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Allan P. Kirby Center for Free Enterprise & Entrepreneurship

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Advocating and nurturing free enterprise as the foundation of freedom through discovery and motivation of entrepreneurial spirit and capacity.

Today's students will be entering a world in which change is the norm. Change is a way of life. And if the immediate past is any indication, the pace of change will continue to increase. Transition and change create opportunities.

The Allan P. Kirby Center for Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship is dedicated to the teaching of the principles of free enterprise and entrepreneurship. Although the Center is affiliated with the School of Business and Leadership, it is an independent center that serves the entire University, as well as local and state functions.

The Center develops courses, curricula, programs and activities for the undergraduate, graduate and continuing education students. The distinguished professor Dr. Jeffrey Alves and guest lecturers teach courses each semester and stress the real world application of classroom material. The close relationship between the Allan P. Kirby Center and the University's Small Business Development Center (SBDC) supports the offering of experience-based courses.

The Allan P. Kirby Center's goals are:

  • To encourage and enable students to understand the nature of free enterprise, value creation, and entrepreneurship  through curricular and experience-based activities
  • To develop, implement, and support programs that will enhance the entrepreneurial climate of Wilkes University and northeastern Pennsylvania
  • To foster dialog on the imperative of pursuing the constitutional goals of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness through the free enterprise system and entrepreneurship


Other programs and activities offered by the Center include special seminars and lectures, support for student business owners, and sponsorship of the University's Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) team.

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