On-campus entrepreneurship is on the rise. This fall, the University’s entrepreneurial center opened two new student-operated businesses and made subtle changes to one more. The new businesses include X-press Laundry Service, which picks up and delivers student laundry and dry cleaning, and Victory Perk, the coffee shop in the Gallagher Student Center, which is still owned by Sodexho but is now managed and staffed by students. FliX, the student-operated video/DVD rental store, addressed its most serious issue, returns, by requiring a credit card prior to renting a video. There’s more business on the horizon, too.
Students are planning to dip into the e-business works with three more start-ups. One is an informational site with tips on how to dress for an interview with a specific employer. The second is an unofficial guide to fun in Cincinnati, with such listings as where to take mom when she visits campus or where to go for group outings. Students can buy the information in booklet form or access it online for a fee. The third is yet undefined. In the midst of all this growth, the center has another important goal. “We’re looking for a central spot on campus where we can group all student-operated businesses in one place,” says Tom Clark, the center’s director.