Youngest Female Contractor in Massachusetts Is Making Bold Moves

When Bardhi began her education at Stonehill, she was drawn to classes that complemented her early business experience. In her sophomore year, she decided to create her own entrepreneurship major as part of the interdisciplinary studies program. She is now the youngest female contractor in Massachusetts.

Program Overview 

All students at the College – business and non-business majors alike – are eligible to participate in the Entrepreneurship minor program. 

The coursework required for the Entrepreneurship minor starts with core business topics – including accounting, finance and marketing principles – and leads to a focus on the fundamentals of entrepreneurship and small business. Electives enable students to pursue specific interests and include the opportunity for real world experience via an internship with a small business. 

Gain the In-Demand Skills to Succeed as an Entrepreneur  

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, family-owned businesses account for 90 percent of all businesses in the United States.  

The liberal arts foundation of a Stonehill education assists in building the characteristics and skills commonly associated with successful entrepreneurs: 

  • Creativity 
  • Confidence in taking risks 
  • Independent thinking 
  • The ability to communicate and inspire 

Beyond the technical knowledge important to the chances for long-term success, the program emphasizes important soft skills to insure success including team building, communications (both with customers and partners) and problem solving. 

Sample Courses

Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship and Small Business

BUS 358
A case study course which concentrates on the underlying rationale for starting a business, the methods and techniques involved in initiating and leaving a business venture, and the ongoing problems encountered in managing a business activity. The student is given practical exposure to entrepreneurship through guest speakers, casework, and projects.

Entrepreneurial Finance

BUS 429
This course is intended for students interested in the often-mysterious and often-misunderstood world of venture capital. Unlike the study of Corporate Finance that focuses on the financial decision-making of large public corporations, this course will focus on the study of the financing of small and medium-sized businesses from the perspective of both the entrepreneur and the venture investor. These concepts are explored through lectures, readings, case studies, and class/group discussions.

Digital Marketing and Entrepreneurial Strategies

BUS 443
The course discusses digital marketing strategies and electronic commerce including the process of buying and selling goods, providing services and managing information over networks and within organizations. It covers the marketing of goods and services using digital channels and tools including websites, social media and mobile applications. The course also covers major considerations for entrepreneurs and small business owners when choosing and using technology.

Partnerships & Special Programs

Stonehill College has developed academic affiliations with colleges and universities that enable our students to augment the degree they earn at Stonehill with graduate and undergraduate degrees that further enhance their opportunities.

Pair Your Degree With a Master's Degree in Business

The Skyhawk Accelerated Dual Degree allows Stonehill students to earn a bachelor's degree and master's degree in five years. Eligible students receive early and expedited admission to their graduate program of interest and can begin working toward a master's degree in marketing or data analytics during their senior year.

Contact Information

Michael G. Mullen

Michael G. Mullen

Associate Professor of Business Administration, SCIFI Executive Director, Entrepreneurship Program Director