Gannon University today dedicated the new Center for Business
Ingenuity at 900 State St. in the heart of Erie's central business
district. The Center will be home to the University's Dahlkemper
School of Business, Erie Technology Incubator (ETI) and Small
Business Development Center (SBDC), and will facilitate a robust
exchange of ideas between business students, faculty,
entrepreneurs, young and expanding businesses.
Designed in the manner of a modern corporate headquarters, the
Center incorporates classrooms, each with a digital dais and
dry-erase walls; a seminar room with easy-to-configure chairs and
tables; and a Business Information System Laboratory to promote
collaboration, data analysis and simulation with broadband internet
access for the movement of large datasets and six, 70-inch display
panels, two of which are interactive.
The Center will be the site of classes in the Dahlkemper School
of Business, including the Master of Business Administration and
Master of Public Administration programs and new programs in
healthcare management and supply chain management.
In addition to faculty offices, the Center is also home to
entrepreneurial ventures in the Erie Technology Incubator, a café
and soft-seating gathering areas for students, faculty and tenants.
The co-location of the three entities will facilitate a full
spectrum of services for young and expanding businesses,
SBDC consulting to help start a new business or expand an
ETI incubation and mentoring of entrepreneurial businesses.
Dahlkemper School of Business resources for student projects,
consulting, interns and employees.
an ecosystem for faculty and student-led businesses, as well as
The Center for Business Ingenuity also hosts the Integrated
Business Transformation Project. The key feature of this project is
the eight-week Technology Business Accelerator. It is for
entrepreneurs with technology-enabled businesses and was developed
jointly by ETI, SBDC and the Dahlkemper School of Business. The
entrepreneurs receive support from student teams and faculty. So
far, 40 entrepreneurial companies have participated in the
accelerator. The project is supported by a grant from the
Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and
also includes a microloan program administered in cooperation with
Bridgeway Capital and ErieBank. More information about the
accelerator and microloans can be found at www.erietech.org.
The glass curtain-walled building, with its dramatic, atrium
lobby, was given to the University by William C. Schettine, a
Chautauqua County, N.Y. businessman, and was renovated over the
past year. From this generous donation, $8.5 million was invested
for the benefit of students, faculty, entrepreneurs and businesses
in the Erie community and at Gannon.
Keith Taylor, Ph.D., president of Gannon University, said, "This
newest addition to Gannon's campus is a tribute to the University's
unwavering belief in the power of ingenuity. By opening this
presence in Erie's business district, we are sealing our commitment
to the people and economy of this community and of the region at
"The Center for Business Ingenuity is a place where we deliver
education to students, training to businesspeople, consulting to
entrepreneurs and growing businesses, and workspace and mentoring
to new technology-enabled companies," said W.L. Scheller II, Ph.D.,
dean of the College of Engineering and Business. "It's designed to
bring people together for the creation of new and exciting
businesses and careers in northwest Pennsylvania."