Entrepreneurship/Family Business


Why study Entrepreneurship/Family Business?

Given that 90 percent of all firms are considered small or medium enterprises and that small businesses produce the majority of new jobs, the entrepreneurship minor at UC's Carl H. Lindner College of Business (Lindner) provides excellent preparation for the world of business. Emphasis is placed on practical issues and interactions related to individual, social and corporate entrepreneurship. Students who add the entrepreneurship minor to another degree program may be interested in starting their own ventures. Many with this background are also well prepared to work for businesses and organizations that interact with small, entrepreneurial and family ventures on a regular basis.

Admission Requirements

Current Lindner students may add this minor to enhance their majors. Non-Lindner students already pursuing a baccalaureate degree in any college at the University of Cincinnati can add the minor to their program as long as they meet the following requirements:

  • Have 30 earned semester credit hours
  • Have at least a 3.0 University GPA and be enrolled in a four-year degree granting program
  • Complete at least 50 percent of all minor coursework in the Lindner College of Business
  • Earn a 2.0 in minor courses to be certified with the minor.

To apply for the minor, students should visit the Lindner Program Options site.

Students will be notified by email of their acceptance into the program and the process for registration in the Lindner classes required for the minor.

Entrepreneurship is a way of thinking and acting. People who are successful in entrepreneurial ventures have vision that they pursue with drive, determination and dedication. They seek to create solutions to problems using reason and logic. Working with abstract concepts, they work to figure out the relationships of one to another. They possess excellent communication skills and are able to exercise good time- and project-management skills. Entrepreneurs dream of possibilities, see opportunity often where others do not, take on challenges and persevere to achieve their goals.

While the aspiring entrepreneur will find this program quite appealing, it will also prepare students to work for larger businesses and support organizations that interact with small, entrepreneurial and family owned ventures. Coupling the entrepreneurship minor with another major enhances the student’s entrepreneurial or organizational career options. For instance, adding this minor to an information systems major could lead to work as an independent consultant or work for a larger firm servicing small, entrepreneurial and family owned ventures. Combining this minor with an accounting major could lead to opening an independent tax consulting business or a career with a larger accounting firm in its small and medium sized business division.

Success in today’s business environment is primarily driven by who students are and how they act. Accordingly, business education at Lindner focuses on the development of each student’s individual Professional, Academic, Character and Engagement (PACE) to ensure they can successfully pursue the personal and professional goals they are passionate about.


  • Classes in Lindner ensure that our students learn the professional communication skills they need to excel in today’s business environment.
  • Lindner’s Career Services team works with undergraduate students in developing resumes, learning interviewing techniques and obtaining the practical skills that fulfill the expectations of businesses.


  • Lindner students are distinct individuals with unique goals and interests, and that is why our curriculum ensures that students have a foundational understanding of the key business functions. The breadth of minors allows students to add a minor that will customize their education for added value.


  • Character means having the strength and conviction to both lead and work with teams made up of diverse social, cultural and economic viewpoints. Lindner business courses help students build these skills through hands-on, collaborative projects, often working with Cincinnati businesses.


  • Students’ lives and careers will be comprised of much more than just work. Community service, citizenship and organizational involvement are all key components of personal growth. In Lindner, students are encouraged to get involved in the things they care about via the 20-plus student organizations within the Lindner College of Business, the 300-plus organizations within the University of Cincinnati and ongoing partnerships with service organizations like the United Way of Greater Cincinnati.

Students who have been accepted to the minor will see the minor appear on their application for graduation. Students apply for graduation in the minor as they normally would for their bachelor’s degree.

Application Deadlines

Applications deadlines for the business minors follow the “application for change in college” dates.

Fall Semester – July 1                   

Spring Semester – November 1               

Summer Semester – March 1

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The UC Lindner College of Business has been accredited continuously since 1919 by AACSB International, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the premier accrediting agency for business colleges.

Contact Information

Matt Keaton
Carl H. Lindner Hall, Room 1352
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0020
(513) 556-7979

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Program Code: 22MIN-ENTR-MIN