Rowlett Chamber president achieves new honors with Master of Science in Economic Development & Entrepreneurship

ROWLETT, TX (May 18, 2022) – The Rowlett Area Chamber congratulates its President and Chief Operating Officer, Michael Gallops on earning his Master of Science in Economic Development & Entrepreneurship from the University of Houston – Victoria (UHV). Commencement was held on May 14 in Victoria, TX.

Entrepreneurship involves starting and developing new businesses, and economic development focuses on attracting existing businesses to a particular area. The unique combination of these two disciplines into a single course of study allowed students to get a complete, holistic understanding of the forces in economic growth. “Students who have a combined understanding of both economic development and entrepreneurship will have a distinct advantage benefiting both themselves and the areas they serve,” said Charles Bullock, dean of the School of Business Administration at UHV. Students learned about the process of starting and running a business in terms of the life of a business from start to finish and its impact on the community’s economy. In the entrepreneurship portion of the program, students concentrated on what is needed every step of the way in a business’s life cycle, from the beginning of taking a business concept, evaluating the market, getting the business started, and specialized topics such as finance and marketing. The program also focused on how to attract businesses to develop a community’s economy. That focus on overall community growth gives entrepreneurs an important perspective about how their businesses are part of a larger economic trend.

When asked about the program Gallops said, “This program was intense but totally worth it. I learned a lot and the best part was that it fits into my role at the Rowlett Area Chamber. Even my capstone project will be used in the Chamber’s Workforce and Talent Development programs.” The capstone project will be a series of course for small business owners and entrepreneurs covering topics such as bookkeeping, marketing, financing a business, and even human resources which will be completed in partnership with the Rowlett Economic Development team. Additionally, the project will be introduced at Rowlett High School as pilot to introduce high school students to entrepreneurship.

Gallops graduated with a 4.0 and was inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma, the international business honor society for the top 5% of business students and to Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline honor society.

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