Labovitz School of Business and Economics


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Labovitz School of Business and Economics

Charles Benson

The Wayne and Jane Keto Memorial Fund made Charles Benson's dreams possible. “The scholarship has helped me in more ways than people can understand.”

The Labovitz School of Business and Economics places an emphasis on outstanding, innovative experiential learning, equipping our students with what they need to know for success in an ever-expanding global marketplace. With all that LSBE does for its students and the community, it's our alumni and friends who graciously support our efforts. Alumni and friends fund over 120 LSBE scholarships and support our many innovative programs. Generous donors contributed to Charles Benson's success. After earning a degree in business administration, he enrolled in UMD’s MBA program, while still playing Bulldog basketball and working part-time. Obviously unafraid of hard work, he has set his sights on one day launching his own business.

Giving Priorities

Department of Accounting

Department of Economics

Department of Finance

Department of Finance and Department of Management Information Science

Department of Management Studies

Department of Marketing

Financial Planning Program

Retail Marketing Analytic Program

Healthcare Management Program

Masters of Business Administration

Bureau of Business and Economic Research

Center for Economic Development

Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program

Marketing and Graphic Design Program

Department of Accounting

The Department of Accounting provides the core competencies in accounting and general business that are necessary for a successful accounting career. We also place an emphasis on outstanding, innovative hands-on learning opportunities such as our Student to Business Initiative in Accounting, Internships and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.

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Department of Economics

The Department of Economics focuses on social, business, and individual decision-making and the goals, incentives, institutions, and constraints affecting those decisions. The Department of Economics curriculum combines the classical liberal arts and modern quantitative approaches. The Department also places an emphasis on outstanding, innovative experiential learning opportunities, equipping our students with what they need to know for success in business and management careers.

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Department of Finance and Department of Management Information Sciences

The Department of Finance focuses on the management of money and other assets. Finance is also the science and art of determining whether the funds of an organization are being used properly. The Department of Management Information Systems provides a professionally oriented program that prepares students for entry into careers in business computing.

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Department of Management Studies

The Department of Management Studies offers a major in Organizational Management. This major allows students to become familiar with different types of organizations and their members, and to develop their skills in Human Resource Management and Entrepreneurship. The Department also places an emphasis on outstanding, innovative experiential learning opportunities, equipping our students with what they need to know for success in business and management careers.

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Department of Marketing

The Marketing Department is committed to outstanding, hands-on learning opportunities such as Retail Marketing Analytics and Marketing & Graphic Design. Marketing students learn to develop marketing plans, use tools to address marketing issues, communicate skillfully, and understand the social and cultural environments of organizations and consumers.

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Financial Markets Program

The main goal of the Financial Markets Program is to provide students with an educational experience that can be directly applied to the Financial Services Industry. With the support of the local financial community, LSBE students have the opportunity to directly apply learned ideas, theories, and tools. The foundation of the Financial Markets Program is based on three key elements: Academic Studies, the Wells Fargo Financial Markets Lab, and the Bulldog Fund, LLC.

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Financial Planning Program

The main goal of the Financial Planning Program is to provide undergraduate students with the knowledge necessary to become a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®). Taught through an AACSB accredited business school, the CFP program offered through the Labovitz School of Business and Economics is the first and only major offered in Minnesota. The real world application and intensive curriculum prepare undergraduate students for internships and, ultimately, a rewarding career as a Financial Planner.

Retail Marketing Analytics Program

The Retail Marketing Analytics Program (ReMAP) is designed to provide undergraduate students with an educational curriculum that can be directly applied to rewarding careers in the retail and consumer products industries. With a supporting network of retail, consumer products and data suppliers, ReMAP students have the opportunity to build a strong foundation of statistical analysis know-how and directly apply advanced marketing techniques to real-world situations. Program students develop the skills necessary to make strategic merchandising and marketing decisions.

Health Care Management Program

The health care management major prepares students to work in an important, life-changing industry with unique demands and unique rewards.

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Masters of Business Administration

The Labovitz MBA builds upon the foundation of business knowledge our students have already acquired in finance and operations, in marketing and management and a variety of other areas.  The result is a valuable employee who is a more confident and capable leader.

Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER)

The BBER collects, analyzes, and disseminates information regarding the economy of Duluth, Northeast Minnesota, the State of Minnesota, and Northwest Wisconsin. Our client base is comprised of public and private regional, state, and federal constituencies. Our research identifies economic problems and opportunities, acts as a catalyst to generate research from faculty, staff and students within LSBE and provides students with hands-on, real-world skills.

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Center for Economic Development (CED)

CED generates an economic impact by providing technical assistance through one-on-one consultation to over 700 entrepreneurs and existing businesses. Other CED programs are the SBA's Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Economic Gardening, business resource library, entrepreneurial recognition events, workshops, and Broadband initiatives for business growth.  

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Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program

The Entrepreneurship major and program is designed to prepare students with conceptual and functional skills that are vital to their careers in any business or organization. Students learn about the interdisciplinary nature of entrepreneurship through courses in management, marketing, business law, and finance.

Marketing and Graphic Design Program

Marketing & Graphic Design is a collaborative professional degree between the LSBE and the School of Fine Arts. Academics combine core marketing knowledge with graphic design skills. Graduates help companies create effective traditional and online marketing campaigns that are built on strong business and design fundamentals.