Local Business Owner Taking Different Route Than Traditional MBA

By Roger Van Scyoc
Centre Daily Times (State College, Pa.)

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Instead of going for her MBA, Eliza Martin decided to participate in The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program. The program, which is free for those who are accepted, attracts a wide array of businesses, including restaurants, candy makers and clothing shops.

Centre Daily Times (State College, Pa.)

When Eliza Walton bought Martin’s Feed and Fertilizer, her father’s Coburn feed mill, four years ago, she was doing a bit of everything. She helped make the animal feed and delivered it across the county. When a salesperson left, she took over, meeting with customers on the road. Wearing the janitor’s hat was not beneath her.

She felt like a student all over again. Being in the thick of daily tasks was a learning experience, but for the young business owner, it kept her from thinking bigger.

“Between delivering or doing sales, what I want to be doing is working in the office and growing the business,” Walton, 31, said.

It’s been a decade since she’s had homework. But Walton, who graduated from Penn State in 2007, decided last year to go back to school.

Yet the program was not an MBA or a typical graduate degree, commitments that tend to be expensive, take years to complete and often require individuals to leave their jobs.

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