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New Entrepreneurship Center Names Director

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – June 20, 2011 – Are you a student majoring in entrepreneurship at Johnson & Wales University's Providence Campus?

You’ll turn your business ideas into reality at our new Larry Friedman International Center for Entrepreneurship — and you’ll make it happen with the center’s new director, John Robitaille. 

Better Ways to Learn Entrepreneurship
Robitaille, a former business owner and senior government official to former Governor Donald Carcieri, began his duties as executive director this month.

“Under John’s direction, the center will provide our students with the resources, training and mentoring to motivate this new generation of aspiring entrepreneurs,” says Providence Campus President Irving Schneider, PhD.

“John presented JWU with a creative proposal that brings together our College of Business, School of Arts & Sciences and Small Business Development Center in an integrated approach to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship.”

Get Business Expertise from a Tested Mentor
At the center, you’ll get the targeted technical and professional assistance you need as you learn how to develop a business plan, expansion strategies and tactics.

Robitaille is the right mentor to oversee this kind of hands-on education, Schneider says. “Our students choose JWU because we are a career-focused university, with faculty who bring their industry knowledge and experience into the classroom."

"John has had a distinguished career in both business and government, and we are pleased that he is bringing his expertise to JWU.”