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    Combined business-law course takes top honours at national entrepreneurial conference

    When assigned to solve the dilemma of how a local start-up software company might get its product to market for a fourth-year combined business and law course, Alex George had to rely heavily on his own sense of creativity and innovation.

    “You’re not going to find answers to problems like that in a text book,” said George, a recent honours business graduate who’s now employed as a program administrator in the University’s
    Centre for Enterprise and Law, a renamed project which combines the Centre for Business Advancement and Research and the Intellectual Property Legal Information Network.

    The course, an experiential strategy seminar taught by business professor
    Francine Schlosser and Faculty of Law professor Myra Tawfik, brings together students from each faculty and requires them to help businesses solve problems ranging from improving efficiency and market share to intellectual property protection.

    Fostering that sense of creative problem solving in its students caught the attention of the
    Canadian Council of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, which awarded it for being the most innovative entrepreneurial education course in the country at its annual meeting last month in Calgary. The council will hold its annual conference in Windsor at the Odette School of Business next fall

    “They’re a great organization, so it was quite a compliment for us to win the award,” said Dr. Schlosser.

    Mike Unea, an MBA graduate and third-year law student, has been conducting research to find out if any other Canadian universities offer a course like this one.

    “The research isn’t done yet, but it seems that the Centre for Enterprise and Law is the only one that offers business and law in an experiential setting,” he said. “There’s no course like this. But it makes a lot of sense to bring together business and law students because neither can solve these problems on their own.”

    Besides the software project, George worked with a non-profit organization trying to improve its operational efficiency, a catering company trying to expand and a community outreach program trying to raise awareness about its services.

    He said the course forced him to be creative and innovative, and finding real-world solutions improved his confidence and maturity.

    “It’s an experience unlike any text book course,” said George, who actually took the course a second time because he enjoyed it so much.

    The course will be offered again in the winter term. Interested senior business and law students should contact the professors at either
    fschloss@uwindsor.ca or mjt@uwindsor.ca.

    — Stephen Fields


    Mike Unea and Alex George examine files at the Centre for Enterprise and Law. Both men are involved with a fourth-year course which recently won top honours from the Canadian Council of Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

    Reproduced from the Daily News, November 12, 2010.