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Welcome to the Center For Entrepreneurship!

The Center for Entrepreneurship (CFE) has been a courageous venture, much like a new enterprise. In 1973, Dr. Sid Gautam, who was then chair of the Department of Economics and Business Administration at Methodist College, founded the CFE with a mission to help entrepreneurs as they explore new frontiers of opportunity while promoting, creating, and preserving wealth.

For the last 39 years, the CFE has recognized over 300 entrepreneurs: "movers and shakers" from all parts of North Carolina who believe in America's free market economy.

As a community resource for entrepreneurs, students, minorities, small business owners, and business people in Eastern North Carolina, the CFE provides educational experiences, networking opportunities, and recognition through business awards. All our programs reflect the depth and breadth of our dedication to help these people attain their goals and objectives of becoming the best and brightest in their fields.

At the end of the Spring 2012 semester, Dr. Gautam retired. In June, the University announced that Marty V. Cayton (right) would succeed Dr. Gautam as the Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship.

Cayton, a 1990 MU alumnus, is owner and president of Amerizon, Inc. Along with the directorship comes an appointment as an assistant professor of business administration. Methodist University plans on expanding its educational offerings in entrepreneurship, taking advantage of a minor in entrepreneurship available to students interested in going into business.

Cayton has been very active with the Center for Entrepreneurship for the last six years and also sits on the advisory board for the CFE. In 2009, the CFE named him Economics and Business Alumnus of the Year, and this year his company won the CFE's American Business Ethics Award.