Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies





The Kabara Institute brings together students, faculty, community members and entrepreneurs to innovate, develop and grow the entrepreneurial spirit.


Programming that brings entrepreneurs on campus



Getting students ready to be change makers


Building things together

Investing in tomorrow’s business leaders

The late Dr. Jon Kabara ’48 and his wife, Betty, challenged others to partner with them to help aspiring young entrepreneurs at Saint Mary’s University. This tradition continues today.

Dr. Kabara, an entrepreneur in the field of medical research, knew he wanted to share his passion, spirit and know-how with the businessmen and women of tomorrow. In 2005, the Kabaras began their commitment support the growth of entrepreneurship at Saint Mary’s University. Through a transformational gift, Dr. Jon and Betty Kabara established the Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies.

The Kabara Institute aims to incite a passion for entrepreneurial spirit in students across the university, regardless of their major field of study, to enhance the entrepreneurship program offerings at Saint Mary’s University by providing opportunities for students to interact with entrepreneurs and experience entrepreneurship first-hand, and to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of the importance of entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship in our society.

The Kabaras invite alumni, friends, and parents of the university to join them in building the spirit of entrepreneurship on campus through volunteering their time, talents and treasures.

Recent Event

Guest Speaker: Ellen Schreder

Science and Learning Center 200
April 30th

 Have you ever wondered how you could use your talents to create a better world?

– Ellen has pursued a passion for helping those who lack the resources to lift themselves out of poverty.

– Her passion has translated into practical action in the form of Helping Haiti Work, a platform for offering renewable small business loans and designing employment strategies to generate self-sufficiency among women in Haiti.

– Using that passion to further address root causes, Ellen helped found Days for Girls, a business whose goal is to foster better education retention for girls and increase graduation rates.

– Ellen clearly embodies the LaSallian missions of service and leadership and we are privileged to host her on campus

If you are interested in supporting or participating in the Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies:

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