TIGERS KNOW THEIR BUSINESS: Entrepreneurial MBA alumni hit the ground running

Sponsored by LSU Flores MBA

Taking two years to finish an MBA might sound crazy, but for those people with an entrepreneurial spirit, it’s well worth the while. Louisiana State University Flores MBA Program ranks 36th among public universities, according to U.S. News & World Report. Flores MBA students rigorously prepare to enter the business world with an advanced degree from a premier university.

On the grid:
Since graduating LSU’s Flores MBA program, Matthew Armstrong and Shay Randolph have  been busy doing big things. Armstrong launched his company Block Lawncare, a revolutionary new on-demand lawn care app, where customers could hire mowers from a smartphone. Randolph, a board-certified family nurse practitioner, opened Shay’s Health and Beauty Spa. Shay’s is a boutique-style health and beauty spa in New Orleans delivering spa services in a cozy environment. Armstrong and Randolph shared why they decided to complete the Flores MBA program and how it has impacted their success.


“I was 23 years old when I helped launch a nonprofit organization. At first, I felt pretty confident running the business side of things, but I quickly became aware that I had a lot to learn. Earning my MBA at LSU showed me how to ask the questions I initially didn’t know existed.”
—Matthew Armstrong
PMBA class of 2017 and CEO/Co-Founder of Block Lawncare



“My experience in the LSU Flores MBA Program holistically exposed me to all aspects of business and helped give me confidence to launch a tech startup. Beyond the skills I learned in the classroom, it was really the network I built with my professors and the personal investment they made in me that gave me the extra push to start this business. One of my LSU MBA professors and I still keep in touch regularly.”


“The LSU Flores MBA Program set me up for success as an entrepreneur. In addition to the technical skills I learned, I was able to expand my professional network in ways I never thought were possible. In fact, when I was deciding if owning my own practice would be a sound investment, I talked things through and crunched numbers with many of my Flores MBA classmates. Every day, entrepreneurship is a learning process, but I’m completely confident that I will continue to move forward and make this business a success.”
—Shay Randolph, MBA, MSN, APRN, FNP, EMBA class of 2013 and Owner of Shay’s Health and Beauty Spa

“My initial goal in earning an MBA was to solidify a business skill set and build my confidence while in the health care management industry. Recently, the opportunity to own my own practice was presented to me, and because I have an MBA, I knew I had the tools to guide myself through this entrepreneurial process.”

FAQ’s about LSU’s online MBA

—Finish in as few as 18 months
—Online track provides students with a curriculum modeled after LSU’s campus-based PMBA track
—Classes are led by most of the same teachers as the Flores MBA program’s campus-based tracks
—No residency requirement—earn an MBA 100% online
—Opportunity to participate in international study trips for elective class credit
—GMAT/GRE waivers are available
—LSU is an AACSB-accredited university and the online degree is the same degree that our campus-based students earn
—Specializations currently offered include a certificate in analytics and new emerging tech specialization

Click here to learn more about LSU’s Flores MBA opportunities.