COBA names new Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Posted March 21, 2013

The College of Business Administration is proud to announce the addition of its newest Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Chad Hutchins (’08). In his new role, Hutchins will assist ACU students pursuing entrepreneurship and developing new business concepts.

While at ACU, Hutchins studied computer science with a focus in business. He has always had a knack for entrepreneurship, winning two Springboard Ideas Challenge contests and founding three start-up companies.

After graduation, Hutchins took a full-time job with Milsoft, a nationwide company that develops software for use in the electric utility industry. He worked as a business development and web specialist until July 2011, when he ventured out on his own.

After spending nine months building the company and website, the entrepreneur launched his latest start-up business, SugarOutfitters, in September of 2012. “It’s an app store for SugarCRM, a popular Customer Relationship Management (CRM) solution,” explains Hutchins. “Since its launch, sales have been going up every month.”

Through his previous entrepreneurial experience, Hutchins can offer much-needed advice to students.

“Having been in their exact shoes, I am excited to help provide the things I wished were available to me as I tried to build my own businesses while at ACU,” says Hutchins. “The college experience is such a unique time in a person’s life, a time you don’t get back. I believe it's the best time to hone the skills necessary to build a business.”

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