A national entrepreneurial education organization is moving its headquarters back to the state.
The U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship announced Monday that in the spring it will move its headquarters to UW-Whitewater from Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. From 1989 to 2006, the association was housed at UW-Madison before moving to Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Fla., according to the association's website.
UW-Whitewater officials say the move back to Wisconsin will strengthen the university's business education program and regional economic development. The offices of the organization's executive director and administrative assistant will be housed for the next three years in Hyland Hall, home to the school's College of Business and Economics.
"Everything we do is about enhancing innovation and fostering ideas into effective business propositions," said Christine Clements, dean of the college. "We are extremely excited to partner with USASBE to make a real difference in entrepreneurship for today's and tomorrow's business world."
The association, with over 1,000 members, is the largest independent, professional, academic organization in the world dedicated to entrepreneurship education, research and outreach. Its members include universities and colleges, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and public-sector entities.
"As an entrepreneurial, four-year state university with an applied research and teaching focus, UW-Whitewater represents our membership well and complements our strategic priorities," said Rebecca White, president of the association.
UW-Whitewater is known for its business school and its emphasis on entrepreneurship. The city and university collaborated to build the 130-acre Whitewater University Technology Park, which includes the $5.7 million, 38,000-square-foot Innovation Center that opened in 2011.