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Clarkson University Hosting Third Annual Entrepreneur Recognition Dinner

The Reh Center for Entrepreneurship at Clarkson University is hosting its third annual Entrepreneur Recognition Dinner beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 19, at Clarkson’s Cheel Campus Center.

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

The event will feature an address by Mark Dzwonczyk, a Clarkson University trustee and the CEO of Nicholville Telephone Company, who has been building and re-building businesses in California’s Silicon Valley for the past 20 years.

Mark Scott, founder of Artworks Creperie in Waddington, N.Y., will receive the Entrepreneur of the Year award, which recognizes a practicing entrepreneur who demonstrates an unwavering commitment to building their small business and supporting their community. As town supervisor, Scott has also been instrumental in community development and engagement in Waddington.

Marc Compeau, instructor for Clarkson University’s School of Business, will be receiving 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.  Compeau is the founding director of the Reh Center and his collaboration with practicing entrepreneurs through the My Small Business 101 series and individual consultation has resulted in increased survival and profit for hundreds of small businesses in the North Country.

Jeff Taylor, director of the Career Center at Clarkson, 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.  Taylor’s energy and dedication to creating unique programs and customized services has resulted in increased employer recruiting on campus and an employer fair specifically for regional employers.

Randy Roth ’74, chief executive officer of ViTEX, Mooresville, N.C., 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, sponsored by the Fresh Sound Foundation, will begin at 5 p.m., dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m., and awards will follow. The cost of the event is $20 per person, which includes dinner, drinks, and dessert. Those interested in attending should call the Reh Center for Entrepreneurship at 315-268-3995 or 315-268-4650.

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.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or]

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