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Entrepreneurial Leadership Circle

Fostering the spirit of entrepreneurship through education

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The Entrepreneurial Leadership Circle (ELC) supports entrepreneurial education at the McColl School of Business and to foster an entrepreneurial spirit throughout the Carolinas. Through scholarship support, mentoring, coaching and other enrichment opportunities like the Queens Pitch Competition, the ELC encourages entrepreneurial ventures of all sizes in an effort to stimulate economic growth.

The ELC was founded in the early 1990s by Hugh L McColl, Jr., and the late Dr. Billy O. Wireman. By 2003, the group began providing scholarship funds for McColl School students, and created additional membership benefits to add professional value to the ELC. Today, the ELC collectively represent a wide variety of industries and individuals. This diversity provides for unique and meaningful networking opportunities and creates a rich, dynamic benefit for the McColl School and its students.

"The ELC Scholarship has created access to advanced-level knowledge and skills for my career growth in the increasingly complex global business environment." —Carol Steen MBA '14 and ELC Scholarship Recipient

Membership Benefits

ELC members receive a variety of exclusive opportunities. All of these events afford quality networking opportunities with like-minded entrepreneurs as well as business and community leaders:

  • Participation in the ELC Series of educational events that include interactive discussion on a hot topic related to business and entrepreneurship, featuring business leaders as well as McColl School faculty
  • ELC's signature event—Carolinas Entrepreneur Hall of Fame dinner and induction ceremony at Quail Hollow Club
  • Opportunities to work with students as classroom presenters, mentors, judges and business plan evaluators through the McColl School's entrepreneurship courses
  • Invitation to the McColl School's Leaders in Action Series, featuring nationally-recognized CEOs and top managers discussing aspects of leadership (four to six times a year)

Joining the ELC

Our membership base is limited to 100 leading local entrepreneurs in the Carolinas, or those committed to fostering entrepreneurship in their businesses and beyond. Membership in the Entrepreneurial Leadership Circle is a $1,000 annual, tax-deductible gift ($825). Our funds provide fellowships for McColl School MBA candidates. Two fellowships—the Billy O. Wireman Fellowship and the ELC Development Award—are granted to at least seven students each year who demonstrate an interest and concentration in entrepreneurship. In addition, funds are used to provide member events and benefits.

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Learn More

Interested in becoming a member of the ELC? Contact Terry Broderick, lecturer in business administration, at broderit@queens.edu, or 704-688-2726.

Carolinas Entrepreneurial Hall of Fame

Queens McColl School of Business, along with the Entrepreneurial Leadership Circle, proudly established the Carolinas Entrepreneur Hall of Fame in July 2010 to honor the individuals whose legacies still shape today's business and economy throughout the Carolinas and beyond. 

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