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Clarkson University Entrepreneur Recognition Dinner to Honor Small Business Community

The Reh Center for Entrepreneurship at Clarkson University will host its second annual Entrepreneur Recognition dinner on Friday, April 27, at Clarkson’s Cheel Campus Center.

North Country small business owners and interested community members are invited to attend the event, which will recognize five individuals for their commitment to and support of entrepreneurship.

The event will feature an address by Spencer Thew, an Iditarod veteran who will discuss what the “Last Great Race on Earth” has taught him about business. Thew mushes competitively at age 61 and is a local business executive, from Canton, N.Y.

Timothy Gardner from St. Lawrence Valley Roasters will receive the Entrepreneur of the Year award, which annually recognizes a practicing entrepreneur that demonstrates an unwavering commitment to building their small business and supporting their community.

Dale Rice, director of the SUNY Canton Small Business Development Center, will receive the Entrepreneur’s Hero Award, which is given annually to an individual or group that provides resources resulting in increasing the viability of multiple entrepreneurs located in the communities served by the Reh Center.

Prof. Susan Powers, Spence Professor in Sustainable Environmental Systems and associate director for sustainability at Clarkson University, will receive the Spirit of Entrepreneurship Award.

This award is given annually to a student, faculty, staff member, office or organization at Clarkson University that, through the creation of a new program, organization or value-added offering, demonstrates a deep commitment to the Clarkson community and demonstrates each of the key characteristics of successful entrepreneurs.

David Reh ’62, founder, RAYTEC Inc., Victor, N.Y., and Robert Kerr ’89, founder, Swish Data, Warwick, N.Y., will be inducted into the Clarkson Alumni Entrepreneur Hall of Fame.

Hall of Fame inductees are entrepreneurs who have consistently demonstrated an unwavering drive, dedication, determination, and commitment to pursuing entrepreneurship. They have risen to the highest level of entrepreneurial achievement, having achieved national recognition as a leader in their field. Inductees must have graduated from Clarkson University and founded a firm. 
Social hour begins at 5 p.m. Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. and awards will follow. The cost of the event is $30 per person, which includes dinner, drinks, and dessert.

Those interested in attending should call the Reh Center for Entrepreneurship at 315-268-3995.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

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