October 1, 2009 – Entrepreneurship and the Entrepreneurial Spirit, Chad Hall

Speaker(s):
Chad Hall, Ioxus Chief Operating Officer

Description:
The presentation focused on how Custom Electronics, Inc. overcame financial difficulties, spawned new research that led to the spin-off of Ioxus. It also explained how Ioxus received funding and university support, moved past hurdles, and began production. Following the presentation, Chad recommended that serious consideration be given to developing an Energy Storage Technology Center that might be funded with State funds; Conduct University sponsored research, and managed by representatives of private firms.

PowerPoint: 
“Entrepreneurship and the Entrepreneurial Spirit”

Location:
Morrisville State College Norwich Branch Campus

Present:
Speaker - Chad Hall
Attendees - David Rogers (SUNY Morrisville), Debra Morello (Broome Community College),Janet Hertzog (Broome Community College), Jennifer Lawson (Binghamton University), Jennifer Tavares (Commerce Chenango), Jeremy Bowker (Binghamton University), John Gutenberger (Cornell University), Marsha Cornelius (SUNY Morrisville: Norwich Campus), Robin Eccleston (Southern Tier Association of Human Resources (STAHR), Scott Bowen (Binghamton University), Thomas Kowalik (Binghamton University), Ona Whaley (Chenango-Delaware-Otsego Workforce Investment Board (WIB).

Reports/Discussion: 

  • T. Kowalik welcomed attendees, provided an overview of the meeting agenda and asked individuals attending the meeting to introduce themselves.
  • Chad Hall, Ioxus Chief Operating Officer, gave a presentation titled, “Entrepreneurship and the Entrepreneurial Spirit.” The presentation focused on how Custom Electronics, Inc. overcame financial difficulties, spawned new research that led to the spin-off of Ioxus. It also explained how Ioxus received funding and university support, moved past hurdles, and began production. Following the presentation, Chad recommended that serious consideration be given to developing an Energy Storage Technology Center that might be funded with State funds; Conduct University sponsored research, and managed by representatives of private firms.
  • T. Kowalik thanked members for their contributions to the Cooperative response to the Governor’s Task Force on Diversifying the New York State Economy through Industry-Higher Education Partnerships. S. Bowen reminded members to be sure to review these types of documents before they are mailed because their names are included. If they or their organization cannot support the position outlined in these documents, they want to be sure to notify T. Kowalik and ask that there name not be included if they cannot support the position being taken.
  • J. Tavares reported that her organization (Commerce Chenango) was cosponsoring a webinar series with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chenango County titled “Your Business & Marcellus Shale.” Members of the group asked that she send information about the series to the B&E listserv.
  • O. Whaley reported that a special presentation and discussion on China is scheduled for Wednesday, October 28th in Oneonta.
  • J Tavares encouraged this group to begin extending invitations to business and industry representatives.
  • T. Kowalik reported that M. Vaughn asked the B&E Cooperative to co-host a Southern Tier Regional Progressive Dialogue on STEM Education as part of the Empire State STEM Education Initiative being sponsored by the Gates Foundation. The Dialogue is being held at Corning Incorporated’s Headquarters on Wednesday, November 4th The group agreed to co-host the event.
  • T. Kowalik asked the group for presentation ideas for future meetings. Topic suggestions included (1) AARP Work Search Tool, (2) Web 2.0 and Second Life, and (3) the Capital District Regional Talent Pipeline Study. Members of the group agreed to identify other topics that might be pertinent to this group so we can begin to schedule topics and confirm speakers several months in advance.

Next Meeting:
The next meeting is Thursday, November 5, 2009 from 10:00am – 12:00pm, Binghamton University Downtown Center