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Donald W. Maine College of Business
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Why the College of Business?

The Donald W. Maine College of Business’s long standing academic rigor and quality programs equip you for business success.  Understanding market trends and building community relationships to enhance your development is what we do best.  You will learn from faculty with industry experience and be exposed to best practices in the market to position you for your career of choice. 

 With a new state-of-the-art business building designed to incorporate multi-media technology, you will find interactive classrooms and movable work stations that model a real business environment.  Additionally, a new Entrepreneurial Center will provide individuals seeking to start and grow businesses right here in West Michigan opportunities to consult with professionals at each stage in the process. 

So, the only question you need to ask yourself is whether you want to get to where the world is going.  

Prospective Students
Undergraduate

The Donald W. Maine College of Business applies the principles of entrepreneurship to every program. We have an undergraduate degree for you.

Choose your Bachelor degree program.

Choose your Associate degree program.

Please take some time to view the following videos about our Donald W. Maine College of Business.

Bachelor of Business Administration and Internships.

Graduate

If you have just completed your bachelor's degree or want to further your career, our graduate degree programs will help you get to where you want to be.

Master of Business Administration (MBA) is offered in several formats to fit every student's needs.

In addition, we offer the following graduate degree programs.

Please take some time to view the following videos about our Donald W. Maine College of Business programs.
 

Building leadership skills with your MBA.

 

Certificates

Post-Baccalaureate Certificates are for students who have attained a bachelor degree, but want to gain additional credentials in their field or who want to move to a new business related field.

Choose your Post-Baccalaureate Certificate.

Graduate Certificates provide students with the opportunity to deepen their skills in a particular subject. They may be completed at any time while taking Master of Business Administration courses provided the prerequisites are met, or may be completed as a stand-alone certificate.

Choose your Graduate Certificate.

 

 

Current Events
Internship Workshop
Internships are crucial to your success. Learn about the internship process and how it can put you on the path to your career. March 7, SC 306 and other selected days by appointment. Contact Career Services at 616-554-5502 for further information.
Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow
Visiting Fellow, Mike Markovits will be at Davenport University March 6-10, 2017 to engage students and the larger community in conversations on the future of leadership and social change. Previously, an executive at both IBM and GE, Markovits has been instrumental in identifying and developing the leadership pipeline to support organizational growth, transformation, and performance. Made possible through a grant from the M.E. Davenport Legacy Endowment.
Check out the DU Alumni Events!
You may have graduated from DU or any of its predecessor colleges, but you can still stay connected with the things you love about Davenport. The DU Alumni Association has a full schedule of fun summer events and you are invited! Sign up today:
Study Abroad at Davenport
Dozens of Davenport graduate and undergraduate students are enhancing their intercultural awareness, global competency and their resumes while traveling abroad this summer. There are five short-term study abroad opportunities this month and next. These programs will study in ten countries on three continents.
Got Questions?

Feel free to browse the selections below for further information.

Accreditation

All of Davenport University programs are accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Education (IACBE).

Online Education

Davenport offers many options to partially or fully complete your degree online

Registered Student Organizations

Getting involved on campus is easy. Contact Student Services for information.

Study Abroad

DU's study-abroad programs provide you with first-hand experience while earning course credit towards your degree.

Internships

Getting work experience before you graduate is crucial. Many times internships also lead to full time positions.

Faculty Directory

Here you can find a full list of faculty and staff members for the Donald W. Maine College of Business.

