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Article Published: Mar. 29, 2012 | Modified: Mar. 29, 2012

The Walker College of Business at Appalachian State University held a ribbon cutting Friday for its new Transportation Insight Center for Entrepreneurship.

Speakers included Transportation Insight CEO Paul Thompson and Walker College of Business Dean Randy Edwards.

The center will expand resources and tools, so that emerging entrepreneurs can develop the skills they need to start their own businesses and drive the economy.

The Transportation Insight Center for Entrepreneurship was made possible by a private, $1 million gift.

The center is housed in Raley Hall in a 1,700-square-foot, contemporarily designed space that will include four offices, student lounge, meeting area and incubator office space to support students trying to launch their own businesses.

The center will also support outreach services, programming and student travel to entrepreneurship competitions.

“This gift will be truly transformational for entrepreneurship education at Appalachian,” said Randy Edwards, dean of the Walker College of Business.

“Transportation Insight is a great company and it is a pleasure to partner with them on this project that will benefit our students who have a shared dream of starting their own business,” he said.
With a desire to mentor and foster entrepreneurial spirit, Transportation Insight hopes the new center will enhance Appalachian’s reputation as a premier institution for entrepreneurship.

“We are honored to participate in the development of these future entrepreneurs,” said Transportation Insight Chief Strategy Officer Chris Baltz. “Their creativity and ingenuity will ultimately enable them to contribute to high growth businesses and create value for the American economy. That’s a real and measurable impact for emerging leaders in the entrepreneurial world of innovation and sustainability.”

In addition to the support provided by the center, Walker College offers a B.S.B.A. degree in management with a concentration in entrepreneurship.

Transportation Insight has been nationally recognized by Inc. Magazine for its entrepreneurial excellence.

Referring to the logistics industry as one of the country’s main economic engines, Inc. Magazine has ranked the Hickory-based third-party logistics provider as one of the fastest growing privately held companies in the United States for the last four years in a row.

Founded in 1998, Transportation Insight is among an elite group of Inc. 5000 companies experiencing significant and continuous expansion in years 10 and beyond of doing business.

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