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Donald W. Maine College of Business
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Why the College of Business?

The Donald W. Maine College of Business’s long standing academic rigor and quality programs equip you for business success.  Understanding market trends and building community relationships to enhance your development is what we do best.  You will learn from faculty with industry experience and be exposed to best practices in the market to position you for your career of choice. 

 With a new state-of-the-art business building designed to incorporate multi-media technology, you will find interactive classrooms and movable work stations that model a real business environment.  Additionally, a new Entrepreneurial Center will provide individuals seeking to start and grow businesses right here in West Michigan opportunities to consult with professionals at each stage in the process. 

So, the only question you need to ask yourself is whether you want to get to where the world is going.  

Prospective Students

The Donald W. Maine College of Business at Davenport University has received specialized accreditation for its business and acccounting programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Edcuation (IACBE) located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa Kansas, US.  For a listing of accredited programs, visit  /college-business/accreditation

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The Donald W. Maine College of Business applies the principles of entrepreneurship to every program. We have an undergraduate degree for you.

Choose your Bachelor degree program.

Choose your Associate degree program.

Please take some time to view the following videos about our Donald W. Maine College of Business.

Bachelor of Business Administration and Internships.

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If you have just completed your bachelor's degree or want to further your career, our graduate degree programs will help you get to where you want to be.

Master of Business Administration (MBA) is offered in several formats to fit every student's needs.

In addition, we offer the following graduate degree programs.

Please take some time to view the following videos about our Donald W. Maine College of Business programs.

Building leadership skills with your MBA.

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Post-Baccalaureate Certificates are for students who have attained a bachelor degree, but want to gain additional credentials in their field or who want to move to a new business related field.

Choose your Post-Baccalaureate Certificate.

Graduate Certificates provide students with the opportunity to deepen their skills in a particular subject. They may be completed at any time while taking Master of Business Administration courses provided the prerequisites are met, or may be completed as a stand-alone certificate.

Choose your Graduate Certificate.

Got Questions?

Feel free to browse the selections below for further information.

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All of Davenport University programs are accredited by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education(IACBE).

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Global Education

Davenport offers many options to partially or fully complete your degree online

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Registered Student Organizations

Getting involved on campus is easy. Contact Student Services for information.

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Study Abroad

DU's study-abroad programs provide you with first-hand experience while earning course credit towards your degree.

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Getting work experience before you graduate is crucial. Many times internships also lead to full time positions.

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Faculty Directory

Here you can find a full list of faculty and staff members for the Donald W. Maine College of Business.

