RutherfordCABLE Focuses On "Entrepreneurial Spirit"

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RutherfordCABLE will feature Dr. David J. Urban, Dean of the Jennings A. Jones College of Business, at its upcoming breakfast meeting on Tuesday, April 8th from 7:30 – 9:00 a.m. at Stones River Country Club.  Urban’s message is titled “The Entrepreneurial Spirit”.

In addition to discussing entrepreneurship initiatives currently implemented in MTSU’s Jones College of Business, Dr. Urban will draw on previous research to describe the entrepreneur’s mindset and will provide real-world examples of entrepreneurship in action.  According to Urban, entrepreneurs often transform perceived disadvantages into advantages, and the characteristics of successful entrepreneurs might be surprising to some.   “Many times, we think of entrepreneurs as people who start new business ventures, but they are also found in other arenas as well—such as public service, large corporations, and education. Entrepreneurial thinking is not confined to one industry or a particular type of organization. It is pervasive—and that’s why forward-thinking organizations actively promote and support it,” he said.

The deadline to register for this event is Thursday, April 3rd at 5:00.  Registration fees are $15 for members and $20 for guests.  To register, visit


 Dr. David J. Urban is the Dean of the Jennings A. Jones College of Business at Middle Tennessee State University. He joined the Jones College in July 2013, after having served for 24 years in the School of Business at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), where he was Professor of Marketing and held administrative positions as Executive Associate Dean, Interim Dean, and Chair of the Department of Marketing. Dean Urban also had a joint appointment in the Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at VCU, where he was Director of VCU’s Survey Research Laboratory and Director of VCU’s statewide Commonwealth Poll. He coordinated the annual VCU Life Sciences national survey, the annual Commonwealth Education Poll, and the Virginia Business Climate Survey. Prior to his years at VCU, Dean Urban was a faculty member in the Robinson College of Business Administration at Georgia State University.

Dean Urban received a B.S. in Commerce from the University of Virginia, and an A.M. in Psychology as well as a Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Michigan--Ann Arbor.


Dean Urban’s business and marketing background includes duty as an officer in the U.S. Navy Supply Corps, as well as training or research assignments with Ford Motor Company, Hyundai Motor America, several other smaller businesses, and numerous government and nonprofit organizations. Dean Urban is a charter recipient of the American Marketing Association's Professional Certified MarketerTM (PCM) designation.

His expert comments have appeared over 400 times in electronic or print media, including outlets such as CNBC, Fox Business Network, CBS Radio News, Business Week, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Washington Post, New York Times, New York Daily News, and Chicago Tribune. His main research interests are in customer satisfaction assessment, retailing, and distribution channel management. He has received 29 research grants from the National Institutes of Health, General Electric Foundation, Leo Burnett Foundation, and several Virginia state agencies.

Dean Urban has won eight national awards for teaching excellence, is a two-time recipient of the VCU School of Business Distinguished Teaching Award, and has received the VCU School of Business Distinguished Service Award and Award of Excellence. He is the only faculty member in the history of the VCU School of Business to have been recognized with the Outstanding Faculty Award (OFA) from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV). The OFA is the Commonwealth of Virginia’s highest honor for faculty at Virginia’s public and private colleges and universities.

RutherfordCABLE is a five-year-old organization of more than 200 members providing professional and personal development as well as business growth through building long-term relationships, structured networking and referrals.  The organization is the first chapter of the 30-year-old NashvilleCABLE.  Monthly breakfast meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month, with informal networking beginning at 7:30 a.m., followed by structured, facilitated networking and a top keynote speaker.  Meetings are concluded by 9 a.m.  Free networking events are held monthly in addition to a reading group, outreach events and activities, and workshops.  The organization’s mission is “Connecting Women and Opportunity.”  For more information, visit

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