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Barshop Excellence Professor in Entrepreneurship

Dr. Jana Minifie is the Barshop Excellence Professor in Entrepreneurship. She also serves as the Director for the Service-Learning Excellence Program for Texas State. Her passion is working with budding and current entrepreneurs in achieving their entrepreneurial dreams. She has been teaching in the entrepreneurial program for about 15 years. Within the entrepreneurial program, she has taught MGT 3361 Small Business Operations and Financials, MGT 3362 Family Business and Franchising, MGT 4350 Business Plan Development, MGT 4351 Applied entrepreneurship, and MGT 4353 Integrated Field Project. 

Dr. Minifie also teaches non-academic courses and/or workshops. She is a facilitator for Profit Mastery, a program that assists small business owners to understand financial statements and be more successful. She recently presented “Lean Canvas: A Guide to Business Startup” for the Small Business Festival in Austin, TX. She has been on the organizing team for 3-Day Startup, Women Entrepreneurial Week, Mermaid Society’s Entrepreneurial Symposium, and San Marcos Chamber’s Board of Directors and Chair of their Business Advisory Board. She organized and developed guidelines for the first Matt and Jodi Edgar Business Plan Competition. She has conducted special business plan workshops for non-entrepreneurial concentration management majors. She has been a faculty advisor for entrepreneurial student organizations. Her students won the first 3 years of the Texas Rural Business Plan Competition. Twice, her teams won 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. She is a judge for the Baylor New Venture Business Plan Competition. She and her students presented at three different Texas Governor’s Small Business Forum. She has written several grants as the entrepreneurial lead. Her research is also in the area of entrepreneurship. She recently won the best paper award for her research paper presented at the Small Business Institute Conference. 

Service-Learning Excellence (SLE) Program captures the academic community impact of courses and programs across Texas State University. Through the SLE Program, she has grown the number of Service-Learning (SL) hours over 5000% in the first 7 semesters. This year, Texas State’s SL programs will exceed $1 million in SL hours. The McCoy College of Business social entrepreneurial team (and Management Entrepreneurial majors), Cultivate (Mitchell Johnston, Cristian Staalenburg, and Alexis Cornelius), won the Student SL Video competition in May 2018. Although many of our SL projects serve individuals and non-profits, there is an increasing trend of SL projects to incorporate entrepreneurship programs that have a critical (long-term) SL component that successfully transfer knowledge into products and processes that benefit society, as demonstrated by the Cultivate team.