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Entrepreneurial Leadership Circle

The Entrepreneurial Leadership Circle (ELC) supports entrepreneurial education at the McColl School of Business and fosters 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 represents 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.

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 an 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).

Contact Us

If you are interested in becoming a member of the ELC, please contact Terry Broderick, lecturer in business administration, (, 704-688-2726).