UWF Business Enterprises, Inc. is a direct support organization that builds and manages public-private partnerships in order to create new services and businesses to support the campus community.

UWF BEI follows a model piloted by universities across the country, in which businesses and public-private partnerships are formed and operated under a non-profit corporation, in an effort to benefit the University.

UWF BEI focuses on entrepreneurial ideas that enhance academic training and University-community life; provide research, educational and employment opportunities to UWF students; allow the University to continue to develop and grow; and bring enhanced resources and partnerships to the University to further UWF strategic priorities. BEI is committed to viable environmental stewardship and sustainable/green projects. Each project is considered with due diligence and recommendations are made by the BEI Board to the UWF President and the UWF Board of Trustees.

The DSO concept for UWF BEI was approved by the UWF Board of Trustees on Sept. 23, 2011 and incorporated as a 501(c)(3) on April 17, 2012.