Murfreesboro Councilman Ronnie Martin Offers Business Advice to MTSU Entrepreneurship Students at Jones’s College of Business


Murfreesboro City Councilman Ronnie Martin Talks to Students

Councilman Martin recently met with MTSU Entrepreneurship students. The Middle Tennessee State University’s Jennings A. Jones College of Business Entrepreneurship Program hosted Martin.
Martin often visits the program and shared his banking and keen business insight with the class of roughly 20 students.

“Ask yourself why do you want to have your own

M’Boro Councilman Ronnie Martin

Owning a business isn’t for everyone,” said Councilman Martin. “Find fulfillment in what you do in life.”




Martin earned both an Economics degree and a Master of Business Administration (MBA). Martin also attended LSU’s Graduate School of Banking, which is the premier Banking School in the South.

The M’Boro Councilman is a Financial Advisor at Pinnacle Financial Partners where he works predominately with small businesses owners. In his 25-year career, he has worked on many new construction projects and has significant real estate lending experience. He also serves on the Planning Commission, and Cable TV Commission.

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MTSU Jennings A. Jones College of Business Professor Dennis Gupton Class

The MTSU Entrepreneurship class called New Creation is taught by Professor Dennis Gupton. Gupton, an entrepreneur himself is proud to bring real life experience and share it with his students.

“My class culminates with the entrepreneur taking their idea and plan in front of an investor or a loan officer,” Gupton said.

Dennis Gupton, Management faculty.

Ronnie adds the element of telling the future entrepreneurs what the loan officers are looking for so they can prepare and be more successful.”






Professor Gupton holds a master’s in management and a bachelor’s in business with a focus on management from Austin Peay State University. He teaches undergraduate students in the area of management and entrepreneurship.

Gupton is also an entrepreneur and previously managed large companies. Gupton also owns and manages North Meets South Catering Services based in Clarksville, Tennessee.


“The MTSU Business and Entrepreneurship Program is designed for students who want to learn to successfully create and operate a new venture,” said Dr. David Urban. Urban serves as the Dean of the Jennings Jones College of Business.

Dr. David Urban, Dean of the Jennings A. Jones College of Business

“Students who want to start a new business will benefit from the marketing, management, finance, accounting, and other specialized courses. The program provides experience, internship opportunities, and interaction with knowledgeable business leaders. I am proud of what the program does to improve student’s lives.”


Fascinating Entrepreneurship Statistics:

  • 90% of new American billionaires are self-made.
  • In 2016, there were 25 million Americans who were starting or already running their own business.
  • The number one reason why businesses fail is there’s no market need.
  • 46% of small business entrepreneurs are between the ages of 41 and 56.
  • There are 582 million entrepreneurs in the world.
  • 20% of small businesses fail within the first year.
  • Studies show middle-aged men start the most successful businesses.

Source: Forbes, Small Business Genius


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Middle Tennessee State University’s Entrepreneurship program
offers preparation to students for successful venture creation and

The program provides them opportunities to acquire the necessary operational knowledge to start a newenterprise and to study business communication, marketing, finance, management, economics, accounting, and information systems from an entrepreneurial perspective.

A major in Entrepreneurship consists of 30 hours, 50 percent of which must be taken in residence at MTSU. 

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