On May 6, 2013, the John B. Goddard School of Business & Economics said goodbye to its matriarch, Geraldine Goddard. She was 92.
Geraldine Goddard brought grace, style and enthusiasm to every organization she supported. Weber State University is lucky that she and her husband chose to support its business school, the John B. Goddard School of Business & Economics.
Funeral services for Geraldine Goddard will be held at Lindquist's Ogden Mortuary on Friday, May 10, 2013. More information may be found here.
Weber Entrepreneurs Association is Born
In 2004 the future of Weber State University and its entrepreneurial minded students changed forever. That was the summer that Brian McDonald, a student in the John B. Goddard School of Business & Economics, approached the dean with the idea of creating an "entrepreneurship club." Brian's vision was to create a place where students could be exposed to entrepreneurial ventures and ideas while attending classes at Weber State University.
The dean liked Brian's idea and gave him a small budget for pizza. Just like that Weber Entrepreneurs Association (WEA) was born.
When classes started again in August 2004, Brian didn't have a lot to offer other than pizza, promises and a place for entrepreneurial minded students to gather, but it was enough to recruit a dozen talented and ambitious leaders to help lay the foundation for the WEA. The students worked hard to recruit others, and before Brian and his friends knew it the WEA had doubled in size. The WEA formed an advisory board, organized networking meetings, and worked with local entrepreneurs to create scholarship opportunities for students at Weber State University. A local venture capital firm also approached Brian with the idea of using WEA students to screen and perform due diligence for start-ups seeking funding. Before he knew it, Brian was helping the WEA screen hundreds of business proposals for Grow Utah Ventures.
Almost ten years later the WEA is still screening business proposals and identifying funding worthy start-ups for Grow Utah Ventures. This practical, hands-on experience, has helped students utilize the management, marketing and finance skills they have learned in the classroom. WEA club members are also constantly exposed to what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur and encouraged to apply what they have learned to their own business ideas.
Many have found incredible success. WEA members have competed in business plan competitions like Opportunity Quest, they have gone through training programs with business accelerators, and they have gone on to great careers in accounting, business, finance and sales.
The Weber Entrepreneurs Association is more than just pizza, promises and a place to gather. It - like many great businesses - started as a great idea that evolved in to an organization that adds value to Weber State University.