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

The Reh Center for Entrepreneurship at Clarkson University will host its sixth annual recognition dinner on Thursday, April 7.

Reh CenterNorth 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 with cocktails followed by dinner.

The cost per person for this event is $20, which includes dinner, dessert and drinks. RSVP at

North Country Savings Bank President Theresa "Terry" A. Phalon will be the keynote speaker. Phalon graduated from Clarkson's Industrial Distribution program in 1983 and received her MBA from Clarkson in 2007.

Currently the president and chief operating officer of North Country Savings Bank, she is transitioning to the role of chief executive officer and has been a member of the bank's board of trustees since November 2014. A lifelong resident of Canton, N.Y., Phalon also serves on a variety of boards and committees at both local and national levels.

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

Associate Professor and Chair of Occupational Therapy Rondalyn Whitney 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.

Charles and Brooke Rouse, owners and operators of 24 East Main Street Bed & Breakfast in Canton, N.Y., will be named the Entrepreneurs 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 educates the leaders of the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as an owner, CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. With its main campus located in Potsdam, New York, and additional graduate program and research facilities in the Capital Region and Beacon, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university with signature areas of academic excellence and research directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through more than 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education, 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 innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: From left to right, Clarkson School of Business Advisory Council Member David Reh '62; Reh Center for Entrepreneurship Director Erin Draper; Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering James Carroll, who received the Spirit of Entrepreneurship Award in 2015; Dean of the School of Business Dayle Smith; and Clarkson University President Tony Collins. The Reh Center for Entrepreneurship will honor North Country Entrepreneurs at its annual dinner Thursday, April 7.

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