Lisbon's St. Lawrence Valley Roasters to be honored as 'Entrepreneur of Year'
Friday, April 13, 2012 - 5:08 pm

POTSDAM – Local entrepreneurs are to be honored as the Reh Center for Entrepreneurship at Clarkson University hosts its second annual Entrepreneur Recognition dinner Friday, April 27, at Clarkson's Cheel Campus Center.

Timothy Gardner from St. Lawrence Valley Roasters will receive the Entrepreneur of the Year award, recognizing a practicing entrepreneur who demonstrates an unwavering commitment to building a small business and supporting the community.

The event will feature an address by Canton business executive Spencer Thew, an Iditarod dogsled veteran who will discuss what the "Last Great Race on Earth" has taught him about business. Thew still mushes competitively at age 61.

Dale Rice, director of the SUNY Canton Small Business Development Center, will receive the Entrepreneur's Hero Award, which is given to an individual or group providing resources resulting in increased viability of entrepreneurs in the communities served by the Reh Center.

Prof. Susan Powers, Spence Professor in Sustainable Environmental Systems and associate director for sustainability at Clarkson, will receive the Spirit of Entrepreneurship Award.

This award is given to a student, faculty, staff member, office or organization at Clarkson which, through the creation of a new program, organization or value-added offering, demonstrates the key characteristics of successful entrepreneurs along with a deep commitment to the Clarkson community.

David Reh, Clarkson class of ’62, founder, RAYTEC Inc., Victor, N.Y., and Robert Kerr Class of ’89, founder, Swish Data, Warwick, N.Y., will be inducted into the Clarkson Alumni Entrepreneur Hall of Fame.

Hall of Fame inductees are entrepreneurs who have consistently demonstrated an unwavering drive, dedication, determination, and commitment to pursuing entrepreneurship. They have risen to the highest level of entrepreneurial achievement, having achieved national recognition as a leader in their field. Inductees must have graduated from Clarkson University and founded a firm.

North Country small business owners and interested community members are invited to attend the event.

Social hour begins at 5 p.m. Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. and awards will follow. The cost of the event is $30 per person, which includes dinner, drinks, and dessert.

Those interested in attending should call the Reh Center for Entrepreneurship at 268-3995.