Elvis Stwart and Young

Owners of "Board In" Ashley Elvis (left ) and Casey Lewellyn Young (right) are joined by Dr. Liz Stewart.

About the Entrepreneurship Center

The Entrepreneurship Center is the brainchild of UofSC Aiken's Rebecca Barnwell and Mary Couls who pitched the idea at the university's first Shark 'Preneur competition in 2018. The center is a 500 sf room located in the School of Business and Education building. 

Aspiring entrepreneurs can research and discuss their ideas and receive real life business models and expert advice.

In addition to her duties as the university's 2020-2021 Executive-in-Residence, Dr. Liz Stewart consults with UofSC Aiken students, as well as faculty, staff and community members who are considering becoming an entrepreneur. In addition, the facility will soon have a curriculum that will assist with start-up businesses, as well as those businesses that need a 'refresh' or holistic assessment.

Ashley and Casey started Board In, a specialized charcuterie business in Aiken. While they had a passion for the business, it was still a 'weekend shop' until Dr. Stewart assisted the ladies with the A-Z's of entrepreneurship. "I can't believe the transformation of their business in a few months" shared Liz. "The small shop that Casey and Ashley started is now a thriving business in Aiken!"

Dr. Stewart will be offering one-on-one meetings as well as some virtual conferences throughout the year. Learn more about those by reading below. For more information, please email Dr. Stewart at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


E-Series 2021

The E-Series is a sequence of educational Zoom seminars aimed to help the first-time entrepreneur or a business owner who wants to expand and diversify his/her business.

Dr. Liz Stewart is the university’s Executive in Residence for the School of Business Administration. She is the president of Stewart and Associates, Inc., a management, training, and survey-consulting firm, which focuses on helping entrepreneurs.

There was overwhelming interest when she offered a pilot entrepreneurship session in the 2020 Fall Semester. The 2021 Spring Series launched in January and offers students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members engagement opportunities for entrepreneurs and their businesses. It will also align with the overall mission and strategic plan for UofSC Aiken’s School of Business Administration.

These E-Series sessions will take place the first Thursday of every month at 6:00 p.m. EST, January through June of 2021.

Click here to join E-series on Zoom

The list of topics is included below:

Date Topic Presenter

January 7

What is Your E-Idea?

How realistic is it? What is your proof of concept? How to set yourself up for success.

Dr. Stewart

February 4

Pricing 101

The Five Essential every Entrepreneur needs to understand about the finances of owning your own business. How to set price to cover the present and the future of your business.

Dr. Stewart

March 4

Marketing 101

How to survey the need of your market niche, and identify and understand the competition.

Dr. Stewart and Guest Speaker

April 1

E-Series Financing - Working with Your Banker

Is this a first-time loan are you expanding or diversifying? What do you really need to have ready? How does a banker make the decision to give you a loan?

Dr. Liz Stewart and Guest Speaker, Josh Booth

May 6

Staffing the Business

The who, what, where, why and how much to pay help.

Knowing the basics of HR including hiring, managing, and motivating staff.

Dr. Liz Stewart and Guest Speaker, + Faculty Member

June 3

When to Assess Your Business

How do you know you’re ready for the next step?

Developing a successful growth or transition plan. Is selling the business, adding locations, or franchising right for you?

Dr. Liz Stewart and Guest Speaker, Zane Christopher