Baruch College Welcomes NY City Council to Learn About Its Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development Opportunities

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NEW YORK, NY-September 21, 2012 – Members from the New York City Council were invited to learn about opportunities in entrepreneurship and small business development offered at  The Lawrence N. Field Center for Entrepreneurship located at Baruch College.

The roundtable discussions, on September 20, were opened by welcome remarks by Baruch President Mitchel Wallerstein, followed by Edward Rogoff, Lawrence N. Field Professor of Entrepreneurship and Management Chair, and Ulas Neftci, Director of Baruch’s Small Business Development Center.

Members of the City Council’s Committee on Small Business, including Chairperson Diana Reyna, and Council Members James Vacca and Mathieu Eugene were joined by members of the Committee on Higher Education including Chairman Ydanis Rodriguez and Council Members Gale Brewer and Fernando Cabrera. The members visited Baruch as part of their ongoing tour of entrepreneurship and small business centers that form part of the City University of New York.

In June, the New York City Council’s Committee on Small Business jointly with the Committee on Higher Education convened a hearing to explore the work of New York State Small Business Development Centers in New York City. On Sept. 20, members of both committees came together to meet with the leadership of the Baruch College Small Business Development Center and some of the entrepreneurs its serves. 

“As chair of the Committee on Small Business, I am committed to highlighting resources that support New York City’s small businesses,” said Diana Reyna, Chairperson. “I commend President Wallerstein and the leadership of the Lawrence N. Field Center for Entrepreneurship for helping to move our City forward.”

“After seeing the recently released U.S. Census data showing the shocking disparities in income inequality in New York City, it is programs such as these that give me hope about improving the economy of our city,” said NYC Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez. “Initiatives such as the CUNY Small Business Center at Baruch College have proven to be an invaluable resource, as they help to promote and support budding entrepreneurs. These programs play a crucial role in strengthening the working and middle classes in our city as we work on rebuilding a sturdy and inclusive economy.”

Other Baruch faculty and administrators were on-hand to provide insight about the various programs offered by the Field Center, including Ramona Kay Zachary, Peter S. Jonas Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship and Academic Director of Lawrence N. Field Programs in Entrepreneurship; Stuart Schulman, Professor of Management and Executive Director of the Institute for Virtual Enterprise, CUNY; and Monica Dean, Administrative Director of Lawrence N. Field Programs in Entrepreneurship.

The Lawrence N. Field Center for Entrepreneurship plays a crucial role in establishing the Zicklin School of Business as a leading business school with a specialty in entrepreneurship. The Center’s vision is guided by the overarching principles of research, teaching, and service. The Field Center is a model of entrepreneurship education built around the collaboration of an institution of higher education, government, and the private sector. Faculty and students from Baruch’s Zicklin School of Business, Baruch’s Small Business Development Center Business (SBDC) Advisors, alumni and volunteers are brought together to support the entrepreneurial endeavors of start-ups and established businesses and the college’s constituents.

 

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About Baruch College:

Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 3 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world.  For more about Baruch College, go to http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/.

 

 

MEDIA CONTACTS:

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