Davenport News
Ryan Slider at the Super Bowl
DU sport management alumnus puts his skills to work at the Super Bowl
While millions of viewers watched the Super Bowl on Feb. 4, Ryan Coleman — a Davenport University alumnus — was given the opportunity to put his skills and knowledge to work at the event. Coleman earned his bachelor’s degree in sport management from DU in 2016 and is currently working on his graduate degree at Minot State University in North Dakota. Coleman’s role involved greeting and helping the fans at this year's Superbowl. What an exciting event for one of our own.
Steve Bayus and Christina Flowers at Davenport University
Recent alumna launches magazine after class that inspires hands-on learning
Christina Flowers, 2017, learned how to launch her new magazine from Steve Bayus’ class that blended real-life teachings and storytelling to inspire hands-on learning. For many, returning to school to pursue an MBA after being laid off can be challenging, especially for those who are adventuring into entrepreneurship like Flowers. Bayus and Flowers first met in the winter semester of 2017 in a master’s level marketing course. She recalls that time as a turning point for her business.
Davenport University College of Business dedication
Donald W. Maine College of Business Dedication
More than 160 people attended the dedication of the new Donald W. Maine College of Business Building. Don Maine portrayed his gratitude and sincere appreciation – “Davenport has been built on a culture of leadership, talent and teamwork. This building represents the countless hours of dedication by the staff, faculty and students. It is another giant step forward for Davenport and its students in the ever-changing world of business and technology.”
Tyrus R. Wessell Award
Long-time faculty member of the Donald W. Maine College of Business, Frank Novakowski, was honored with the Tyrus R. Wessell award at the 2016 DavenFest employee meeting. Frank is known for his sincerity, genuine willingness to help and commitment to accountability. A true champion for students!
Lettinga DECA wins big again!
Keeping their winning streak strong, the W.A. Lettinga DECA team took home six first-place, three second-place, and one third-place award along with eight finalist medals at state competition in Grand Rapids. Davenport’s commitment to real-world, hands-on learning and the DU Excellence System competencies helped the team create and present viable solutions in case studies and role plays that impressed the judges and helped them shut out 200 strong competitors. :
Davenport University Students Excelled at the 2017 BPA Post-Secondary State Leadership Conference
Davenport University’s BPA competitors won 18 state champion titles, 22 runner-up titles, and 13 third-place finishes. Overall, Davenport captured 130 top-ten place finishes with 35 students qualifying to represent Davenport University and the State of Michigan at the 51st annual BPA National Leadership Conference in Orlando, Florida, May 9 – 15, 2017!
Entrepreneur YOU Conference
The Entrepreneur YOU Conference is designed to education women with a passion for owning their own business. Learn about the challenges and opportunities - from launch to growth.
Wayne County Community College District Partners with Davenport University
Wayne County Community College District has partnered with Davenport University to include Davenport in the University Center at the district's Western Campus in Belleville. As part of the agreement, students who earn their associate degrees at the community college will be able to transfer their credits to a bachelor’s degree program at Davenport and continue their studies at the same location.
School district estimates Middle College graduates saved $723K
Kenowa Hills Public School's second round of Middle College students graduated high school and Davenport University on Sunday, May 1, 2016. Twenty-one students received an associate's degree and diploma, after completing the program, saving over $700,000 in college expenses.
Davenport celebrates 150 years in business
On Jan. 25, 1866, Grand Rapids Business College held its first bookkeeping, penmanship, business law and arithmetic classes for 16 registered students. One sesquicentennial later, the academic institution now called Davenport University launched the milestone year with an Anniversary Kick-Off Event at its W.A. Lettinga Campus. The event marked the beginning of a year-long celebration for the institution that began as a small private school and now is a fully accredited private university offering undergraduate, graduate and online degrees to nearly 9,000 students.
Global News in Business
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Facing delays, shortages and higher prices for raw materials, small manufacturers are finding new sources. Not all are able to pass along the costs.
With Omicron, Stock Analysts Expecting More Uncertainty
Stocks rose on Monday, but analysts expect a bumpy ride for share prices while experts assess whether existing vaccines will be effective against the new variant.
Jack Dorsey Steps Down as C.E.O. of Twitter
The social media pioneer, whose name has become synonymous with the company, was replaced by Twitter’s chief technology officer, Parag Agrawal.
Who Is Parag Agrawal, Twitter’s New C.E.O.?
A longtime Twitter insider and a confidant of co-founder Jack Dorsey, Mr. Agrawal takes over as the social media company confronts various challenges.
Elizabeth Holmes Says Former Boyfriend Abused Her
Ms. Holmes, the founder of the failed blood testing start-up Theranos, blamed Ramesh Balwani, the former No. 2 at the company.
Amazon Union Vote in Alabama Is Overturned by Regional Labor Office
Amazon said in August that it intended to appeal to the national labor board if it did not prevail at the regional level, but it did not say Monday whether it would follow through.
Europe Looks to Nuclear Power to Meet Climate Goals
While wind and solar ramp up, several countries, including France and Britain, are looking to expand their nuclear energy programs. Germany and others aren’t so enthusiastic.
An Auto Show for the Raddest Cars of the ’80s and ’90s
Nostalgia mixes with tape decks and car phones at RADwood events that aim to capture “the essence of a bodacious era.”
How Tesla Helps China's Firms Compete With the U.S.
The electric car company is helping Chinese companies become global players in the emerging industry, posing a competitive threat to traditional rivals.
China’s Silence on Peng Shuai Shows the Limits of Beijing’s Propaganda
Officials have struggled to respond to a sexual assault allegation that hits at the heights of its buttoned-up political system.
Supply Chain Problems Have Small Retailers Gambling on Hoarding
Some independent stores ordered in bulk well in advance, and now are hoping they’re able to sell what they have.
How to Make a Personal Logo
Choose an emblem that represents an aspect of yourself that goes back to a childlike state. Simple actions and clear lines are best.
Counterfeit Covid Masks Are Still Sold Everywhere
Rising Covid cases have spurred a return to mask-wearing in the U.S. and overseas, at a time when flawed KN95s from China continue to dominate e-commerce sites.
Adolfo, Designer Who Dressed Nancy Reagan, Dies at 98
Adolfo, who began as a milliner and took inspiration from Chanel, was also a favorite of New York society women.
Biden Administration Says Stores Will Be Fully Stocked for the Holidays