Davenport News
Davenport University College of Business dedication
Donald W. Maine College of Business Dedication
More than 160 people attended the dedication of the new Donald W. Maine College of Business Building. Don Maine portrayed his gratitude and sincere appreciation – “Davenport has been built on a culture of leadership, talent and teamwork. This building represents the countless hours of dedication by the staff, faculty and students. It is another giant step forward for Davenport and its students in the ever-changing world of business and technology.”
Tyrus R. Wessell Award
Long-time faculty member of the Donald W. Maine College of Business, Frank Novakowski, was honored with the Tyrus R. Wessell award at the 2016 DavenFest employee meeting. Frank is known for his sincerity, genuine willingness to help and commitment to accountability. A true champion for students!
Lettinga DECA wins big again!
Keeping their winning streak strong, the W.A. Lettinga DECA team took home six first-place, three second-place, and one third-place award along with eight finalist medals at state competition in Grand Rapids. Davenport’s commitment to real-world, hands-on learning and the DU Excellence System competencies helped the team create and present viable solutions in case studies and role plays that impressed the judges and helped them shut out 200 strong competitors. :
Davenport University Students Excelled at the 2017 BPA Post-Secondary State Leadership Conference
Davenport University’s BPA competitors won 18 state champion titles, 22 runner-up titles, and 13 third-place finishes. Overall, Davenport captured 130 top-ten place finishes with 35 students qualifying to represent Davenport University and the State of Michigan at the 51st annual BPA National Leadership Conference in Orlando, Florida, May 9 – 15, 2017!
Entrepreneur YOU Conference
The Entrepreneur YOU Conference is designed to education women with a passion for owning their own business. Learn about the challenges and opportunities - from launch to growth.
National Honor Society for First Year Students, Alpha Lambda Delta, Chartered
On Friday October 14, 2016 at the Lettinga campus an initiation ceremony and charter induction for Alpha Lambda Delta (ALD) was conducted with over 200 people in attendance. During the ceremony an impressive 82 students were recognized for their high academic achievements that they earned during their first year at DU.
InHolland University Professor Visits DU
Albert Brouwers, faculty international business and management studies at InHolland University in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, visited DU for two days last week. InHolland has an official agreement with Davenport where students from both universities can study at either university for a semester or a year and earn college credits, with full-year students being eligible to receive a degree from both universities.
Wayne County Community College District Partners with Davenport University
Wayne County Community College District has partnered with Davenport University to include Davenport in the University Center at the district's Western Campus in Belleville. As part of the agreement, students who earn their associate degrees at the community college will be able to transfer their credits to a bachelor’s degree program at Davenport and continue their studies at the same location.
School district estimates Middle College graduates saved $723K
Kenowa Hills Public School's second round of Middle College students graduated high school and Davenport University on Sunday, May 1, 2016. Twenty-one students received an associate's degree and diploma, after completing the program, saving over $700,000 in college expenses.
Davenport celebrates 150 years in business
On Jan. 25, 1866, Grand Rapids Business College held its first bookkeeping, penmanship, business law and arithmetic classes for 16 registered students. One sesquicentennial later, the academic institution now called Davenport University launched the milestone year with an Anniversary Kick-Off Event at its W.A. Lettinga Campus. The event marked the beginning of a year-long celebration for the institution that began as a small private school and now is a fully accredited private university offering undergraduate, graduate and online degrees to nearly 9,000 students.
Global News in Business
In China, Silicon Valley Giants Confront New Walls
The recent struggles of Apple, LinkedIn and Facebook show why the number of tech companies willing to have a try in China is dwindling.
Turkey Sees Foes at Work in Gold Mines, Cafes and ‘Smurf Village’
The government has seized more than 950 companies, from a baklava chain to a major construction firm, over suspected ties to a failed coup attempt last year.
German Carmakers Face Potential New Scandal Over Antitrust Issues
The European Commission said it is looking into accusations that Volkswagen, Daimler and BMW colluded on emissions and other technology.
One Family, Many Revolutions: From Black Panthers, to Silicon Valley, to Trump
Ben Horowitz is helping define the modern tech age. His father shaped the ’60s radical left — before taking a hard right turn. Family chats get interesting.
Abuses Hide in the Silence of Nondisparagement Agreements
Often used at tech companies, nondisparagement agreements are increasingly included in employment contracts and legal settlements.
Hero, Villain, TV Sensation: Spicer’s Fame Spread Beyond Washington
Mr. Spicer’s tenure as White House press secretary gave him national prominence beyond the normal reach of the job.
Scaramucci Has a Showman’s Knack for Self-Promotion Rivaling Trump’s
In choosing Anthony Scaramucci as White House communications director, President Trump has picked a hedge fund impresario happy to highlight his own success.
Wells Fargo Accidentally Releases Trove of Data on Wealthy Clients
A plaintiff suing an employee of Wells Fargo Advisors was sent a CD containing thousands of sensitive client records — which came from a lawyer for the bank.
