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March 21, 2014

End of an era at Enterprise Center

Director to retire in May after 12 years

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What kinds of things do people want to learn about, in your other programs?

The basics are good, but there are all these other things going on out there. The technology area is a high demand for our workshops. We also try to push the edge. Crowdfunding. We have three sessions for veterans in the spring. Other people have been mentored in a mentoring program that helps CEOs and gives them a mentor.

What other programs have been effective?

We run an annual business-plan competition, and that has helped find many businesses worthy of growth and focuses attention on this region, that there are startup companies, and you need to pay attention. The million-dollar women program, to showcase companies with women leaders with over a million dollars in revenue, to say to women in the audience they can do it, too.

In 2012, you launched some workshops on preparing for retirement. Did you learn from them?

I did learn a lot from that, and I’ve read a lot of books on that. This is what’s called the third age. You’re old enough to retire, but you’re going to live quite a long time. If you say I’m looking for another career, people look at you like you’re crazy. But you want to.

How did you come to the decision to retire?

I finally decided I love the Enterprise Center, but it is time for someone else to take it to the next level, and time for me to figure out what is the new thing that interests me. Also people think, when you say you want to spend time with your family, you’re just saying that. But I have two grandchildren, and I would like to spend more time with them. I’d like to travel more.

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