Seminars & Programs

Small Business Seminar

Hillsdale College's Department of Economics and Business Administration offers a student seminar detailing the essential steps in planning, operating and managing a small business. The seminar is typically held for 5 days during the Christmas recess. Participants successfully completing the seminar earn 3-credit hours and receive a reduced tuition in the form of a scholarship from a generous donor.

Areas of Seminar Instruction Include:

  • Leadership and Management
    • Keys to Success
    • Strategy and Structure
    • Preparation of a Business Plan for Your Business
  • Marketing Your Business
    • Developing a Marketing Plan for Your Business
  • Legal and Tax Strategies
    • Legal Structures
    • Tax Planning
  • The Financial Plan for Your Business
    • How and Where to Fund Your Business
  • The Human Resource Function of Your Business
    • Recruiting, Staffing and Personnel Skills

Hillsdale faculty members and invited business professionals teach the classes. Students select a company and learn to develop and implement a business development plan.

Plan to take advantage of this excellent and affordable opportunity to learn the necessary skills to open and manage your own business. For further information, please call Dr. Susan King at (517) 607-2416 or email her.

Executive Speakers Program

The Executive Speakers Program brings executives in business and industry to the Hillsdale campus and gives students and faculty the opportunity to hear first-hand the lessons of these business leaders.
Recent Speakers

  • Paul Hogan of Omaha, Nebraska

Paul Hogan is the Co-Founder and Chairman of Home Instead, Inc., a network of nearly 1,000 franchise offices and 65,000 caregivers that provide in-home services to seniors that enable them to live safely and comfortably in their own homes.  Mr. Hogan served as a delegate to the White House Conference on Aging in 2005 and was named the Entrepreneur of the Year for 2006 by the International Franchise Association.

  • George Seaberg of Davenport, Iowa

George Seaberg is the founder of Seaberg Industries, Inc., a small machining and manufacturing company that successfully competed on a global scale despite a recession in the 1970s.  He began his company in the basement of his home and built it up to employ 120 workers.

  • Vince Benedetto of Hawley, Pennsylvania

Vince Benedetto is the Founder, President, and CEO of Bold Gold Media Group, which owns and operates nine radio stations and multiple digital media platforms throughout Pennsylvania and New York.  Mr. Benedetto has been recognized by several regional organizations as a "Top Young Entrepreneur" and serves on the board of directors for many regional and national broadcast associations.

  • Niles Emerick of Denver, Colorado

Niles Emerick is a Training and Development Field Manager for Apple and has spent the last ten years leading professional and community teams in domestic and international settings.  Niles is also a contributing writer for TNGG and serves as the founder of the Denver philanthropic group, the Highland Bulls.

  • Vincent J. Naimoli of Tampa, Florida

Vincent Naimoli is the Chairman Emeritus and Founder of the Tampa Bay Rays, a $250-million-a-year entity that brought Major League Baseball to Midwestern Florida.  Mr. Naimoli is nationally recognized as a corporate turnaround specialist and was voted 1995 Florida Entrepreneur of the Year in that category.

Previous Speakers

  • Ned Timmons '70, President of L.S.S. Consulting and former FBI undercover operative, Walled Lake, Michigan
  • Rob McNish, director of McKinsey & Co., Washington, D.C.
  • Aaron Veldheer '01, Vice-President of Media Partnerships at Intersport, Chicago, Illinois.
  • Mark A. Murray, president of Meijer, Inc., Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Philip L. Zeller, partner of Ralph Nichols Group, Inc., Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
  • Terry S. Galanis, Jr. '69, president of Sealing Devices, Inc., Lancaster, New York
  • Donald R. McNeely, Ph.D., president of Chicago Tube and Iron and professor at Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois
  • Steve Parker '73, owner and president of Rush Transportation/Logistics, Inc., Dayton, Ohio
  • Chuck Stetson, chairman of Essentials in Education and managing director of PEI Funds, New York, New York
  • Kirk M. Cordill, '92, managing director and CEO of BMW Group Financial Services in China
  • Pamela J. Lowe, '80, corporate communications consultant with extensive experience in developing and directing comprehensive communication programs to drive corporate image and promote strategic business goals, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Joseph C. Chocola, '84, president and CEO of the Club for Growth, America's leading limited-government, free-enterprise political advocacy group, Bristol, Indiana. He was an Indiana Congressman from 2003 to 2007
  • Kenneth Whipple, chairman of the Board of Consumers Energy Company, Jackson, Michigan
  • Jack Shewmaker, executive consultant recognized internationally for his retailing expertise. He retired as an officer of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Bentonville, Arkansas
  • Jack Kahl, president of Jack Kahl & Associates of Avon Lake, Ohio. He is also the creator of Duck® tape.
  • Katherine E. Doner, president of Doner Fundraising, Austin, Texas.
  • Robert L. Luddy, president and CEO of CaptiveAire, Raleigh, North Carolina
  • David R. Giroux, '98, vice president of T. Rowe Price, Inc. and T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc., Baltimore, Maryland
  • David M. Armstrong, president and CEO of Armstrong International, Inc., Stuart, Florida
  • Bruce E. Thomsen, president and CEO of Asia Millennium Investments, Inc., Irvine, California
  • Miroslav Andrew Simo, president and founder or New Archery Products which reigns as the industry's premier archery accessory manufacturer, Forest Park, Illinois
  • Walter "Trip" Howell III, '80, an international director for the Washington, DC, operations of Jones Lang LaSalle, the largest commercial real estate firm in the world
  • Edward Peper Jr., '84, division general manager of Chevrolet, Detroit, Michigan
  • Michael Carnock, '84, founder of PDC, Inc., Columbia, Maryland, a land development company.
  • Aaron Kennedy, founder and chairman of Noodles & Company, Boulder, Colorado, a high-growth, national chain of quick casual restaurants that features freshly sautéed noodle dishes from around the world
  • PJ Osgood, '95, co-owner of It's Just Lunch!, Chicago, Illinois, a premier dating service that specializes in low-pressure dates for busy and high-achieving professionals
  • Karlis Mateus, '81, president of Performance Systematix, Inc. in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
  • JoAnne Shaw, founder and president of The Coffee Beanery, Ltd., Flushing, Michigan
  • Mark R. Taylor, president and CEO of St. John Hospital and Medical Center, Detroit, Michigan.
  • John R. Hantz, CEO of the Hantz Group, a financial holding company located in Southfield, Michigan
  • Katherine Fischer, retired, Capital City Moving and Storage, Inc., Kansas.
  • Robert Eastman, owner of Gorilla, Inc., Eastman Outdoors and Quick-Save Convenience Stores, Flushing, Michigan
  • William R. Sauey, chairman of Nordic Group of Companies, Baraboo, Wisconsin
  • Dennis Foley, ’72, Green Beret, Hollywood screenwriter/consultant and novelist now living in Whitefish, Montana
  • George F. Kettle, former regional owner of Century 21 Realty, Washington, D.C.
  • John McIntyre, co-founder and former CEO of Health Care Microsystems, Inc., California
  • W. Robert Stover, chairman and founder of Westaff, Inc., California.
  • Christopher Long, Chief Operating Officer of Friess Associates, LLC, Wilmington, Delaware.