Business Leaders Living-Learning Community



Here, you can experiment. Push boundaries. Take some risks. Want to hone your entrepreneurial skills? We provide you with the resources to do it.


Let’s get innovative.

As a member of the Business Leaders Living-Learning Community, accelerate the process of building your expertise, all the while living with like-minded people in a collaborative environment.


  • Résumé-building experiences, such as job shadowing, internships, and conference participation
  • Makerspace access
  • Speaker series featuring local entrepreneurs and community leaders
  • Entrepreneurship certification; completion of certificate may provide early access to MBA program
  • 1:1 coaching sessions with the program director and peer advising
  • Mentorship program to learn industry insights and obtain career advice
  • Option to earn your bachelor’s degree and MBA in four years

You’re ready to get out into the world and do your thing. We can help.

  • Plan, launch, and analyze an original business venture throughout the program.
  • Participate in networking events with community business leaders and alumni.
  • Get involved in regional ideation symposiums and pitch competitions.

Want in? Here’s how.

  • Must enter as freshmen and plan to live on campus (rising MBU sophomores may apply in the spring before their sophomore year)
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA and 1100 SAT or equivalent ACT score
  • No additional application required; simply indicate your interest in the Business Leaders LLC when you apply to MBU. If you’ve already applied and been accepted, simply email and tell us you’re interested.

Optional master’s degree

Four- and five-year MBA programs available to package with your undergraduate degree

You can also choose to complete your bachelor’s degree in three years

Special merit scholarship

Living-learning community members are eligible for a merit scholarship

Dedicated support group

Immediate access to a faculty advisor, academic advisor, and peer mentors

Living-Learning Community

Live with other students in your program area, and learn from each other in and out of the classroom

First-Year Field Experience

Build a marketing plan for local Staunton businesses in your first year at MBU

Professional Networking

The small class sizes and one-on-one relationships with professors at MBU give you access to a network of opportunities, and these improve your own networking skills so you’ll be ready to start the start-up after graduation




  • Leadership seminar provides opportunities to engage students in major and career exploration, promote leadership development, and build professional skills
  • Take a business plan from inception to market with your fellow community members.
  • Begin Entrepreneurial Life Plan (ELP) 


  • Focus on presentation skills
  • Opportunity to complete internships
  • Small groups will develop plans for small-scale businesses to be run the following year.


  • Focus on developing leadership skills
  • Continued internship opportunities
  • Groups will launch and operate businesses.
  • Mentorship program begins with local business leaders


  • Continued internship opportunities
  • Develop a plan for a business you want to start upon graduation.
  • Mentorship program continues

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