Friday, September 25, 2015

Viking Voices - The Enterprise Center at Salem State University: part of Your Alumni Benefits

Welcome to the latest in a series of my blog posts written to highlight the resources available to our Salem State Alumni community. This week I had the chance to visit the Enterprise Center at Salem State and attend Start-up Stories: Survival By Design, one of the many valuable sessions hosted by Enterprise Center.

On this day a capacity crowd engaged with Jennifer Adler who is a graphic designer, communications consultant, writer and entrepreneur. Jennifer talked about her business, Survival By Design Cards, and shared her professional advice.  Jennifer told the engrossed audience about her successes and her learnings. 

The audience asked probing questions to which Jennifer responded with the humor, wit and business wisdom illustrative of the Survival By Design Cards company brand. The interchanges combined to create a powerful learning experience that benefitted the audience members and Jennifer benefitted from advice shared back.

Start-up Stories is part of the Enterprise Center’s ongoing series of seminars and events - many that are free, some for a fee - that are available to members of our alumni community and to the public. Another free session that took place last week was, Two Hours to a Better Sales Strategy. Dave Johnson, Managing Director at Sandler Training engaged another robust group of attendees in how to, “‘Reboot’ your sales strategy and establish a game plan for success!”

While I visited the Enterprise Center I also met Abby Grant, Senior Program Manager of the Enterprise Center. Abby recently joined Salem State from the Boston Business Journal where she was Audience Development Manager. Addressing attendees Abby spoke of the upcoming series of events and resources available to the business community.  

I am extremely impressed with Abby. Her optimism, enthusiasm and sense of mission is kinetic. In a short period of time she has energized the Enterprise Center program. 

Abby is part of a new entrepreneurial spirit embracing Salem State. Guided by the leadership of University President, Patricia “Pat” Maguire Meservey, Abby is a symbol of the dynamic energy exuding across the university campus.  Abby’s outreach to the local business community, electronic communications and social media skills are radiating the mission of the institution beyond the four walls of the Enterprise Center providing a beacon illuminating the value that Salem State generates for the community. 

In the upcoming weeks the Enterprise Center will host more programs of value to our alumni and the regional business communities. Below is a short list of upcoming events.

If you in the area, take my advice and put a couple of hours aside to attend an event or more. Based upon my experiences this past week, it will be time well spent. I’ll be there to take in one or more and I hope to see you.

Upcoming events highlights (full calendar):

Check out the full calendar for other events including, Start-Up Stories – Diabetic Dabs (October 19), Starting A Business – What You Need to Know, (October 20) Get Ready to Enter the North of Boston Business Plan Competition (October 21), and other valuable events in October and beyond.

In my next post I will profile the Salem State Small Business Development Center and I will let you know what I learn about those resources available to our Salem State Alumni community. I am looking forward to our next conversation.

You can join in the conversation by following this blog and checking out the many social media outlets available to our Salem State community. A short list of some of these venues are below.

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