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Kabara Institute
for Entrepreneurial Studies

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 University. 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 businessmen and women of tomorrow. In 2005, the Kabaras began their commitment support the growth of entrepreneurship at Saint Mary’s University. Through a transformational gift, Dr. Jon and Betty Kabara established the Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies.

The Kabara Institute aims to incite a passion for entrepreneurial spirit in students across the university, regardless of their major field of study, to enhance the entrepreneurship program offerings at Saint Mary’s University by providing opportunities for students to interact with entrepreneurs and experience entrepreneurship first-hand, and to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of the importance of entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship in our society.

The Kabaras invite alumni, friends, and parents of the university to join them in building the spirit of entrepreneurship on campus through volunteering their time, talents and treasures.

If you are interested in supporting or participating in the Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, please contact:

James Bedtke, MBA
Professor of Business
Director, Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies
800-635-5987, Ext. 1458
507-457-1458
jbedtke@smumn.edu

Thomas Marpe, Ed.D.
Associate Professor of Business
Program Director, Business Plans and Competitions
800-635-5987, Ext. 6963
507-457-6963
tmarpe@smumn.edu