In the fall
of 1996, two juniors were discussing the numerous business clubs
offered at UW Oshkosh. Rick Stratz and Brian Kleczewski felt these
clubs were not meeting the specific needs of entrepreneurial-minded
students. They wanted to create a club that would encourage the
development of entrepreneurs and business students, provide an open
environment for members to share their thoughts and ideas, and provide
a great environment for networking and building relationships with
other business students.
Rick and Brian
knew they could not accomplish this on their own. So with the guidance
of Dr. Tower and a core group of ten students they began discussing
ideas and putting together this new business club.
In the spring
of 1997, the club was officially recognized on campus and in the
College of Business Administration. On March 11, 1997, the first
executive board was voted into office as follows:
Dues were voted
on by all members. The amount was set for $20 per semester and $15
for the second semester (if paid up front). The club had a very
successful semester and in the fall of 1997 had 20 active members.
Entrepreneurs Society meets a need that is not currently being met
in other business clubs. This club is member driven and the members
really do have a say in what happens throughout the year.
of YES have graduated but it continues to be successful; forming
into one of the best clubs on the UW Oshkosh campus.
1998 YES Club President
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