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Entrepreneurship Starts Here

Alex DeNoble will take Lavin Center ideas to the national stage.
By Hallie Jacobs

For more than thirty years, San Diego State University’s Lavin Entrepreneurship Center (formerly known as the Entrepreneurial Management Center) has served as an on-campus resource, taking student ideas and turning them into reality.

Alex DeNoble — who has been an integral part of the center since its inception — will take his experience and entrepreneurial spirit to the national level, as he was recently chosen as the president elect for the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

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Alex DeNoble

“The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center has received national attention, so people know who we are,” said DeNoble, a management professor and executive director of the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center. “I'm looking forward to working with our USASBE team to develop and disseminate best practices around entrepreneurship education.”

The position is a three-year commitment, beginning in January 2014. DeNoble will serve as the president elect until January 2015, when he will become the president of the organization for one year. In the final year, DeNoble will serve as immediate past president, where he will assist in the transitioning of the next president. He currently serves on the USASBE board as a director-at-large.

Esteemed organization

The United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship is the largest independent, professional, academic organization in the world dedicated to advancing the discipline of entrepreneurship.

With more than 1,000 members from universities and colleges, for-profit businesses, nonprofit organizations and the public sector, USASBE members are a diverse mix of professionals that share a common commitment to fostering entrepreneurial attitudes and behaviors.

The organization's mission is to provide the network to advance knowledge and foster business development through entrepreneurship education and research.

National stage

DeNoble is looking forward to using his position to encourage other universities to adopt cutting-edge entrepreneurial-based curriculum to develop our nation's next wave of student entrepreneurs.

“Our programs are designed to create impactful and meaningful experiences to help our students develop competencies to behave entrepreneurially,” DeNoble said.

As the president of the association, DeNoble is eager to use the success of SDSU's Lavin Entrepreneurship Center and entrepreneurship education as a national model for curriculum innovation.

"I'm always engaging with passionate entrepreneurship educators at other universities, and we're all in a friendly competition to push each other to expand the best practices of entrepreneurship," DeNoble said. "USASBE will continue to improve what we do in the area of entrepreneurship education and push the boundaries of entrepreneurship research."

About the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center

The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center at SDSU serves students, entrepreneurs and business leaders through its entrepreneurial curriculum, workshops, internships, resources and events.

"I can't wait to come into work every morning — we are working on so many innovative things to develop the next generation of entrepreneurs," DeNoble said. "All the programs, guest speakers and networking opportunities are driven by the mission to create the highest level of entrepreneurial capabilities in students, DeNoble said.