Investing in Tomorrow's Business Leaders

The late Dr. Jon Kabara ’48 and his wife, Betty, challenged others to partner with them to help aspiring young entrepreneurs at Saint Mary’s succeed. This tradition continues today.

Dr. Kabara, an entrepreneur in the field of medical research, knew he wanted to share his passion, spirit and know-how with the businesspeople of tomorrow. In 2005, the Kabaras began their commitment to support the growth of entrepreneurship at Saint Mary’s. Through a transformational gift, Dr. Jon and Betty Kabara established the Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies.

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An entrepreneur in training

After pitching an invention to one of the executives on TV’s Shark Tank, presenting to Saint Mary’s faculty was a piece of cake. Stephany Beck ’21 might only be a freshman, but the Entrepreneurship and Marketing double major is already finding ways to enhance her pitching skills, network with area professionals, and learn how one day she could put her name on an innovative product that could help others. Read more ›

Saint Mary’s Kabara Institute hosts panel discussion about the role of the arts in our economy

  WINONA, Minn. — Interested in finding out how the MidWest Music Fest got started? Ever wonder how a Shakespeare festival ended up in Winona? Is the Minnesota Marine Art Museum going to expand? Hear how the arts are drawing crowds, visibility, and revenue to the Winona area on Thursday, Nov. 9, at the Arts […] Read more ›

Kabara Institute lights entrepreneurial spirit

WINONA, Minn. — With new leadership, visionary ideas, and innovative community collaborations, the Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at Saint Mary’s University is announcing its fall schedule of events. The public is invited to watch as students pitch their passions and participate in important community discussions about the social and economic impacts of entrepreneurship. Above […] Read more ›

Saint Mary’s dedicates Science and Learning Center [video]

Saint Mary’s University junior biology major Bailey O’Hare joked that she’d make her speech short May 12 during the dedication ceremony for the new Science and Learning Center on the Winona Campus. “Because I, like you, can’t wait to get inside,” she told the crowd of more than 400 people at the Winona Campus celebration. […] Read more ›

Students inspired by DMC’s entrepreneurial opportunities

Jamie Sundsbak, the community manager of Collider Coworking in Rochester, decided to get down to business. “How many of you like entrepreneurship?” he asked a crowd of Saint Mary’s undergraduate entrepreneurial and science students. Appropriately, dozens of hands shot up the air. Sundsbak, along with other key Mayo Clinic and Rochester business and entrepreneurial leaders, […] Read more ›

Mixing science and business

Joe Malinao had chosen to major in biology, thinking he would follow a typical pre-med route. But after shadowing physicians, he decided that he enjoyed patient care but he was even more interested in the business aspects of medicine. That’s where his pairing of a science major and a business minor has been invaluable to […] Read more ›

Saint Mary’s receives $1.5 million to enhance science, business

WINONA, Minn. — With a recent $1.5 million donation, Betty Kabara—current trustee and longtime supporter of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota—is enhancing and furthering the university’s science and business initiatives. Through her generosity and partnership, Kabara, a resident of Galena, Ill., will help Saint Mary’s prepare tomorrow’s students to meet the challenges and demands of […] Read more ›

If you are interested in supporting or participating in the Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, please contact Christine Beech, director of the Kabara Institute, listed below.

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Christine Beech

Director of the Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies and Assistant Professor of Business

Saint Mary's Hall, SM401

Campus Box: # 15

(507) 457-6978

Christine Beech