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2010 Entrepreneur 'Boot Camp' Set for March

By Lori Wright, Media Relations
February 24, 2010

The Carsey Institute and the Whittemore School of Business and Economics will present the Stonyfield Farm Entrepreneurship Institute, a "boot camp" for community-minded entrepreneurs.

The event will be held March 25-26, at the Courtyard Marriott Grappone Conference Center in Concord, NH, and will include an expanded format.

Now in its eighth year, the Stonyfield Farm Entrepreneurship Institute offers a safe and interactive environment for entrepreneurs to learn about financing, marketing, managing change, and other areas fundamental to growing an enterprise. The program was conceived by Stonyfield Farm co-founder Gary Hirshberg, and run by him and Michael Swack, a professor at the Whittemore School and a member of the research faculty at The Carsey Institute.

This year’s program includes a Thursday session March 25 with an expanded format, featuring sessions on finance, business, and entrepreneurship. On Thursday night, seasoned entrepreneur Hirshberg, along with his wife, writer Meg Hirshberg, and Trish Karter, co-founder of the Dancing Deer Baking Company, will share their “Tales from the Trenches.”

Friday, March 26, will feature the presentation of case studies in finance, marketing and organizational development as well as several live business plan critiques of pre-selected businesses.

Panelists include:

  • Bob Burke, principal, Natural Products Consulting
  • Andy Whitman, managing partner, 2x Consumer Products Growth Partners
  • Michael Burgmaier, managing director advisor, Silverwood Partners; managing director, Royal River Associates; principal, CEI Community
  • Brad Sterl, president, Rustic Crust
  • Trish Karter, cofounder/CEO/chief deer, Dancing Deer Baking Company
  • John Hamilton, Vested for Growth, NH Community Loan Fund
  • Bob Davis, First Colebrook Bank
  • Adam Borden, founder, Bradmer Foods
  • Howard Brodsky, chairperson & CEO, CCA Global Partners
  • Katie Paine, CEO, KDPaine & Partners, LLC
  • Erik Drake, vice president of marketing, Stonyfield Farm, Inc.
  • Carolyn Benthien, Benthien & Associates

The institute is sponsored by Stonyfield Farm, The Carsey Institute, First Colebrook Bank, New Hampshire Business Review, the Community Development Finance Authority, the Whittemore School of Business and Economics, and the Citizens Bank Foundation.

Cost to attend the institute is $250. Scholarships are available. Thursday lunch and dinner and Friday breakfast and lunch are included. Accommodations are available at the Courtyard Marriott Grappone Conference Center in Concord, NH. Contact the hotel at 603-225-0303 or 1-800-321-2211 for more information. Mention the Stonyfield Institute room block for the conference rate of $99/night.

Deadline for submitting case studies is Friday, Feb. 26, 2010. Institute registration deadline is Monday, March 1. For more information, including a complete agenda, and registration, visit the Stonyfield Farm Entrepreneurship Institute at http://www.carseyinstitute.unh.edu/sfei.html, or contact Susan Colucci at susan.colucci@unh.edu or 2-2821.

To register for the 2010 Stonyfield Farm Entrepreneurship Institute, visit events.unh.edu/RegistrationForm.pm?event_id=6389.

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