Stakes for Exxon in Sanctions Case Go Far Beyond a $2 Million Fine
The oil company, punished for violating sanctions against Russia, is fighting a wider threat to its reputation and the possibility of other sanctions to come.
G.E. Results Show Next Chief’s Challenges at Revamped Company
John Flannery, who will take over in August, said he would thoroughly review each of the company’s businesses.
U.S. Moves to Drop Charges Against Ex-Traders in ‘London Whale’ Case
The plan to dismiss the case against Javier Martin-Artajo and Julien Grout was another blow to the legacy of Preet Bharara, the former United States attorney in Manhattan.
Ivanka Trump Received at Least $12.6 Million Since 2016, Disclosure Shows
Ms. Trump’s first ethics disclosure shows that she and her husband, Jared Kushner, benefit from an active business empire, an arrangement that poses potential conflicts of interest.
What the Decline of the Dollar Means
The value of the dollar has fallen steadily this year, helping American companies that sell to foreigners and hurting American consumers of foreign goods and services.
The Shift: As Self-Driving Cars Near, Washington Plays Catch-Up
Congress is taking its first steps to regulate autonomous vehicles, as the technology moves closer to fruition.
A Drug Maker Spends Big in Washington to Make Itself Heard
Mallinckrodt’s spending on political donations and lobbying comes as the drug industry as a whole beefs up its Capitol Hill presence.
Ford and Mazda Hope to Be Removed From Latest Airbag Recall
The automakers said no data showed that the airbags in their models included on Takata’s most recent recall list needed to be replaced.
Wall Street Journal Editorial Writer Is Found Dead
The writer, Joseph Rago, 34, won a Pulitzer Prize in 2011 for his editorials challenging President Barack Obama’s health care law. Foul play is not suspected.
On Money: What Will Service Work Look Like Under Amazon?
The company’s acquisition of Whole Foods sets up a clash between two vastly different visions for the future of labor.
Your Money: The Ethics of Adjusting Your Assets to Qualify for Medicaid
People who make themselves indigent to qualify for Medicaid are sometimes criticized. But consider the nuances of the situation, and other alternatives.
Bits: Farhad and Mike’s Week in Tech: Meal Kits, Lyft and ‘Despacito’
Should every company create its own self-driving program? Mike and Farhad debate.
Wealth Matters: From Massages to ‘Pawicures,’ These Resorts Have It All for Pets
Some people who take luxury vacations feel the need to give equal treatment to their dogs and cats, who now have resorts of their own.
Fair Game: Hard Questions for a Company at the Center of the Opioid Crisis
McKesson, the nation’s largest drug distributor, will be grilled about executive pay and controlled substances at its annual meeting on Wednesday.
Retiring: Three Things I Should Have Said About Retirement Planning
As he approaches retirement age, the author of several books about retirement looks back on the advice he dispensed and modifies it a bit.
Strategies: Partisan Conflict Is High, but the Market Doesn’t Care
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Common Sense: Tax Reform, Reagan Style, May Be a Tougher Fit for Trump
Some elements of the 1986 success are absent, like the number of remaining loopholes, and this president has a personal interest in those that remain.
Vocations: Helping Young People to Develop Their Own Voices
A Chicago Y.M.C.A. youth programming director draws on her passion for poetry to inspire children through creative projects.
The Workologist: Overcoming an Embarrassing Slipup From Years Ago
You believe you’re being punished for a past mistake. But you can fix it.
2 Leading Online Black Markets Are Shut Down by Authorities
The authorities took control of one large site, Hansa Market, and covertly operated it to catch refugees fleeing the closing of the largest market, AlphaBay.
Street Scene: Silence Equals Complicity in Workplace Sexism
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Paid Petsitting in Homes Is Illegal in New York. That’s News to Some Sitters.
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Your Money Adviser: How to Make Your Credit Card Act Like a Debit Card
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Economic View: When the (Empty) Apartment Next Door Is Owned by an Oligarch
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The president of the ride-hailing service says that sometimes leaders have to let people make mistakes and not always be there for them.
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TV shows, movies and more have moved their promotional efforts off-site and off the charts. (Get ready for genetic swabbing, too.)
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If you have decided to switch from PC to Mac (or vice versa), Apple, Microsoft and other software makers can make the transfer process easier than you might think.
Deer Caught in the Headlights? Your Car May Soon See Them
Automakers already have technologies to prevent hitting cars and people. Now they are working to enable cars to avoid hitting animals like deer, too.
Leadership Team

Below is the Leadership Team for the Donald W. Maine College of Business. For a full list of faculty and staff members, please see the link under "Got Questions?"

Pamela Imperato, Ph.D.

Dean for the Donald W. Maine College of Business

pamela.imperato@davenport.edu
Jennifer Byron, MBA

Associate Dean in the College of Business

Jennifer.Byron@davenport.edu
Mike Carey, Ph.D. MBA. CM

Department Chair for Marketing

Michael.Carey@davenport.edu
Misty Davis, JD

Department Chair in Legal Studies and Human Resource Management

mdavis125@davenport.edu
Grant Lee, MAcc

Department Chair for Accounting and Finance

Grant.Lee@davenport.edu
Margaret Mwenda, Ph.D.

Department Chair for Management

mmwenda@davenport.edu
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