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December 8, 2020

Business students reflect on value of internship experiences

Sara Bendix (’20, Healthcare Management) talks about her experience as an intern at Aspirus Keweenaw

Some of the most important lessons Finlandia’s International School of Business students learn don’t come from the classroom. They happen during internships.

According to one source, only 12 percent of American business schools require their students to participate in an internship. Finlandia BBA students are in this unique group as most complete an internship during their junior or senior year. In some cases, if [...]

October 29, 2020

Student Spotlight: Kevin Danks, International Business Major

Kevin Danks is a transfer student at Finlandia University, majoring in International Business at the International School of Business. Communications work-study, Amanda Staege, recently interviewed him about his decision to transfer to Finlandia and what it’s like studying business at FinnU. 

Where are you from? Where did you graduate from high school?

I moved from the Lower Peninsula two years ago, from a city called Ludington. I’m originally from a city [...]

March 27, 2020

Students Encouraged To Grow Entrepreneurial Skills with the SmartZone SmartStart Program

 

Students at Finlandia University with a business idea are highly encouraged to apply for the free MTEC SmartStart SmartZone program to develop essential entrepreneurial skills. The SmartZone’s approach is designed to educate and guide entrepreneurs through the process of validating and growing their idea. Upon completion of the program, students will have a more in-depth understanding of what it takes to create a manage a sustainable business.

“For Finlandia students or students in general, this program does a great job of [...]

Business Professional's of America Group of five students smiling
February 18, 2020

Area High School Students Experience Business Day at Finlandia

On Thursday, February 13 the International School of Business hosted 60 students from six area high schools for a “Business Day at Finlandia.” The event, held at the Finnish American Heritage Center, was organized to introduce high school students to the world of business and to give them a taste of the opportunities that a career in business provides. Business Day at Finlandia was organized by the Finlandia chapter of Business Professionals of America (BPA) to coincide [...]

February 3, 2020

FinnU Business Professionals of America to Host Business Day event for local students

The Finlandia Business Professionals of America (BPA) is inviting all local high school and college students to attend its Business Day event on Thursday February 13 from 10am-2pm at the Finnish American Heritage Center.

The day is part of Business Professionals of America week, which seeks to raise awareness about BPA and encourage more students to become involved.

“BPA Week, February 10-14, is celebrated around the country where members of the Business Professionals of America host events where students can [...]

Business Networking Students
December 4, 2019

Business Students Practice Networking Skills with Local Business Professionals

On Thursday, November 21, first-year business students participated in a networking workshop with local business people and other working professionals. The event was part of assistant professor of sports management Steve Nordstrom’s BUS 138 Fundamentals of Business course.  The purpose of the exercise was to allow students to practice their networking skills and to learn to communicate and converse with business professionals.

“In addition to making me feel more comfortable in approaching and talking to business people, it [...]

November 19, 2019

Legislative Director from Michigan House of Representatives Meets with Finlandia Students

The relationship between government and business is not something that is always understood by the general public or even business people.  Chris Hatton, Legislative Director at the Michigan House of Representatives, recently spoke to FinnU business students about the importance of this relationship.  

The government assists business development in a number of ways. This includes providing grants to individual businesses, tax incentives, loans through the Small Business Administration (SBA) and more.

Hatton gave an example of a [...]

Taste of Success Steve Szuber Alumni
October 7, 2019

Building Effective Personal Relationships Key to Success in Business

Former NAFTA Regional Lead at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles speaks with Finlandia students

 

With a successful career at Fiat Chrysler now behind him, alumnus Stephen Szuber (’77) understands that much of his success depended on his ability to work with people and develop successful professional relationships. That was one of the topics he discussed when he recently spoke to students as part of the Taste of Success alumni lecture series hosted by University External Relations.

Szuber spent over [...]

Taste of Success Stephen Szuber
September 24, 2019

Former Fiat Chrysler NAFTA Regional Lead, Stephen Szuber (’77) to Present at Oct. Taste of Success

Alumnus Stephen Szuber (’77) is set to present on the topic international business at the next A Taste of Success on Thursday, Oct. 3 in Mannerheim Central from 12 to 1 p.m.

Szuber served as the NAFTA Regional Lead for Fiat Chrysler for several years until his recent retirement. He currently resides in Shelby Township, MI and serves as Vice President of the Finlandia Alumni Board and is an active member of the Suomi Roomies alumni group. In his retirement, [...]

Walker Enstad Alumni
May 15, 2019

International Business alumnus Walker Enstad (’17) finds success at Freud America

Walker Enstad (’17), an alumnus of the International Business program in the International School of Business, shares some insight into life after college and what he enjoyed most about attending Finlandia. While at FinnU, Enstad was a goalie for the Men’s Hockey team, interned in the Marketing & Communications department, and graduated on the Dean’s List with a 3.94 GPA. He currently works as a District Sales Manager for 1 2 3

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