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03-21-2017

Clarkson University Reh Center for Entrepreneurship to Honor North Country Entrepreneurs at Dinner, April 6

The Reh Center for Entrepreneurship at Clarkson University will host its seventh annual recognition dinner on Thursday, April 6.

Reh DinnerNorth 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 at http://bit.ly/RehDinner2017 .

Washington Street properties founder Brian Murray will be the keynote speaker. Without raising any outside capital, Murray bootstrapped his way from newbie investor to the owner of a nationally recognized real estate investment and property management firm. In addition to his endeavors in real estate, Murray has worked as a professor, technology executive, management consultant, and engineer. He also is the author of the bestselling book Crushing It in Apartments and Commercial Real: How a Small Investor Can Make It Big.

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

Michael Frazer, owner of Frazer Motors, will receive the Entrepreneur of the Year Award. This award is given to a practicing entrepreneur who demonstrates an unwavering commitment to building their viable small business.  

Frazer is a Potsdam native who left the North Country after college with one dream: to own his own company. He started Frazer Computing before he turned 30, and moved back to the North Country 15 years ago. His company, computer software for car dealers, is growing, and he has increased his amount of employees from one to more than 80 since moving back.

Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy Ali Boolani 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.

In addition to many other achievements, Boolani helped start the Clarkson Feeds program at Clarkson, which takes leftover food from campus and donates it to the people in the community who need it most. Clarkson Feeds also hosted the First Annual Holiday Meal at McDuff's Pub in Potsdam, N.Y., this past winter and gave out presents, necessities and food to people in the community. Additionally, Boolani works with Clarkson's student-run coffee business MoJoe to donate unsold food to local families.

Patricia K. Wilson is the Economic Development Manager for the North Country at the New York Power Authority. This year she will be recognized with the Entrepreneurs' Hero Award. This award is given annually to an individual or group who provides resources resulting in increasing the viability of multiple entrepreneurs located in the communities served by the Reh Center for Entrepreneurship.

Wilson works in close collaboration with area economic and community development professionals to bolster existing businesses and build new ones. Among her areas of focus are connecting businesses to lower cost power opportunities, New York Power Authority-supported funding resources and advancing the opportunities outlined in the St. Lawrence County Economic Development Study, which includes a focus on entrepreneurial growth. Her community involvement includes service on the Massena Village Planning Board, Business Development Corporation for a Greater Massena, Boys & Girls Club of Massena and the Moving Massena Forward Task Force, and she was elected to serve two terms on the Massena Village Board.

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, Reh Center for Entrepreneurship Director Erin Draper; Brooke and Charles Rouse who received the Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2016;  Clarkson School of Business Advisory Council Member David Reh '62; Alex Whitney who accepted the Spirit of Entrepreneurship Award in 2016 on behalf of his mother, Rondalyn Whitney; Theresa "Terry" A. Phalon, keynote speaker, 2016; Charlotte Hayden, Intern of the Year, 2016; Clarkson University President Tony Collins; Dean of the School of Business, Dayle Smith; and Ashley Sweeney, Assistant Director, Reh Center for Entrepreneurship. The Reh Center for Entrepreneurship will honor North Country Entrepreneurs at its annual dinner Thursday, April 6.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/rehdinner-2016.jpg .]

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Kelly Chezum, VP for External Relations, at 315-268-4483 or kchezum@clarkson.edu.]

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