School of Entrepreneurship is named in memory of Fred Edward Diulus Sr., 1909-1963. Born in Cokeburg, PA, USA, he was
one of four sons of Alfonso Diulus (DeIuliis) who immigrated from Gamberale, Abruzzo, Italy in the late 1800’s and whom the first tuition free online university was named in his honor in 2003.
Fred Sr. was, like his
father before him, a life-long entrepreneur. He was unafraid of risk and driven by the code of entrepreneurs to “never
give up” in spite of what many would consider ‘overwhelming’ odds. His methods were direct--Confront the
obstacles that many others would quickly move to avoid. He taught others by his life experience and demonstrated that the
way to succeed was to plan well, be confident that you will succeed and if the obstacles placed in your way prove impenetrable,
find a way around them. There was, he would always say, “…a way.”During
his life, he became the largest provider of finished concrete in Central and North Florida. His legacy includes the construction
of the first launching pads of the fledgling US space program and all the concrete base platforms for the first manned missions.
He constructed and designed the first high speed concrete crash walls at the world famous Daytona Beach International Speedway
that became the models for all others in NASCAR and had a hand in the construction of every major public and private works
construction project within a 100 miles of Daytona Beach Florida for almost 20 years. A high school dropout, he was a self-taught
civil engineer. His inspiration and guidance helped launch many small businesses from Ohio to Florida and for over 30 years
of his life, he provided professional guidance to many would-be entrepreneurs including the creators of this, the first Online
School of Entrepreneurship.
The Evolution of the School of Entrepreneurship
In 1989, while teaching Entrepreneurship at the University of North Florida located in Jacksonville, Florida,
USA, Dr. Fred DiUlus, also a life-long entrepreneur and the son of Fred Diulus Sr., decided to use the practical experiences taught to him by
his father and incorporate them into a workbook to supplement his class textbooks in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management
courses. Recognizing that most texts on the subject were not written by what one would consider grass roots entrepreneur authors,
he chose to take the practical and life long experiences of such entrepreneurs and those principally taught and experienced
by his father and grandfather and collate them into a workbook in order to enlighten students as to what it really takes from
a life experience perspective to both engage as an entrepreneur and to be successful.
Thus the first workbook on Entrepreneurship authored by Dr. DiUlus was
launched. By1996, the book had become Guerilla Entrepreneurship: The Original, a practical guide for students of Entrepreneurship, young or old, in creating competitive enterprises and campus
incubators for small, successful businesses for themselves and for others.
The book morphed
into series of training courses that led Dr. DiUlus to the current training curriculum and the creation of
the world's very first online school of entrepreneurship in 2004.
Practical 'real world' training applications for becoming more successful entrepreneurs are included throughout the program. This is an entrepreneurial program
that continues to evolve as cutting edge entrepreneurial technology and training tools mature.