RECENT CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS:
The 2021 Small Business Institute 46th Annual Conference, February 25-26, 2021
Awakening the S.O.U.L. of African American Entrepreneurship through Innovative Teaching, Scholarship, and Service at the University of Kentucky Lewis Honors College
The philosophy and practice of entrepreneurship awakens many opportunities to explore the historical intersection of racial inequality and free enterprise systems. African Americans have a rich history of entrepreneurship. From Free Frank to Samuel Frances and Jeremiah Hamilton, African Americans soon learned that they could amass more wealth by merely trading their services and products to multiple consumers than by obtaining employment. Within two decades of the emancipation, African Americans established several thousand successful businesses that thrived in African American communities (Black Entrepreneurship in the United States, 2020). Although African Americans surpass Caucasian-Americans in entrepreneurial attempts, Blacks trail Whites in entrepreneurial success (Walker, 1999). This pedagogical best practice workshop will: 1) examine factors that affect racial inequality in free enterprise systems; 2) establish a rationale for the infusion of teaching, scholarship, and service that incorporates the African-American entrepreneurial struggle to obtain access to capital, compete and participate equitably in entrepreneurial ecosystems; 3) demonstrate the benefits of an innovative rubric designed to “Awaken the S.O.U.L.” of college and university courses and curriculum that critically examines African American perspectives in entrepreneurship and free enterprise; and 4) provide examples and measurable outcomes of innovative teaching, scholarship, and service that contribute to a republic of ideals on college campuses, builds inclusive academic communities, and influences the decision-making of corporate sponsors who support the design of a multi-path forward that champions the value and contributions of African American entrepreneurship in the academy and beyond.
The Small Business Institute 45th Annual Conference, February 27-29, 2020, New Orleans, LA
The #UKYCEO Workout: Awakening the S.O.U.L. of Rural and Urban Entrepreneurship
The philosophy and the practice of entrepreneurship awaken many opportunities to explore diverse perspectives on how to empower rural and urban entrepreneurs who operate a business for profit as they navigate the complexities associated with Strategic, Operational, Uniformity, and Legal risk. While entrepreneurs typically struggle with developing personnel, building financial capacity, and deploying operational strategies, rural and urban entrepreneurs who have historically been underrepresented and marginalized face greater challenges to building a successful enterprise. To thrive in good markets and survive in tough times, rural and urban entrepreneurs require extensive access to financial resources and training in multiple areas of business. The #UKYCEO Workout was designed to engage entrepreneurs in the creation of opportunities that 1) explore diverse and historical perspectives in rural and urban communities, 2) provide collaborative entrepreneurial engagement opportunities that unite rural and urban business owners, 3) serve entrepreneurs in rural and urban communities by providing research and training that improves their knowledge and leadership acumen as CEOs and 4) develop a self-assessment strategy to increase effectiveness and efficiency throughout several dimensions of entrepreneurial platforms. The approach will be modeled after concepts introduced in the “GE Workout” by Jack Welch and by a Deloitte “Team Chemistry” study published in the Harvard Business Review.
The importance of corporate branding in the early stages of new venture formation: An empirical analysis
Corporate branding is often overlooked by early-stage new venture founders. These founders tend to focus on product development, product branding, and meeting immediate customer needs. They view branding their corporation as something that occurs in stage four or the growth cycle of their business. Little do they understand that if they do not dedicate adequate and aligned effort toward corporate branding their organization may not survive and never reach the growth stage. Perkins and Batchelor (2019) proposed a set of branding activities linked to corporate strategy. They outlined specific actions with a detailed description of which corporate branding activities should be performed in each stage of the new venture life cycle. The purpose of this study is to empirically test the propositions of Perkins and Batchelor (2019) using a sample of business owners and new venture founders.
SELECT PEER-REVIEWED PRESENTATIONS:
Walker, P., “Whistleblower Protection for Missouri Nonprofit Organizations,” Missouri Policy Journal, Number 2 – Fall/Winter 2015.
Walker, P., “Investigating the Entrepreneurial Attitudes of African Americans: A Study of Young Adults ” The Journal of Applied Management and Entrepreneurship, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 2.
