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Thomas Ulbrich

Adjunct Instructor

Education

MBA, University at Buffalo

Background

Ulbrich was named executive director of the University at Buffalo School of Management’s Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL) in 2008. The center was established in 1987 to foster the entrepreneurial talents of business owners and leaders in Western New York. In 2011, the center was recognized as one of the top 100 Small Business Influencers in North America.

Ulbrich's professional career gives him a skillset that reflects more than 20 years of education, communication, management and public service experience. He is uniquely qualified to work with local business professionals to grow their companies profitably through the various programs offered by the CEL.

He owns Mow More Supplies, a national e-commerce company, and possesses a demonstrated record of success as an entrepreneur. That success allows him to discuss creative solutions to the many issues facing local business owners. Ulbrich is a vocal advocate for small business at the state and national level and is a member of the National Federation of Independent Business New York State leadership team. He was a candidate for public office in 2007.

Ulbrich contributed to a report published by The Public Policy Institute in Albany titled “Transcending the Hamster Cage – Unfettering New York’s Static Innovation Economy,” which discusses creative ways to improve the New York State business climate. He also speaks frequently on subjects related to entrepreneurship and the importance of small business to the economy. He most recently presented a TEDx talk titled, “Is There a Better Way?” that explores the need to teach entrepreneurial skills to students from an early age to prepare them to succeed in today’s rapidly changing world.

As a business owner, consultant and small business advocate, Ulbrich has a unique understanding of the importance of creating an environment of opportunity for the small business community and strongly believes in the power of the entrepreneurial spirit. He is committed to representing those ideals in his role at the university.