According to the United Small Business Administration Web site, women business owners are critically important to the American economy. America's 9.1 million women-owned businesses employ 27.5 million people and contribute $3.6 trillion to the economy.
The M.B.A. program at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business was ranked #1 by management consulting industry recruiters in The Wall Street Journal/Harris Interactive Guide to Business Schools, published September 22.
Nearly 20 years after the launch of the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland, a new strategy launches to foster the entrepreneurial spirit in the Smith community. Pitch Dingman builds on the Dingman business development process of Ideation, Assessment, Implementation, and Iteration by creating a regular forum where aspiring entrepreneurs can pitch their business ideas to a panel of experienced scholars.
The Smith School, Michigan State University, University of Michigan, University of Georgia, Baylor University, and Georgia State University teams were competing for a $15,000 grand prize awarded to the winner of the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) Annual Case Competition an event annually sponsored by DaimlerChrysler Corporation since 1992.
Leaders for the Digital Economy was adopted as the Smith Schools tag line in 2003.