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Center for Free Enterprise

Founded in 2018, Belmont’s Thomas W. Beasley Center for Free Enterprise is a learning center committed to exploring and providing education and programming about the impact of free enterprise in American Society.

The Center aspires to become a global thought leader in free enterprise education and scholarship with a strong emphasis on student and community engagement seeking to cultivate flourishing communities through the power of free enterprise.  

Our steadfast defense of the free enterprise system is founded on the following beliefs:  

  • Competition and free markets, secured by private property, powered by innovation and entrepreneurship, supported by measured government intervention, regulation and taxation that results in economic and financial freedom.
  • Better life and opportunities for all through an economic system that offers the promise of prosperity, both individually and collectively. 
  • Individual and social responsibility that show the benefits of private ownership and for-profit business, and that demonstrate how management can achieve increased levels of profitability while simultaneously enhancing contribution to the environment, social and governance practices.
  • Character with purpose, including Belmont’s focus on equipping students to fulfill their Christian calling of creating abundant lives for themselves and others.
  • Economic freedom and human flourishing that create a mindset and ecosystem of abundance while servicing others in beneficial ways.

Key Offerings

Impact Investing Seminar
  • Bringing together leading practitioners in Environment, Social and Governance (ESG), Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Triple Bottom Line approaches, our semiannual Impact Investing Seminar provides thought leadership around the use of market-oriented approaches to address the most pressing economic and social issues that we confront today. We believe that good management practice can achieve increased levels of profitability while simultaneously enhancing contributions to ESG practices.
Guest Speaker Series
  • Out Guest Speaker Series invites leading authors, business executives and academics to share the promise and prospects that the practice of free enterprise provides. 
Business Consulting
  • Students and faculty participate in virtual consulting opportunities with microenterprises in frontier and emerging markets to help them strategically grow sales, profitability and employment.
Fellows
  • The Center offers awards for student and faculty research fellows.