Student Run Businesses:
Here at the John F. Welch College of Business, we understand the value of experience. This is why—in addition to the problem-based learning in class and the internships outside of class—we offer students the opportunity to run real businesses right here on campus.
In our student-run creamery, The Walnut Beach Creamery, Accounting and Finance students run the books, track inventory, and manage payroll. Our Marketing students create events, promotions, advertisements, store design, and branding. Our Management students oversee staffing, store flow, and work with the University on facilities and other issues.
Student managers work collaboratively to set pricing, interview, hire and supervise point-of-sale employees, maintain a website, create new flavors and products, conduct customer research, and operate the store four days a week. They also learn how to communicate with outside vendors, thanks to the cooperation from Susan Patrick, who owns and operates the Walnut Beach Creamery in Milford, and provides our store with ice cream orders.
Our second student-run business is called Heartfelt Designs, and is a campus-based philanthropic t-shirt business, and another learning vehicle for students. This business combines students in not only the John F. Welch College of Business, but Art and Design students from Humanities as well. The student team works together weekly to come up with marketing plans, designs, and financial statements and spreadsheets to build the business as much as we can. With advise from the advisors, we are able to grow, learn, and increase a multiple amount of skills that will help us after we graduate.
The mission of this student-run business: Heartfelt Designs supports Sacred Heart University mission related activities. We are a student-run business that donates 100% of profits to these initiatives.
These types of experiences give our students the edge when interviewing for internships and entry-level positions. It also adds a venue to apply content learned in classes, and gives our students familiarity with academic concepts and the confidence to relate and participate in class.