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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
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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.

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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.

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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
Milinda Ysasi from The Source
West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum
The West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum will meet at Davenport University for an educational and networking luncheon program featuring a presentation from Milinda Ysasi, Executive Director at The Source. The mission of The SOURCE is to reduce barriers post employment for employees that work for the member organizations.
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Developing Sustainable Leadership Strategies
The business environment is in constant flux while stakeholders encourage organizational leaders to consider sustainable business tactics alongside corporate profits. In this discussion, Dr. Goulet will review her research on the sustainable leadership strategies in West Michigan that business leaders from small- and medium-sized West Michigan companies integrated to increase corporate revenue.
Accounting & Finance Career Fair at Davenport University
2018 Career Fair
DU Careerfest 2018 -Thursday 1:00 - 4:00 pm The Student Activity Center on the W.A. Lettinga Campus will be packed with employers looking to hire YOU! Employers will be looking for full time, part time and interns at this event. DON'T MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY.
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.
Dede Bartlett from the Woodrow Wilson Fellows.
Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow
Visiting Fellow, Dede Bartlett will be at Davenport University March 12-16, 2018 to engage students and the larger community in conversations on the future of leadership and social change. Bartlett is a pioneering executive who ascended to top positions at companies such as ExxonMobil and Phillip Morris. Today, Dede Bartlett is a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow, a Director of the American University of Central Asia Foundation and the Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence. This visit is 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.

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Accreditation

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

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Global Education

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

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Registered Student Organizations

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

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Study Abroad

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

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Internships

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

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Faculty Directory

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

Davenport News
Ryan Slider at the Super Bowl
DU sport management alumnus puts his skills to work at the Super Bowl
While millions of viewers watched the Super Bowl on Feb. 4, Ryan Coleman — a Davenport University alumnus — was given the opportunity to put his skills and knowledge to work at the event. Coleman earned his bachelor’s degree in sport management from DU in 2016 and is currently working on his graduate degree at Minot State University in North Dakota. Coleman’s role involved greeting and helping the fans at this year's Superbowl. What an exciting event for one of our own.
Steve Bayus and Christina Flowers at Davenport University
Recent alumna launches magazine after class that inspires hands-on learning
Christina Flowers, 2017, learned how to launch her new magazine from Steve Bayus’ class that blended real-life teachings and storytelling to inspire hands-on learning. For many, returning to school to pursue an MBA after being laid off can be challenging, especially for those who are adventuring into entrepreneurship like Flowers. Bayus and Flowers first met in the winter semester of 2017 in a master’s level marketing course. She recalls that time as a turning point for her business.
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.
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
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How Huawei Wooed Europe With Sponsorships, Investments and Promises
As the Chinese telecommunications giant faces scrutiny over its security, its careful cultivation of European governments and customers is at risk of unraveling.
Did Australia Poke a Hole in Your Phone’s Security?
A law passed last month allows the authorities to compel tech companies to build tools to bypass their products’ encryption. It has global implications.
McKinsey & Company Is Again Accused of Misdeeds in Bankruptcy Case
The consulting firm is the subject of another complaint by a retired turnaround specialist who accused McKinsey of working with a bankrupt company to improperly route its payments.
Stocks Tumble as China Trade-Deal Concerns Resurface
Stocks slumped from the start, with selling worsening through the day. Tech and industrial shares weighed heavily on the market.
DealBook: Chilling Davos: A Bleak Warning on Global Division and Debt
An influential financier says investors should pay heed to growing risks and social tensions — a message resonating at the World Economic Forum.
Square Feet: ‘Boutique’ Co-Working Spaces Find a Niche Nurturing Small Businesses
Seeking to distinguish themselves from big rivals like WeWork and Regus, operators of co-working spaces in smaller cities try to provide a personal touch.
Russell Baker, Times Columnist and Celebrated Humorist, Dies at 93
Mr. Baker, who won the Pulitzer Prize twice, spent decades at The New York Times and had a second career as the host of “Masterpiece Theater.”
Dyson Will Move Its Head Office From Britain to Singapore
The British appliance maker will make its new home in Asia, citing demand for its products there.
Viacom Buys PlutoTV Streaming Service, Its Biggest Digital Push Yet
The once mighty cable giant is paying $340 million for the free, advertising-based service, which has about 12 million active viewers a month.
China Proceeds With Belt and Road Push, but Does It More Quietly
Ever since President Xi Jinping unveiled a plan to link Asia, Europe and Africa with building projects, Beijing has hailed it as central to its foreign policy. China has turned down the volume on its plan.
Fyre Festival’s Organizers Didn’t Pay a Restaurant Owner, So GoFundMe Donors Stepped In
With two documentaries bringing new attention to the 2017 music festival disaster, people raised more than $167,000 for a Bahamian restaurant owner who was exploited.
Book Entry: Review: ‘Twilight of the Elites’ Looks at a France, and a World, Divided
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Restaurant Review: At Last, a Restaurant With That New-Car Smell
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In the Rush to Join the Smart Home Crowd, Buyers Should Beware
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E.U. Fines Mastercard $650 Million Over Fees Merchants Were Forced to Pay
By preventing retailers from paying the lowest payment-processing fees possible, the credit card company hurt sellers and consumers alike, antitrust regulators said.
Germany and France Renew Their Vows, but Challenges Abound
A ceremony intended to shore up Europe’s core highlighted the daunting challenges the Continent faces, from populism to a wobbly American alliance.
DealBook Briefing: World Economic Forum Begins With a Warning
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Backlash Over Ad Depicting Naomi Osaka With Light Skin Prompts Apology
The Japanese instant-noodle brand Nissin’s ad featured a cartoon version of the biracial tennis star that changed her features.
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Carlos Ghosn Is Denied Bail as Jail Stint Looks to Continue
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The New New World: China Transforms, and a Factory Owner Struggles to Follow
Shao Chunyou rose from the assembly line to the boss’s office. Now the old recipes for success don’t work, and he must reinvent himself again.
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Pessimism Looms Over Prospect of a Sweeping China Trade Deal
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Google Is Fined $57 Million Under Europe’s Data Privacy Law
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Trump Administration Spells Out Who Wins and Loses From New Tax Break
The Internal Revenue Service issued regulations governing a 20 percent deduction for so-called pass-through companies.
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?"

Dr. Pamela Imperato at Davenport University.
Pamela Imperato, Ph.D.

Dean for the Donald W. Maine College of Business

pamela.imperato@davenport.edu
Professor Jennifer Byron at Davenport University.
Jennifer Byron, MBA

Associate Dean in the College of Business

Jennifer.Byron@davenport.edu
Dr. Michael Carey at Davenport University.
Mike Carey, Ph.D. MBA. CM
Associate Dean
Director of Graduate Programs
Michael.Carey@davenport.edu
Professor Misty Davis at Davenport University.
Misty Davis, JD

Department Chair in Legal Studies and Human Resource Management

mdavis125@davenport.edu
Dr. Linda Goulet at Davenport University
Linda Goulet, DBA

Department Chair for Marketing

Linda.goulet@davenport.edu
Professor Grant Lee at Davenport University.
Grant Lee, MAcc

Department Chair for Accounting and Finance

Grant.Lee@davenport.edu
Dr. Vivianne Moore at Davenport University
Vivianne Moore, DM, MS

Department Chair for Management

Vivianne.Moore@davenport.edu
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