OCE Entrepreneurship Blog

The Ozmen Center for Entrepreneurship (OCE) blog provides valuable insights from individuals and entities within the entrepreneurship ecosystem and enhances communications with and between our stakeholders, supporters and partners.

We extend an invitation to anyone interested in submitting content for this blog to please reach out to the OCE with proposed content.  We are especially interested in topics related to: a) entrepreneurship education, b) startup and early growth success stories, c) specific business launch and/or growth challenges and how they were overcome, d) resources and opportunities available to entrepreneurs, e) startup team-building and f) any other topics that may be of interest to entrepreneurship students, educators, supporters, and/or practitioners.

Latest Blog Posts

July 27, 2021 | StartUpNV: Nevada's only state-wide startup accelerator and business incubator

StartUpNV is a 501(c)3 non-profit state-wide business incubator and accelerator for "home grown" Nevada start-ups - and those considering locating in Nevada to grow. Their ecosystem of founders, mentors, University connections, investors, and business partners work together to support member companies. Learn about the programs they offer to investors and entrepreneurs.


June 30, 2021 | Rural Entrepreneurship

In the past 10 years, there has been a boom in entrepreneurship in Northern Nevada due in large part to leaders at the College of Business and EDAWN. Programs like the University's Sontag Entrepreneurship Competition have inspired students to pitch business ideas for the chance to earn prize money to kickstart companies. In November 2020, in the middle of a pandemic, rural Nevada entrepreneurs had their first opportunity to participate in a rural pitch competition.

Rural Entrepreneurship BLOG POST

May 11, 2021 | Innovative Air Service Builds Entrepreneurial Linkages 

How important to the Reno-Tahoe entrepreneurial infrastructure is JSX air service between Reno and Oakland? Try this: I walked out the front door of my house in midtown Reno at 8:30 in the morning, drove over to the east side of Reno-Tahoe International Airport and strolled onto a JSX flight. At 10:30, just two hours later, I walked into a meeting in downtown Berkeley. And I hadn’t burned up any of my personal energy on the hassles of traditional air travel. No lines at TSA. No cattle-call boarding process. I was fresh and ready for a highly productive meeting. So, I’m thrilled that JSX will resume its service between Reno and Oakland on May 21.

Innovative Air Service Builds Entrepreneurial Linkages BLOG POST

March 24, 2021 | Alter Ego: When Individuals May Be Liable for Corporate Debts

Nevada encourages business ventures and entrepreneurism by allowing individuals to form corporations as a shield against personal liability. Generally, individuals are considered separate from the corporations they control. So, if a corporation fails to pay a debt, the corporation itself is liable, and not its individual owners or operators.  


February 19, 2021 | Biz Assembly: Modeling peer-to-peer mentorship

Mentorship refers to the guidance provided by a mentor, especially an experienced person in a company or educational institution. There are many different forms of mentorship available depending on the needs of the person, team or business seeking guidance. Peer mentoring is conducted between people who are at similar stages, in which one person has more experience than the other in a particular domain and can provide support as well as knowledge and skills transfer.      

Biz Assembly: Modeling Peer-topeer mentorship Blog Post

February 1, 2021 | From Ivory Tower to Real Business

“At some point you have to stop taking classes and simply go do it.” -- Rick Sontag speaking to University of Nevada, Reno students in the College of Business, 2012.

In a New York Times OpEd, David Brooks reflects on the mission of higher education: “technical and practical knowledge and skills for career preparation are important and necessary goals of higher education. But the best outcomes of a college experience go well beyond this…what collectively might be called “life and citizenship knowledge.”

From Ivory Tower to Real Business Blog Post

January 4, 2021 | Tenth Year - Sontag Entrepreneurship Competition

The College of Business and Ozmen Center for Entrepreneurship are about to begin the tenth Sontag Entrepreneurship Competition during Spring semester 2021.  A generous gift from Rick and Susan Sontag funded the endowment that provides the $50,000 annual award to the winning student team.  This award has played a significant role in encouraging UNR students interested in developing and pitching business concepts, often leading to the launch of new businesses.

Tenth Year - Sontag Entrepreneurship Competition Blog Post

November 30, 2020 | International Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium 2021

On March 8, 2021, the Ozmen Center for Entrepreneurship, in conjunction with the College of Business at the University of Nevada, Reno and a number of programs and entities within the University and the Nevada community, will host the International Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium 2021 (#IWES2021).  This will be the third annual IWES event and the first time the conference will be entirely virtual.  The event occurs in conjunction with the global celebration of International Women's Day.

International Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium 2021 Blog Post