How to avoid business ‘bumps and bruises’; business, ethics forum

ST. GEORGE — Avoiding the pitfalls of running a business will be the highlight of the Business and Ethics Forum series, presented by Paul McMullin, national sales manager of Conduit Repair Systems, Inc. at Dixie State University on Thursday at noon.

The Business and Ethics Forum is held in the Boeing Auditorium, room 121 of the Udvar-Hazy Business Building. All are invited and admission is free.

McMullin’s presentation, entitled “Bumps & Bruises,” will discuss how the downfall of many businesses is not one solid blow, but many little bumps and bruises that could be avoided. McMullin will talk about a pair of business ventures he currently oversees, including his manufacturing company and court reporting business, and how having personal and business integrity plays an important role in the success of each venture.

The final forum of the 2014 fall semester will be held on Dec. 4, with a presentation delivered by Nate Staheli, DSU associate professor of accounting and senior partner at Staheli & Jacobsen C.P.A.

About the DSU Business and Ethics Forum

The DSU Business and Ethics Forum is held every other Thursday throughout the fall and spring semesters, with each guest lecturer speaking on business matters in their respective professions and how ethics are introduced into the discussion.

The semimonthly forum, along with campus’ Institute for Business Integrity, was created by former DSU president Dr. Robert Huddleston in 2006, as a way to integrate ethics into the curriculum, and have it serve as a blueprint to ensure that students graduate with a set of ethical tools to help them get along in the professional world.

In 2006-07, Dixie State’s business program sought initial accreditation with the high profile Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. In order to become accredited with the association, ethics were required to be integrated into the college’s business curriculum. As a result, each business class on the DSU campus now includes an ethical component.

Huddleston said that the business forums will give students – and current and prospective local business owners – an added dose of ethics training that is so sorely needed into today’s business world. His hope is that by the time students leave Dixie State, they have been exposed to enough ethical cases that, when they get out in the workforce, they will have the wherewithal and the intestinal fortitude to do the right thing, even when their job might be on the line.

The Dixie State University Institute for Business Integrity is a partnership between the DSU Udvar-Hazy School of Business, the Small Business Development Center, the Washington County Economic Development Council, and the St. George Area Chamber of Commerce.

Event details and resources

  • What: Bumps and bruises
  • When: Thursday, Nov. 20, at noon
  • Where: Boeing Auditorium, Room 121, Udvar-Hazy Business Building, Dixie State University campus
  • For questions regarding the DSU Institute for Business Integrity forums, contact Dr. Huddleston at [email protected] or 435-652-7740.

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