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A message from the director

History

The Center was endowed by Ralph W. Leatherby in 1995. Ralph, the founding Director of the Center, was an Orange County businessman and the patriarch of the philanthropic Leatherby family. He served as a trustee at Chapman College in the 1980s following a term as chairman of the Advisory Board of the George L. Argyros School of Business and Economics. Ralph was born in 1925 in a small farm town in Iowa and served in World War II as a member of the U.S. Army infantry. He founded the Leatherby Insurance Company in Fullerton, and later UniCare Insurance, which was at one time the largest insurance firm in the county.

The Opportunity

Small businesses are the economic engine of the Nation’s economy. Chapman University’s multi-disciplinary academic programs play a crucial part in equipping students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents and the community to contribute to the economy and, complementing the academics, the Center provides the essential practicum to complete their education, training and experience.

Get Involved


If you are interested in getting involved with the Leatherby Center, please don't hesitate to reach out. Learn about the multiple ways to get involved by visiting our various program pages.

Come Visit Us!


Visit the Leatherby Center for Entrepreneurship at
549 W. Palm Ave.
Orange, CA 92868

Upcoming Event


Check out the entrepreneurship minor and emphasis flyers for this fall.

For more information and contact advising@chapman.edu for registration questions!

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