Igniting the spirit of entrepreneurship for our students, community, and region.

Welcome to the Art & Lindee Lucas Center for Entrepreneurship at the College of Coastal Georgia. We believe that entrepreneurship lives in every human being, emerging in the moments when the world needs our unique skills and ideas. We support students and entrepreneurs in the Golden Isles in three ways: We build communities to support entrepreneurship with mentors, peers, experts, regional partners, local businesses, and friends. We build capabilities for entrepreneurs with workshops, coaching, pitch competitions, college courses, and events. We support new and growing entrepreneurs on their path to accessing capital with our network investors, lenders, and partners.

Students

We believe that every student has the power and the potential to create their own future and empower their community. Students at the College of Coastal Georgia can minor in Entrepreneurship regardless of their chosen major, and access all of our programs and services for their business endeavors.

Mentors

At the Lucas Center, our volunteer mentors are the core of our support system for entrepreneurs. If you haven't gotten involved yet, contact the Lucas Center to share your strengths, interests, and experiences in an impactful way. Our mentors represent decades of experiences across industries.

Entrepreneurs/
Business Owners

Join us for regular meetups, workshops, mentor talks, or sign up for one of our programs to help you start or grow your business. New and experienced entrepreneurs can find support, peer networks, opportunities, and resources to launch or grow in the offerings of the Lucas Center.

Building Opportunities

Ecosystem

At the College of Coastal Georgia and in the Golden Isles region, our ecosystem is growing every day and presenting many new opportunities.

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Events

Our events for entrepreneurs, students, mentors, and the community connect all of us with the innovations and excitement of entrepreneurship.

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Resources

Whether you are an aspiring entrepreneur, a seasoned founder, or a mentor or advocate assisting, find the resources you need to grow here.

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News

Keep up with what's new, what's brewing, and how the Lucas Center and partners are building opportunities in the community and region.

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The Lucas Center is committed to inspiring entrepreneurship in our college, community, and region. We connect founders and aspiring entrepreneurs with the mentors, peers, resources, education, and partners to make their business goals come to life. We believe in the promise and potential of entrepreneurship for establishing economic empowerment, innovating solutions to our local and global challenges, and creating a better world and future for us all.

Lucas Center Calendar of Events

 

 Founded 2021

When Dr. Skip Mounts and lifelong entrepreneur Art Lucas talked over their regular breakfast about creating impact for our students and our region, they always came back to the power of entrepreneurship. As they watched local initiatives, start-ups, students, and development efforts surge and ebb, they recognized a gap in the small business ecosystem in the Golden Isles: there was no hub to connect resources, mentors, and the community with entrepreneurs and their ideas. The Lucas Center for Entrepreneurship was born to fill this gap.

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Major & Minor

The School of Business offers a Small Business Creation concentration, available beginning a student's junior year. Over the two years, students in this program with a 3.0 GPA or higher receive $1,000 each semester and build an executable business plan with the support of a mentor.

Students from any major can minor in Entrepreneurship.

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If you are interested in starting your own business, or becoming a partner, please contact:

Ande Noktes

Ande Noktes
Executive Director of the Art & Lindee Lucas Center for Entrepreneurship