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FILE - Utah State University’s Jon M. Huntsman School of Business has won a first place award from the U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship for its Small Enterprise Education and Development program, known as SEED.

LOGAN — Utah State University’s Jon M. Huntsman School of Business has won a first place award from the U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship for its Small Enterprise Education and Development program, known as SEED.

The program sends student interns to Ghana, the Philippines, Peru and the Dominican Republic to teach local entrepreneurs professional skills and help them grow their small businesses. The award was for excellence in co-curricular innovation.

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“With 53 universities competing for four national USASBE awards, we’re thrilled that our entrepreneurship program has been singled out for its innovation,” Dan Holland, an associate professor of entrepreneurship at the USU Huntsman School, said in a statement. “It is a real credit to the team of student interns, in-country business owners, faculty mentors, generous donors and strategic partners that have built SEED into such an impactful learning opportunity. It is educational innovation at its best.”

Students who intern with SEED study entrepreneurship, micro-finance and small business consulting for one semester, and then visit a country for three months. They help individuals write business plans, launch new ventures, set goals, create budgets, develop accounting practices and organize inventory management systems. The students are mentored and then solidify their learning by mentoring others through the new venture creation process.