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Norfolk State University
Center for Entrepreneurship

A foundational goal of The Ernest M. Hodge Center for Entrepreneurship is the promotion of scholarly research in the fields of entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship, technological innovation, and small- and family-owned business enterprises. The Center’s research contributes to the improvement of entrepreneurship education, and to a better understanding of factors affecting the formation and growth of new and existing businesses.

Campus Advisory Board

These wonderful volunteers give of their time and experience to assists our new business activities in the Hodge Institute. Many of them fulfill the role of mentors to our students who desire to create their own businesses and tweak the existing business model that is already in the implementation stage.

Ernest L. Hodge Biography

Ernest M. Hodge, founder and co-CEO of March/Hodge Automotive Group, is a 1975 graduate of Norfolk State University. In 2006 Mr. Hodge was recognized by Black Enterprise magazine as having the second-largest Black-owned business in America. While his professional accomplishments are nothing short of historic, his generosity and personal perspective are just as impressive.

Mr. Hodge said “I look back on NSU with pride in not only what I gained from my experiences there, but…for the future of the school and the experiences it offers incoming students. I always had the desire to work for myself and have control of my own destiny. NSU offered me an environment that encouraged my entrepreneurial spirit and equipped me with the skills necessary to take off on my own. The students entering the Ernest M. Hodge Center for Entrepreneurship now have opportunities that were not available to me when I attended NSU. I am pleased to be in a position to partner with NSU in offering those opportunities”.