A networking lunch put on jointly by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and the University of Hertfordshire was held at the University's De Haviland Campus.
The event was to celebrate a week long course in which students, interested in self-employment, freelance work or starting a small business of their own, were given intensive help by the university to find out if this was the best path for them, once they have finished their studies.
About 30 students attended the course and at the lunch they were joined by members of the FSB who had already gone through that journey.
Students learned about the help and support that the UK's largest business group could give to start-up businesses with its new Business Creation category of membership, which not only offers a range of business benefits such as free legal advice and mentoring but also business advice and support.
Pam Charman, FSB Hertfordshire branch Chairman said: "We have worked with the University of Hertfordshire for a number of years now and we very impressed by how they help their students into self-employment.
"We came today to explain how self-employment or starting a small business can be exciting and rewarding but is not without its challenges and as the UK's largest business group we can help them through some of the major ones."