Mercer University's Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics delivers career-focused business education to develop innovative leaders and responsible global citizens. The school is widely recognized for innovative academic programs and accomplished faculty. Graduates of the Stetson School of Business and Economics serve as respected leaders and professionals in their industries and communities. The Stetson School is committed to empowering students to become successful entrepreneurs and business leaders--creating and executing their own business plans to fulfill a need they identified in the real world. The school sponsors an annual Entrepreneurial Festival in celebration of free enterprise. The event is composed of an Elevator Pitch Contest, an Entrepreneurial Forum led by innovative guest speakers, and a Business Model Competition. Mercer University is committed to equipping students with the knowledge and skills required to engage in sophisticated research aimed at solving real problems facing humankind. The university's Research that Reaches Out initiative is a quality enhancement plan that enhances student learning through service-focused research and fosters a culture of civic engagement through scholarship and service.