Hettche, M., Walker, P. (2010). “B-Harmony: Building Small Business and Small Private Nonprofit Partnerships that Thrive – A Framework for Collaborative Competition,” Competition Forum Vol. 8, No.1.
Walker, P, “FTC v. Garvey: A New Trend or Aberration?” 11 Atlantic Law Journal 270 (2009).
SELECT PEER-REVIEWED PROCEEDINGS:
Walker, Patrick, “The #UKYCEO Workout: Awakening the S.O.U.L. of Rural and Urban Entrepreneurship,” 2020 Small Business Institute® National Conference Proceedings Vol. 44, No.1 – Winter 2020.
Walker, P., Perkins, R., Batchelor, J., Davis, Justin, “The Importance of Corporate Branding in the Early Stages of New Venture Formation: An Empirical Analysis,” 2020 Small Business Institute® National Conference Proceedings Vol. 44, No.1 – Winter 2020.
Walker, Patrick, “An Integrative Business Model to Mitigate Financial and Legal Risk for Nonprofit Organizations and Small Businesses,” 2016 Small Business Institute® National Conference Proceedings Vol. 40, No.1 – Winter 2016.
Roach, Nicole & Walker, Patrick, “Advocacy and Engagement: Tools to Activate Nonprofit and Small Business Leadership,” 2016 Small Business Institute® National Conference Proceedings Vol. 40, No.1 – Winter 2016.
Walker, Patrick, “From Tragedy to Triumph: Opportunities for a New Type of Corporate Social Responsibility and Community Action in Ferguson, Missouri,” 2015 Small Business Institute® National Conference Proceedings Vol. 39, No.1 – Winter 2015.
Walker, Patrick, “Resiliency: Promoting Nonprofit Education, Advocacy, and Networking through Strategic Business Practices and Impacts in Nonprofit Curricula, Classes, & the Community,” 2015 Small Business Institute® National Conference Proceedings Vol. 39, No.1 – Winter 2015.
Walker, P.D., “Governance Insight for Social Entrepreneurs, Nonprofit Advocates, & Other Catalysts Who Work to Change the World through Cultural Dialogue & Exchange,” 2014 Small Business Institute® National Conference Proceedings Vol. 38, No.1 – Winter 2014.
Walker, P.D., “Integrating the SBI Model & Social Entrepreneurship Practices to Design a Sustainable University Campus Kitchen,” 2014 Small Business Institute® National Conference Proceedings Vol. 38, No.1 – Winter 2014.
Walker, P.D., “Critical Governance Insight for Social Entrepreneurs, Nonprofit Advocates, & Other Catalysts Who Work to Change the World” 2013 Small Business Institute® National Conference Proceedings Vol. 37, No. 1 – winter 2013.
Walker, P.D., “Using the SBI Model and Social Media Technology to Promote Nonprofit Education, Advocacy, & Networking Across the Curriculum” 2013 Small Business Institute® National Conference Proceedings Vol. 37, No. 1 – winter 2013.
Walker, P., Usry, N. (2011). “B-Harmony: Building Small Business and Small Nonprofit Partnerships that Thrive Through Online Social Networking,” 2011 Small Business Institute® National Conference Proceedings Vol. 35, No. 1 – winter 2011.
Rosenberg, R., Walker, P. & Bardwell, S. (2010). “Engaging the Entire University and Community in Change Which Promotes the Benefits of Entrepreneurship: The Story of XXX University's Brand-New Center for Service Learning and Social Entrepreneurship (C.S.L.S.E.),” 2010 Small Business Institute® National Conference Proceedings Vol. 34, No.1 – Winter 2010.
“Effective Strategies for High Caliber Outcomes in Business Consulting Programs Using Legal Writing and Communication Models” (Bardwell & Walker) Conference presentation: Mid-Atlantic Academy of Legal Studies in Business.
Walker, P.D., 85th Annual Conference of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business, August 3-7, 2010, Richmond, VA Presentation Titles: “B-Harmony: Examining the Legal, Ethical, & Managerial Stakeholder Implications Associated with the Branding Strategies of Popular Online Social Networks”
Walker, P.D., 2010 Conference of the Mid-Atlantic Academy of Legal Studies in Business, March 20-21, 2010, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Presentation Title: “Law, Technology, & Social Networking: The Growing Impact of Facebook & Twitter in the American Legal System.”
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