Notre Dame College Develops Campus Presence of its Enterprise Development Center

Notre Dame College has started construction of a dedicated space on campus for its Enterprise Development Center.

The College is remodeling nearly 3,500 square feet of its campus Connelly Center, which will serve as a permanent site and physical presence for the center, called EDC@NDC.

The expanse will showcase a large central event area, which converts to an open classroom space.  

Features from a video conference room to transferable speaking platform will facilitate innovative business, internship and learning activities. Additionally, the center will include a one-on-one meeting section, student laptop lounge, computer lab and administrative office space.

The center is near Notre Dame’s dining facilities, extending its capacity to stimulate entrepreneurial thinking and facilitate professional, academic and experiential learning opportunities for students, while supporting Northeast Ohio’s startups and small businesses. The center also will feature a food and beverage area and storage space.

An interdisciplinary initiative, the center provides eligible entrepreneurs with accepted student interns who are trained and work at no cost. The interns serve in the subject areas business owners have identified as most needed to launch their new ventures, including graphic design, marketing and development.

Renovation of the center’s new space, which started during winter break, is expected to be complete around May 1.

Construction commenced after a recent $100,000 gift from Joseph Scaminace, a member of Notre Dame’s Board of Trustees, which will be used for programming as well as contribute to the continued growth of the center.

That commitment was the latest in a series of gifts that have benefitted the center since early 2015. Previous grants include: $115,000 from the Burton D. Morgan Foundation; $250,000 from the Dustin Family Foundation; and $150,000 from the Cleveland Foundation as a Fenn Educational Grant.

The Cleveland Foundation grant enabled the establishment of the center’s innovative internship program, currently in the process of creating over 100 paid, on-campus internships in support of over 50 startups in the next two years, in partnership with community partners such as FlashStarts and StartMart.

The EDC@NDC already has several student and startup success stories in just its first year. The center’s director is Bill Leamon. Additional information is online:


About Notre Dame College

For almost a century, Notre Dame College has educated a diverse population in the liberal arts for personal, professional and global responsibility. Founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1922, the College has grown strategically to keep pace with the rapidly changing needs of students and the dramatic changes in higher education. But it has never lost sight of its emphasis on teaching students not only how to make a good living but also how to live a good life.

Today, the College offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 disciplines plus a variety of master's degrees, certification programs and continuing and professional development programs for adult learners on campus and online. Notre Dame College offers NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic programs for men and women and is located in a picturesque residential neighborhood just 25 minutes from the heart of Cleveland. Hallmarks of the Notre Dame experience include stimulating academics, personalized attention of dedicated faculty and staff, and small class sizes.

Notre Dame College is located at 4545 College Road in South Euclid. For further information contact Brian Johnston, chief communications officer, at 216.373.5252 or


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