Most students can think through problems and solutions. Successful students can turn those solutions into reality.

In a city nationally recognized for its creative entrepreneurs and robust startup presence, The Center for Entrepreneurship and Community Development (CECD) puts students at the heart of entrepreneurship in America.

Our emphasis on real-world experience ensures that those in the Entrepreneurial minor, or MBA specialization, spend more time learning the skills needed to create a successful venture than they do sitting behind a desk.

For students ready to leave college with valuable experience on their resume, the CECD offers hands-on training in one of the nation's best cities for young entrepreneurs.


2019 Summer Master Class Information

Taught by professionals at the top of their field, the Loyola Entrepreneur Master Classes are a set of four deep dives series that explore a specific area of business expertise. The classes are designed to fit the needs of local entrepreneurs to help them scale and, in many cases, become more investment-ready. 



- Deconstructing Government Opportunities for the Entrepreneur series instructed by Caitlin Cain, Entrepreneur and former CEO of the World Trade Center

Areas of expertise: how to find contracts, navigating the contract process and regulatory barriers, procurement resources, and more.

Monday, July 8 | Monday, July 15 | Monday, July 22 | Monday, July 29


- Entrepreneurial Marketing series instructed by Tarik Sedky, Founder and President of Agency Pure

Areas of expertise: how to position your company, how to grow your digital presence/footprint, B2B vs. B2C marketing, ROI and measurement, and more. NOTE: Class starts early on July 2.

Tuesday, July 2 | Tuesday, July 16 | Tuesday, July 23 | Tuesday, July 30


- Entrepreneurial Selling series instructed by Jane Cooper, serial entrepreneur and Founder/former President and CEO of Patient Care

Areas of expertise: turning your target market into real revenue and customer acquisition through successful sales strategies.

Tuesday, August 6 | Tuesday, August 13 | Tuesday, August 20 | Tuesday, August 27


- Startup Funding series instructed by Mike Eckert, Chairman of the NO/LA Angel Network

Areas of expertise: types of funding, funds appropriate for your business, investment-readiness criteria, one-on-one workshopping, and more.

Wednesday, August 7 | Wednesday, August 14 | Wednesday, August 21 | Wednesday, August 28


*An additional Accounting series will be offered on Monday evenings in August. Details to follow.



The Master Class series can be taken as a whole series (four sessions over four weeks) or a la carte (one session within a four-week series). The fee for each a la carte class is $350 per session or $1,000 for all four classes in the series. All class fees can be tax-deductible.

Following participation, entrepreneurs will receive access to recorded video materials as well as a post-baccalaureate certificate from Loyola University New Orleans. The deadline to register for the July series is Friday, June 28. The deadline to register for the August series is Friday, August 2. Space is limited due to high demand; it is recommended to register early to reserve a spot.

To register, email us at Payment due upon registration.