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NSU’S College of Business to Participate in Women in Entrepreneurship Week


Women Entrepreneurship

NSU’s Huizenga College of Business to participate in Women in Entrepreneurship Week Oct. 13-20

FORT LAUDERDALE/DAVIE, Fla.Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship is participating in Women in Entrepreneurship Week October 13-20, an international collaboration of Colleges and Universities in 32 countries and 45 states. The goal is to provide opportunities and events designed to help give the next generation of female entrepreneurs the skills needed to be successful.

Through NSU’s Huizenga College of Business Women’s Success Series, a variety of presentations and programs will be held.

“The purpose of these programs is to help our female students be business leaders,” said Rita Shea-Van Fossen, Ph.D., assistant dean and associate professor of management in the Huizenga College of Business. “There’s strength in numbers and by celebrating with other colleges and universities across the globe we can increase knowledge and awareness.”

According to American Express’s 2018 State of Women-Owned Business Report, Florida is:

  • Number one in growth of women owned businesses;
  • Number three in the number women owned businesses, but;
  • 43rd in revenue for women owned businesses;
  • 88% of all women-owned businesses have revenues less than $100,000 in annual revenue.

“NSU’s Huizenga Business College has special programming during the Women in Entrepreneurship Week to help improve these numbers, specifically looking at how our female students who aspire to be the next generation of entrepreneurs can gain the knowledge and skills that will help their businesses grow,” said Shea-Van Fossen.

All events scheduled during the week are open to both male and female students at NSU. Some of the programs offered during the week include:

  • A lunch and learn series, Gender and Overconfidence: Evidence from the Kaufmann Firm Survey presented by Dr. Florence Neymotin, Ph.D., NSU Associate Professor of Economics.
  • Coaching Sessions with two members of NSU’s Entrepreneur in Residence program. Sue Ramanos, founder of CareerXchange, one of Florida’s largest employment and staffing companies and Kathy Chiu, managing partner of The FAN Fund, a Florida venture capitalist fund will coach students interested in entrepreneurship.

For details about these and other programs please click HERE.

According to Shea-Van Fossen the top industries for women owned business are “other services” (i.e. nail and hair salons), health care and social assistance (i.e. childcare and home health care) and professional, scientific and technical services (i.e. lawyers, accountants and architects). These industries tend to not have the revenue streams of other types of businesses like construction and manufacturing, which have a very low percentage of women-ownership.


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About Nova Southeastern University (NSU): Located in beautiful Fort Lauderdale, Florida, NSU is ranked among U.S. News & World Report’s Top 200 National Research Universities and is a dynamic, private research university providing high-quality educational and research programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and first-professional degree levels. Established in 1964, NSU now includes 16 colleges, the 215,000-square-foot Center for Collaborative Research, a private JK-12 grade school, the Mailman Segal Center for Human Development with specialists in Autism, the world-class NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, and the Alvin Sherman Library, Research and Information Technology Center, which is Florida’s largest public library. NSU has campuses in Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Miami, Miramar, Orlando, Palm Beach, and Tampa, Florida, as well as San Juan, Puerto Rico, while maintaining a presence online globally. Classified as a research university with “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, NSU is one of only 50 universities nationwide to also be awarded Carnegie’s Community Engagement Classification, and is also the largest private institution in the United States that meets the U.S. Department of Education’s criteria as a Hispanic-serving Institution. For more information, please visit


About the H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship: Serving more than 2,800 students, NSU’s H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in areas such as accounting, finance, human resource management, public administration, supply chain management and more. The college is housed in the five-story state-of-the-art Carl DeSantis Building on NSU’s main campus in Fort Lauderdale-Davie, Florida. Programs are also available at multiple locations and online. For more information, please visit:


October 15, 2018

Media Contact:
Julie Spechler