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This article by Kathleen McGinn Spring was prepared for the February 5, 2003 edition of U.S. 1 Newspaper. All rights reserved.
Entrepreneurship For Engineers
Three organizations — the IEEE, Princeton POEM and
NJSBDC — are collaborating to help engineers and technical
from Lucent and other telecom firms consider new careers in
"From the time that the big Lucent layoffs were announced in the
summer of 2001, I wanted to deliver one or more seminars for the
and other technical professionals who were being laid off," says
"I figured that many of them would probably consider a new career
Harmon envisioned a seminar similar to one he had given with attorneys
of Hale and Dorr for the Venture Association of New Jersey on
and Financing a Sci/Tech Business in New Jersey. "I thought it
could dissuade the faint of heart from entrepreneurship while helping
the true entrepreneurs get started on the right track."
"Over a period of several weeks I tried to penetrate the Lucent
maze to identify the right person who could help make this happen.
I hit a dead end on their website and with the voice mail of their
outplacement firm and was very disappointed. Even Hale and Dorr was
unable to find a door in," says Harmon.
That door came through Joe Montemarano, the industrial liaison at
Princeton University’s POEM Center. "He asked if we might do a
workshop on Small Business Innovation Research grants that was
to the IEEE’s Princeton/Central Jersey membership, many of whom were
laid off Lucent engineers considering entrepreneurship," says
So Harmon scheduled an SBIR Phase II conference on Friday, February
28, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Princeton University’s POEM center
on Olden Avenue.
of the SBA Tibbets Award for commercializing SBIR Technology, is the
keynote speaker. Cost: $90. Call 800-432-1832.
Harmon also scheduled a seminar that would cover a broader range of
entrepreneurship topics: "Launching and Financing a Business in
New Jersey," co-sponsored by the IEEE, the NJSBDC Technology
Center, and Princeton Poem. It is set for Wednesday, February 19,
from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the POEM center, Princeton University
Quad, on Olden Avenue in Princeton. Cost: $35 in advance, $50 at the
door, and free to IEEE members. Call 973-353-1923 or register online
Presenters for the three-hour workshop are
of Hale and Dorr; and
Says Harmon: "We found a back door in to tapping the pool of
unemployed technical professionals. This is a two-year-old plan come
Road, has added six new companies to its client roster. They are Lynch
Martin Attorneys At Law in North Brunswick, Homasote in West Trenton,
Claims Management Services in Princeton, Preservation and Development
Associates in Ridgewood, International Nanny Association in Princeton
Junction, and International Furnishings Design Association Educational
Institute in Princeton Junction.
Assignments for these clients range from strategic and creative design
services for Preservation & Development Associates to association
management, support services, and strategic public relations for the
International Nanny Association.
and public relations account to
a marketing communications agency with offices at 116 Village
and communications firm with offices at 20 Nassau Street, has
that Gillian E. Sterling has joined its public relations department
as public relations manager.
Prior to joining the Princeton Communications Group, Sterling was
director of public relations at Wesley, Brown & Bartle, a
executive search firm on Madison Avenue. A graduate of the University
of Washington in Seattle, London’s Ealing College, and Queens College,
she grew up in England, where she retains a 17th Century thatched
roof cottage home. She has been a Princeton resident for 11 years.
Prospective students interested in enrolling in a
training course aimed at helping not-for-profit organizations increase
their self-sufficiency and reduce their reliance on grant funding
must complete a needs assessment with the Seton Hall Institute on
Work no later than Monday, February 10.
The eight-week course, sponsored by the New Jersey Development
for Small Businesses, Minorities’ and Women’s Enterprises (NJDA),
will be held on Tuesdays in Newark beginning on March 4 and Thursdays
in Trenton beginning on March 13. NJDA programs are managed by the
New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA).
The Newark class is held in the PSE&G Building, 80 Park Plaza, second
floor. The Trenton class is held at the Mercer County Technical
Assunpink Campus, Building A, 1085 Old Trenton Road.
The needs assessment can be arranged by calling the Seton Hall
Institute on Work at 973-313-6103. There is a $200 assessment fee
and $100 special facilitation fee payable to the Institute in addition
to the $295 nonrefundable ETI course fee. Seton Hall staff members
who understand small business and the world of not-for-profits will
serve as facilitators, working directly with students.
Students enrolled in the specialized course complete a market analysis
to identify the needs for their services, review planning, marketing
and financial fundamentals, and learn how to develop resources and
organize boards to ensure that their organizations run efficiently
and effectively, according to a written statement by EDA Executive
Director Caren S. Franzini.
"The ETI program offers practical information that helps students
develop a strategic, organized, step-by-step business plan," she
says. "Twelve students who completed our not-for-profit program
last year were among the record 108 ETI students who earned graduation
certificates last June."
For registration materials and more information about the ETI program,
visit www.njeda.com, call ETI at 609-292-9279, or send an E-mail to
firstname.lastname@example.org Payment must be received for an applicant to be fully
registered and eligible to attend classes.
The NJDA is committed to fostering the growth of small businesses,
especially woman-owned and minority-owned enterprises, and not for
profits by offering a wide range of programs and services. For more
information on NJDA programs, call (609) 292-1800, or visit
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