Brandon Campbell uses his entrepreneurial skills he gained as a student at UI to stand out within the fashion and entertainment world. He graduated in 2004 with a BA in Journalism and Mass Communications, International Studies minor, and Entrepreneurial Management Certificate. The coursework from Campbell's certificate helped him launch his career as an entrepreneur. 

Originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, Campbell found himself in Iowa for college. Campbell has always had an entrepreneurial spirit, so it was only a matter of time before he got connected with the John PappaJohn Entrepreneurial Center (Iowa JPEC) as a student. It was through his Iowa JPEC entrepreneurship certificate program that Campbell was introduced to the skills that would aid him in being a successful entrepreneur.  

"Iowa JPEC introduced me to the tools and tips on entrepreneurship, such as financial statements, business planning, analysis, marketing, and different areas that would open me up. It gave me the motivation to go forward with my ideas within the entertainment world because at the time, not many companies or people around me were interested in that industry," Campbell said. 

After deciding to follow his passion, Campbell participated in a student competition and was awarded the Edward M. Moldt Award, which recognized an exceptional Iowa JPEC student with a promising future as an entrepreneur. Using the money from the competition, he invested in his earlier ventures he was working on as a student.

Since graduating, Campbell has started several businesses. Most notably, he founded the Little Rock Fashion Week, LLC, a fashion event and talent management company that hosts fashion weeks in Plano, Texas, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Little Rock, Arkansas. Campbell is also the founder of iME Clothing and Oneofakind Talent, and has also worked for E! Entertainment, Fox News Channel, and the World Wrestling Entertainment. In his free time, Campbell also serves as a Little Rock School District reading volunteer and mentors disadvantaged youth, entrepreneurs, and college students--including Iowa JPEC students. 

Currently, Campbell serves as the Director of Small Business and Diversity Initiatives for the Little Rock Regional Chamber. In this role, he engages with both aspiring and existing entrepreneurs in his community, providing business development, training, resources, encouragement, and inspiration to help them succeed. Through his experiences running fashion weeks and working with the Chamber, Campbell has personally seen the impact that small businesses and entrepreneurs can have within a community.

Campbell offers this advice to UI students, "Do. Nothing is stopping you but yourself, especially now with all the different programming University of Iowa has. As a young entrepreneur at Iowa, you have more opportunities than most. I had all of these opportunities to pitch ideas and to win seed money, so I encourage all students to participate in Iowa JPEC programs--so that they can be someone who makes an impact in their communities."