followed in her great-grandmother's footsteps by opening Fallone
Foods in 1991, a bakery, café, retail and wholesale
food services corporation. Currently she runs Fallone Business
Resources, a consulting company for fledgling entrepreneurs.
In addition to teaching at Mercer, Fallone teaches business
courses at other New Jersey colleges. A lifelong resident
of Warren, she has strong New Jersey roots, but her true passion
is traveling the globe to help start-up businesses. Her most
recent destination was Kenya, Africa, in the fall. "The
project's goal was to help the women of a very poor area of
the suburbs of Nairobi learn to launch, run and grow a business,
and most importantly, become self-sufficient," she explains.
Fallone spent six months developing the business plan for
the women's basket business, daycare center and gynecological
clinic. She then spent three weeks in Kenya, presenting training
laptops she brought over for the women, as well as helping
to get the businesses up and running. The mission for the
trip was "Envision, Teach, Succeed."
In addition to her extensive world travel for business consulting,
training, and research, Fallone has developed a WebEx course
in business training. She was able to train 50 female entrepreneurs
in Chile over the Internet.
While her global travels help her bring a more well-rounded
perspective to the classroom, Fallone maintains that the biggest
mix of ethnicities and cultures is right here. "The U.S.
is unique; we are so culturally diverse."
"I am a very strong advocate for small business capitalism,"
she said, adding that the U.S. is the mecca of that mindset.
According to Fallone, most people decide to become entrepreneurs
because they are passionate about their business, not because
they believe it will make them the most money. Sometimes it
does pay off though, she added, pointing out one of her students
who created a T-shirt business on Facebook and starting making
$700 per week after the first month.
Fallone's next big expedition will be to India in October
2012 to help women in the "Dalits" or "Untouchables"
class find ways to make a living and support their families.
While she is there, she also plans to volunteer at the Mother
Theresa Orphanage in Delhi.
Why should students look to study entrepreneurship in college?
Fallone says, "Becoming an entrepreneur allows someone
to find their assets and strengths and helps them to follow
their passions in life. You have to spend a minimum of 40
hours a week at your job, so you might as well love it."
spring, Fallone is offering four courses as part of MCCC's
Small Business Management Certification Program: Small
Business Start Up and Business Plan Development (Jan.
23-Feb. 2, and April 16-26); Comprehensive QuickBooks
(Feb. 7-20);Small Business Growth and Financial Development
(March 12-22); and Start a Home-Based Business with
Little or No Money (March 13). More
information about these and other courses is available here.
(Detailed course listings can be found by clicking on the
pdf version of the Spring noncredit bulletin on page 12.)
about the Entrepreneurial Training Program for the Unemployed
is available here.
To learn more about Fallone's accomplishments, read her LinkedIn