Charles F. Dolan School of Business: Dolan School opens mentoring enterprise, FAME

Charles F. Dolan School of Business: Dolan School opens mentoring enterprise, FAME

In October 2013, the Dolan School launched the new Fairfield University Accelerator and Mentoring Enterprise (FAME), a unique business accelerator program that is a collaboration of the School of Business, the Town of Fairfield Economic Development Department, and Kleban Properties.

The accelerator seeks to help budding innovators and idea makers become successful entrepreneurs and business owners by supplying them with tools and resources, including office space, technology resources, workshops, discounted services, and mentoring from Dolan School faculty and the area business community. Winners of the Dolan School Business Plan Competition, now entering its fourth year, can apply to be clients of the Accelerator, providing a way to develop their business plans after graduating from Fairfield.

The grand opening was held at the FAME suite in downtown Fairfield, near the University Bookstore. Special guests included Catherine Smith, commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development; University President Rev. Jeffrey P. von Arx, S.J.; Michael Tetreau, first selectman of Fairfield; Al Kleban and Ken Kleban, who provided space for the Accelerator; State Sen. John P. McKinney; Rep. Kim Fawcett; Rep. Brenda Kupchick; and Mark S. Barnhart, director of Community and Economic Development for the Town of Fairfield.

FAME’s first clients, who were introduced at the opening ceremony, included a specialty bakery and a green living consulting firm.

Dr. Donald E. Gibson, dean of the Dolan School, said, “There are many incubators in the state. Many are University-run, some are commercial enterprises, some driven by cities. This accelerator is different. It is a true partnership between a University, the town of Fairfield, and the business community. This initiative represents a new model in how collaboration can help to foster vital economic growth ideas for Fairfield County and beyond.”


Dolan School highlights
• Bloomberg Businessweek named the Dolan School’s undergraduate program among the top 100 for the second year in a row. Moreover, the program jumped 25 places—from 83 to 58—on the much-anticipated annual list. In addition, the Dolan’s MBA graduate program ranked among the top 100 part-time MBA programs after the school applied to the rankings for the first time.

• The Dolan School hosted two prominent business lectures: John Sculley, former CEO of Apple and President of Pepsi, spoke on “Globalization: The Future of American Brands”; and Kenneth G. Langone, president and CEO of Invemed Associates, LLC, and co-founder of The Home Depot, Inc., was the 2014 speaker for the Dolan Lecture Series. The prominent investment banker and philanthropist’s talk was titled, “Investing for the Long Term.”

• The Dolan School enhanced its Professional Development Series, a comprehensive program designed to give undergraduate business student a competitive edge in a challenging job market. For each academic year, students attend specific events designed to help them gain the necessary knowledge, skills, and networking strategies to leverage their academic business education. Programming associated with the series includes resume-writing and interviewing workshops, lectures with prominent business leaders, and one-on-one networking with Dolan School Advisory Board members.

• Dolan School of Business faculty maintained a strong research output, with 53 peer-reviewed articles published, 44 conference presentations made, and increasing media attention.