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A Message From Our Director

Dear Friends –
As the month of March comes to an end, we are all coming to grips with the reality of a truly unprecedented time. While the COVID-19 contagion creates a challenging situation for everyone, we know that it is especially difficult for those, like so many of you, who are working to build a new business, keep a small local business afloat, or serve communities through non-profits.  
In ways large and small, we, too, are adjusting our professional and personal lives for the safety and protection of each other. Leaders across the University have acted thoughtfully and decisively to implement the directives of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health. Two weeks ago, President Crawford suspended all face-to-face instruction in lectures, discussion sections, seminars and other similar classroom settings across Miami University’s U.S. campuses. As a result, courses are being delivered by remote instruction at least through the end of the spring semester.
Additionally, the University has cancelled all in-person events for the remainder of the spring semester, including John W. Altman Institute programs like the Business Model Road Test Competition and the RedHawk Venture Pitch Competition, among others. Please visit for the latest information on Miami’s response to the outbreak.
In the interest of public safety and in compliance with university and public health directives, all Altman Institute faculty and staff are working from home until further notice, and campus offices have been temporarily closed.

Despite the many challenges the COVID-19 contagion presents, Miami and the Altman Institute remain open for business, carrying out remote instruction for more than 1,000 undergraduate entrepreneurship students, and our faculty and staff are working diligently to find new and innovative ways to translate our content and events into online platforms where possible.
We are also considering ways we can better support our community of startups, small businesses, and non-profits. Look for more information very soon on miamientrepreneurship.neta new website that will provide support, tools, and other resources to businesses affected most by the crisis.
As always, thank you for your continued support, and please know that our thoughts are with you and yours as we navigate this extraordinary time together.  As Governor DeWine has assured us all, “We will get through this.” Together.

Feel free to contact us at if there is anything we can do to assist you. 
Love and Honor,
Tim R. Holcomb, Ph.D.

Director of the John W. Altman Institute for Entrepreneurship 
Farmer School Endres Associate Professor Fellow and Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship
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