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We hold that economic individualism and independence within a society that respects and protects the private ownership of property, and acknowledges as primary to our free enterprise system the belief that business must be permitted to operate for profit with minimal government regulation and within a non-confiscatory tax structure designed to provide incentive for the investment of private capital, to the end that individual initiative and effort may be encouraged, promoted, and protected, and may receive its just reward, and that the fallacies of theories and practices, which tend to hamper, discourage and throttle individual effort and individual energy, maybe exposed and avoided.


The Allan P. Kirby Center for Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship at Wilkes University will promote the firm belief that life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness envisioned by the founders of the United States of America may be achieved, protected and perpetuated through a free enterprise system and the active encouragement of entrepreneurship.



Charles Pierce

Executive Director

Chuck holds an MBA and a BBA with a concentration in finance and marketing, both from Wilkes University. He also holds specialized training in community and economic development, disaster preparedness, and machinist services.


Gerald Ephault

Executive in Residence 

Jerry has years of relevant business experience including technology transfer and entrepreneurial development activities, manufacturing administration and management.  He received an MBA from Marywood University and undergraduate degrees from the University of Scranton.

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