Entrepreneurship Program

The many rewards and challenges of owning your own business are being realized by increasing numbers of people. The DMACC Entrepreneurship program will help you put together or improve your plans for being successful in owning or operating a small business.

In addition to innovative marketing strategies, creative financing methods and employee development skills, the program emphasizes personal development in accounting, supervision, communication and relationship management. Both day and evening courses are offered.

Each year we offer an Entrepreneurship Day which offers a blend of speakers and panelists on current topics and issues.

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Meet Your Professor(s)

Samuel "Josh" Daines

Samuel "Josh" Daines

Instructor
Ankeny Campus
Building 8, Room 22

Education: 

MBA, Drake University, Des Moines, IA

MPA, Drake University, Des Moines, IA

BS, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

Instruction:

Introduction to Business, Principles of Banking, Introduction to Insurance, Quantitative Methods, Career Seminar / Internship

Additional Activities: 

I began teaching college as an adjunct instructor at DMACC (Urban and Ankeny campuses) with the Fall semester of 2007, and became a full-time faculty member in 2013. I graduated from Iowa State University in 1992 with degrees in Political Science and French (Oui, je parle francais un petit peu). In addition, I received a Masters of Public Administration from Drake University in '98 and a Masters of Business Administration from Drake in '05. I am currently a Ph.D. student at Iowa State University in the School of Education. Before becoming a faculty member at DMACC, I was an Associate Professor of Business Administration at AIB College of Business in Des Moines, IA. Prior to my career as an educator, I was a licensed property / casualty insurance agent for a multinational insurance brokerage firm and also spent five years as a licensed mortgage loan originator.

Beginning in 2013, I became a member of the DMACC faculty. I teach Introduction to Business, Principles of Banking, Introduction to Insurance, Quantitative Methods and the Career Seminar / Internship course.

Jill Friestad-Tate

Jill Friestad-Tate

Instructor
West Campus

Education: 

Ed.D., Drake University-Educational Leadership
Ed.S., Drake University-Adult Learning/Administration
MBA, Kaplan University
MA, Drake University, Special Education with an Emphasis in Collaborative Teaching
BS, Drake University, Secondary Business Education
AA, Liberal Arts, DMACC-Ankeny

Instruction:

Introduction to Business, Marketing, Macroeconomics

Vada Grantham

Vada Grantham

Instructor
Ankeny Campus
Building 8, Room 14
515-964-6348

Education:

BA, Business, Grand View University

Instruction:

Entrepreneurship

Additional Activities:

Vada and his wife Teresa started their market research firm in 1987 in the basement of their home with just two employees. During the initial years of business, they were in the food industry with a client list of General Mills, Keebler, Pillsbury, Nabisco, Kraft, and more. Their primary services were providing food samples to shoppers in the supermarkets and Sam's Clubs. They sold the food division in 1999 with over 500 employees in eight Midwestern states.

Today, the company is a full-service research firm with 10 employees and provides consumer research to a variety of industries.

Vada said his professional aspiration is to take DMACC's Small Business Entrepreneurship Program to unprecedented heights by creating market demands for programs that are developed through - innovative thinking, strategic processes, and continuously keeping a pulse on a technologically savvy and ever-changing world!

As a professor, his primary goal is to create a learning environment for his students that is; intellectually stimulating, engaging, and thought provoking.

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