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03-28-2015

Clarkson University's Reh Center for Entrepreneurship to Honor North Country Entrepreneurs at Annual Dinner

The Reh Center for Entrepreneurship at Clarkson University will host its fifth annual recognition dinner on Friday, April 10.

The Reh Center for Entrepreneurship at Clarkson University will host its fifth annual recognition dinner on Friday, April 10. Pictured above, Bertrand H. Snell Hall, home of the Reh Center.North Country small business owners and interested community members are invited to attend the celebration, which will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Barben Rooms in Cheel Campus Center (#12 on the map at http://www.clarkson.edu/about/clarkson_map.pdf) with cocktails followed by dinner.

The cost per person for this event is $20, which includes dinner, dessert and drinks.  RSVP for the event before April 3 with dinner choice and number of people attending at www.clarkson.edu/rehdinner.

Melinda Little, coordinator of Point Positive, Inc., will be the keynote speaker at the dinner. Point Positive is an angel investor group committed to investing in and nurturing promising and scalable start-up and early stage companies within the Adirondack Park. Among her many entrepreneurial involvements, Little is perhaps most widely recognized for leading the successful effort to establish the Community Store in Saranac Lake, N.Y., for which she wrote the original business plan and still serves as president of the board of directors.

The annual recognition dinner will honor three individuals for their commitment to and support of entrepreneurship.

Kate Fish, executive director of the Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA), 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.

Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering James Carroll will receive the Spirit of Entrepreneurship Award, which 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 the key characteristics of successful entrepreneurs.

Beth Carrier, owner of Red Button Bakery, will be named the Entrepreneur of the Year. This award recognizes a practicing entrepreneur who demonstrates an unwavering commitment to building their small business and supporting their community.

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 the health professions, 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.

Photo caption: The Reh Center for Entrepreneurship at Clarkson University will host its fifth annual recognition dinner on Friday, April 10. Pictured above, Bertrand H. Snell Hall, home of the Reh Center.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/bhsh-view.jpg .]

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

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