Release Date: June 16, 2016
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Thirty-four established entrepreneurs are armed with the skills to move their businesses forward after graduating from the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL) Core program in the University at Buffalo School of Management.
The graduates were honored at a joint ceremony for five CEL programs on June 1 at UB’s Center for the Arts.
Paul Tesluk, dean of the School of Management, and Charles F. Zukoski, UB provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, delivered opening remarks.
In addition, Joseph Smith, president of Woodsmith Fence Corp., received the C. Taylor Kew Entrepreneurial Excellence Award, which recognizes graduates for entrepreneurial excellence and exemplifying the principles for which the late Kew stood. An energetic advocate for the CEL, Kew created and operated several companies and donated his time to several civic organizations before his tragic death in a seaplane crash in 1992.
The new Core graduates completed a peer-based, mentor-driven program to help grow, refocus or better manage their businesses. During the 10-month course, the entrepreneurs performed an in-depth analysis of their businesses, while developing expertise in such key areas as strategic planning, capital acquisition, employee relations and marketing.
The 2016 CEL Core graduates are:
Applications are open for the next CEL Core program, beginning this fall. For more information or to apply, contact the CEL at 716-885-5715 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Established in 1987, the CEL provides participants with individualized and interactive education in entrepreneurship. More than 1,300 CEL alumni employ more than 22,000 Western New Yorkers, and their businesses are worth more than $2 billion to the local economy. For more information, visit mgt.buffalo.edu/cel.