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