The Cyvia and Melvyn Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship

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Cyvia and Melvyn Wolff

Our Benefactors

Cyvia and Melvyn Wolff are two of Houston’s most respected citizens and important members of the University of Houston family. As chairman of Star Furniture, a Berkshire Hathaway company, Melvyn Wolff (’53) embodies the spirit of entrepreneurship in every way. On behalf of its students, faculty and staff, the Bauer College and the Wolff Center would like to thank Cyvia and Melvyn Wolff for their generous support. With their involvement, our students have the resources to become tomorrow’s entrepreneurs and realize their dreams.

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About Us

Our mission is to organize, expand and promote the knowledge and practice of entrepreneurship.

The Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship (WCE) at the University of Houston C. T. Bauer College of Business prepares students to assume leadership roles in the business world, teaching them how to run their own business from the inception of an idea through its implementation. WCE was founded as a Center in 1991 and established in 1995 as a Major in Entrepreneurship under the Bachelor of Business Administration degree by the Texas State Committee for Higher Education. The visionary leader and founder William Sherrill won the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year Award in 1994 for his advancements in education.

The program again lands a top spot on the list of the Top 25 Undergraduate Schools for Entrepreneurs, released every year by The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur. The program was ranked No. 1 in 2008, 2010 and 2011, No. 2 in 2007, 2009, 2013 and 2014, and No. 3 in 2012. To read more about this unique accomplishment, visit our awards page.

Shaping the minds of future business leaders requires methods similar to those employed by a CEO training a replacement. The cross-functional philosophy of teaching the CEO’s perspective is a balance of academic rigor and real-world perspective. Like entrepreneurs, students are responsible for all aspects of their business. Students’ academic training starts with an Overview of Entrepreneurship. Subsequent to Overview, WCE students take six lockstep courses that focus on teaching the entire business process starting with, Revenues, Costs, Capital, Entrepreneurial Perspectives, Business Plan and Implementation and an internship in their field of study.

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Physical Address:
Insperity Classroom & Business Building, Ste. 536
4742 Calhoun Rd.
Houston, TX 77204-6021

Mailing Address:
C. T. Bauer College of Business
Wolff Center For Entrepreneurship
4750 Calhoun Rd.
Houston, TX 77204-6021

Entrepreneurship Major Academic Advisor:
Asha Thomas
Melcher Hall, Room 262

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