Notre Dame College Offers Public Access to its 'Entrepreneurs Studio'

Notre Dame College is taking an innovative approach to open courseware: creating a craft archive of entrepreneurial thinking from area experts.

Inside the Entrepreneurs Studio at Notre Dame College offers free online access to videos of guest lecturers sharing insight from their personal and corporate ventures through a question-and-answer forum. The series is hosted by Notre Dame President Thomas G. Kruczek.

The approximately hour-long sessions will be made available for public access on the College website and YouTube channel. The first program features Michael Canty, president of Alloy Bellows & Precision Welding Inc. in Northeast Ohio.

Inside the Entrepreneurs Studio programming is a spinoff from Notre Dame’s undergraduate capstone course in New Venture Management. The College offers an entrepreneurship minor and is in the process of creating a full bachelor’s degree program major in the field of study.

In addition to behind-the-scenes details of starting, scaling and selling companies, the guests discuss interdisciplinary abilities, like writing, complex reasoning and critical thinking, entrepreneurs need in addition to technical business skills.

Kruczek, who team teaches the course, brings to the series his expertise in building successful businesses and social enterprises, supporting community and student startup incubators and leading college entrepreneurship programs. View the program online now.

In addition to providing a craft archive for those off campus, Inside the Entrepreneurs Studio serves as a permanent resource for students at the College. 

The New Venture Management course completes the study of owning, operating and managing a small enterprise. Through the expert testimonies and case studies, students learn planning a product or service, screening opportunities, developing financial projections, obtaining capital and managing growth. Many of the students complete business plans for their own ventures.

About Michael Canty

Canty is not the traditional entrepreneur. He purchased and grew Alloy Bellows & Precision Welding, an 85-year-old manufacturing company in Cleveland that designs and produces custom engineered products for the power generation, aerospace, semiconductor and oil and gas markets.      

His business background includes business start-ups and turn-around ventures, as well as strategic growth initiatives for several private companies. 

He also has held elected office as a precinct committeeman, a council member and eight years as mayor Bentleyville, Ohio.

Canty has more than 35 years of business experience dealing with a wide variety of industries that include security hardware, construction equipment, plumbing fixtures, heavy duty truck parts and industrial bellows assemblies—mostly with smaller enterprises having fewer than 500 employees. 

His interest in public service includes teaching evening marketing and business management courses at the Mansfield, Ohio, Correctional Institution, a close custody prison, for more than three years.  

As mayor of Bentleyville, Canty handled a variety of public issues and dealt with organizations at the local, state and federal levels.  His focus incorporated business development, job creation, the regulatory environment and education.

He serves in various board, commission and committee capacities that include the Council of Smaller Enterprises, the Greater Cleveland Partnership, the National Small Business Association and the Governor’s Small Business Advisory Council.    

Canty has a bachelor’s degree political science and an MBA in marketing and finance.

February 2017


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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