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Clarkson University’s Entrepreneurship Center Offering Free Small Business Training in Ogdensburg and Massena

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Clarkson University’s Entrepreneurship Center has teamed with the City of Ogdensburg Planning & Development Department and the Business Development Corporation for a Greater Massena to bring its My Small Business 101 series on the road. Since 2004, the seminar series has provided free guidance to nearly 300 regional business owners.

"In order for the North Country economy to recover, economic entities must forge ahead in a collaborative and cohesive manner," says Jason Clark, executive director of the BDC for a Greater Massena. "The partnership between Clarkson and the Massena BDC to strengthen our small business sector is one of those types of collaborations."msb101-2009

Small business people in the area are invited to attend this very successful course, which is delivered in four weekly two-hour sessions. Each week, Marc Compeau, director of innovation and entrepreneurship at Clarkson, will focus on a different topic, including thinking strategically, resource management, marketing management and financial management.

"This is a great opportunity for local residents with an entrepreneurial spirit to take some free business courses and turn their great ideas into local business opportunities," says Justin Woods, director of planning & development for the City of Ogdensburg, "or for existing business owners to learn some new ideas about how to improve their services and grow their businesses."

The Ogdensburg course will be held on June 2, 9, 16, and 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Edwin Dobisky Community Center.

The Massena course will be held on July 7, 14, 21, and 28 from 3 to 5 p.m. in Louisville (location TBA).

Those interested in attending should contact Erin Draper of the Entrepreneurship Center at 315-268-3995 or by Monday, May 24, for Ogdensburg, or by Monday, June 28, for Massena. Space is limited and registration will be offered on a first-come-first-served basis.

There is no cost for this or any of the Entrepreneurship Center services, which include additional training, interns, and one-on-one assistance to alumni of My Small Business 101.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six 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.

Photo caption: Clarkson University’s Entrepreneurship Center is offering free small business training in Ogdensburg and Massena. Above, Marc Compeau, director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, teaches the class in 2009.

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

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