advisors, is to expose business students to the business environment in Aberdeen as well as prepare them for their future careers. The events do provide networking opportunities, but the meetings provide networking opportunities as well.
   Students can gain leadership experience by becoming a club officer. The club provides several  opportunities to help students expand their networking and other professional skills as they prepare to enter their career choice beyond college.
   Dr. Bockorny and Mathern agree that the best part of the club is “Getting to know students from all disciplines and watch them grow through involvement in the club.” They help orchestrate all the events and provide support for any student who may need their assistance.
   As they both commented, “The skills you gain in Business Club prepare you for your future career.” So look for a poster advertising the next meeting and don’t miss out on your opportunity to network.

Sabrina Mount