Linda Ramirez, Program Coordinator Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship & Free Enterprise
WHO IS LINDA RAMIREZ?
I grew up in Waco, but I’ve lived all over Texas in Dallas, San Antonio and Abilene. I ultimately returned to Waco to raise my children. I am a mother to three wonderful daughters and grandmother to three boys and one girl. Along the way, I graduated from Baylor with a BBA in management. Early in my career I founded a multi-management business. After I eventually sold the business, I continued to work with entrepreneurs through the Small Business Development Center Programs at McLennan Community College and the University of Texas at San Antonio. I soon realized that I loved working with business owners and students as much as I loved owning my own business.
WHAT DO YOU DO AT BAYLOR?
I’ve been at Baylor since 2013. As a Program Coordinator in the John F. Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship & Free Enterprise, I am primarily responsible for the Texas Family Business of the Year Awards Program. I also assist with Oso Launch, a program that works with Baylor freshmen who are interested in starting their own business. I love working with student entrepreneurs!
WHAT’S SOMETHING INTERESTING ABOUT WORKING IN THE ENT DEPARTMENT?
Interesting nugget some may not be aware of is that the reach of the Entrepreneurship department extends far beyond campus. We also work very closely with the Waco small-business community. I’ve had the opportunity to work with Start-up Waco, Hustle Co-Working space and quite a few local entrepreneurs. It’s something special to watch the Entrepreneurship faculty, staff and students work together with the community.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE BAYLOR TRADITION?
I love Baylor Homecoming! By the time Homecoming hits the calendar, the mornings can be chilly and it’s absolutely perfect to grab a coffee or hot chocolate and watch the Baylor Homecoming Parade. The floats, the bands and the bears all bring back such good memories.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A NEW ENT MAJOR?
Dig in! There are so many ways to get involved — Oso Launch, the New Venture Competition, McLane Scholars Reading Program and the Confessions of an Entrepreneur speaker series — each with an opportunity to connect with alumni, community entrepreneurs, student entrepreneurs as well as the Entrepreneurship department faculty and staff.
For more information on Baylor Entrepreneurship, please visit our website at baylor.edu/business/entrepreneurship/.