President Biden has made a push to unclog ports, address trucker shortages and take other steps to alleviate the pressure created by consumers looking to buy couches, cars and electronics instead of eating out or going to theme parks.
Omicron Increases Inflation Uncertainty, Fed Chair Will Tell Lawmakers
Jerome H. Powell, who will appear before the Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday, also plans to tell lawmakers that price gains could last well into 2022, according to prepared remarks.
Chris Cuomo Played Outsize Role in Andrew Cuomo’s Defense
Chris Cuomo, the CNN host, participated in strategy discussions and shared a tip on at least one woman who had accused his brother, Andrew Cuomo, of sexual harassment.
Who Owns a Recipe? A Plagiarism Claim Has Cookbook Authors Asking.
U.S. copyright law protects all kinds of creative material, but recipe creators are mostly powerless in an age and a business that are all about sharing.
Clearview AI fined $22.6 million by U.K. privacy commissioner.
The Information Commissioner’s Office said it fined Clearview AI for failing to inform British residents that it was collecting billions of photos from sites including Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn to build its facial recognition software.
Arlene Dahl, Movie Star Turned Entrepreneur, Is Dead at 96
She had already started branching out when her film career was at its height, writing a syndicated column and launching a fashion and cosmetics business.
Movie Attendance Is Still Down. Some People May Never Return.
Nearly half of the prepandemic audience hasn’t returned, research shows, and 8 percent may be gone forever.
Black Friday sales were up, but reflected the challenges facing retailers.
Drawn by deals, consumers spread out their spending in the weeks leading up to the day after Thanksgiving.
In Scotland, Cooking Halibut to Curb Climate Change
Scottish cooks and diners are putting sustainable fish and shellfish on the plate in a tangible (and delicious) move to curb the effects of climate change.
Antiviral Covid-19 Pills Are Coming. Will There Be Enough Tests?
The pills must be given early in the course of infection, which means access to timely, accurate test results will be crucial.
Zestworld Will Give Comic Book Creators a Greater Stake
Zestworld, which counts Alexis Ohanian as a supporter, will allow comic book writers and artists to present new work and reap the benefits.
Omicron Is Hitting Markets Less Hard Than Other Covid Variants
Investors are re-pricing the risks of the latest coronavirus variant.
A ‘Simpsons’ Episode Lampooned Chinese Censorship. In Hong Kong, It Vanished.
The episode mocked both Mao Zedong and the government’s efforts to suppress memory of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre.
Hunt for the ‘Blood Diamond of Batteries’ Impedes Green Energy Push
Dangerous mining conditions plague Congo, home to the world’s largest supply of cobalt, a key ingredient in electric cars. A leadership battle threatens reforms.
Taliban and 9/11 Families Fight for Billions in Frozen Afghan Funds
The White House must figure out what to do with the Afghan central bank’s account at the Federal Reserve, now blocked under U.S. law.
Could Roads Recharge Electric Cars? The Technology May Be Close.
But challenges await, including technical issues, regulatory barriers and many miles of highway.
Stock Markets Steady as Omicron's Impact Is Assessed
After tumbling on Friday, the S&P 500 gained more than 1 percent. Oil prices and bond yields also rose.
How Journalists and Academics are Tackling the 'Misinformation' Wars
Journalists and academics are developing a new language for truth. The results are not always clearer.
Omicron Variant Surfaces Amid an Airline Travel Rebound
With several countries imposing new restrictions, the question now is whether travelers will be deterred.
‘Encanto’ Reaches No. 1, but Moviegoers Are Tough to Lure Back
No simultaneous streaming: “Encanto” or “House of Gucci” could only be seen in theaters this weekend. Even still, some viewers stayed home.
Sylvia Weinstock, the ‘da Vinci of Wedding Cakes,’ Dies at 91
She produced floral-draped architectural works in the shape of rose-studded topiaries, baskets of speckled lilies and bouquets of anemones.
The Week in Business: Choosing the Same Path
President Biden opted for continuity at the Fed, nominating Jerome Powell to a second four-year term. And it’s that time of year — for travel and shopping.
Local News Outlets May Reap $1.7 Billion in Build Back Better Aid
A small paper like The Storm Lake Times in Iowa would receive a big tax credit. So would Gannett, the nation’s largest news publisher.
U.K. Trucking Shortage Endures Despite Plea for Foreign Drivers
A special visa offer, aimed at forestalling a supply chain fiasco during the holidays, goes begging for takers.
Supply Chain Shortages Help a North Carolina Furniture Town
The furniture capital of the state is ground zero for inflation, labor shortages, hot demand and limited supply. It’s debating how to cope.
Booster Rollout for Nursing Homes Is Sluggish
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Where Will We Be in 20 Years?
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Back to full capacity and on the hunt for Legos in New Jersey.
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See Black Friday Photos From Around the Country
Gaming consoles and TVs were among the most popular items at the beginning of the holiday shopping season.
The Return of the Holiday Party
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Theft Is Becoming an Increasing Concern for Retailers
About 69 percent of stores said they have seen an increase in organized theft in the past year.
Stocks and Oil Drop Amid New Coronavirus Variant
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How Black Friday Got Its Name
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In Europe, Trying to Find Fun and Games in Holiday Retailing
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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Hanukkah
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The Holiday Shopping Season Is Here, but Is It Back?
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A Holiday Gift Guide to Beat Inflation
Prices are soaring for almost everything, but a few choice gifts are even cheaper than two years ago. Or show your love by going on your family’s annual “lard run.”
80 Years of Holiday Shopping in New York
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Leadership Team

Below is the Leadership Team for the Donald W. Maine College of Business. For a full list of faculty and staff members, please see the link under "Got Questions?"

Dr. Michael Carey at Davenport University.
Mike Carey, Ph.D. MBA. CM
Interim Dean
Director of Graduate Programs
Professor Jennifer Byron at Davenport University.
Jennifer Byron, MBA

Associate Dean in the College of Business
Professor Misty Davis at Davenport University.
Misty Davis, JD

Department Chair in Legal Studies and Human Resource Management
Dr. Linda Goulet at Davenport University
Linda Goulet, DBA

Department Chair for Marketing
Professor Grant Lee at Davenport University.
Grant Lee, MAcc

Department Chair for Accounting and Finance
Dr. Vivianne Moore at Davenport University
Vivianne Moore, DM, MS

Department Chair for Management
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