Entrepreneurship and Community Involvement
Mark Dawson, PhD
Dean and Distinguished Professor for Excellence
Coggin College of Business, University of North Florida
Start, run, grow...the core of what entreprenurism is all about. It's a hotbed topic for communities wanting to grow internally through fostering the spirit and building the community resources for entrepreneurs who want to take that career step. At the heart of Jacksonville's efforts to foster entreprenurism is a growing list of supporters and educators who make up the ETF...Entrepreneur Task Force to make it all work. All UNF academic colleges have representatives on the ETF, and there are representatives from JaxChamber, InvestJax, CoWorkJax, Jacksonville Community of Entrepreneurs, and UNF’s Small Business Development Center. The ETF also includes representatives from Deutsche Bank, PS27 Ventures, Harbor View Advisors, and Rogue Venture Partners.
At next week's meeting Coggin College of Business dean Mark Dawkins, who is a recent member of our club, will provide an update summarizing the challenges and opportunities faced during his first 19 months as dean. He will discuss several new programs and initiatives undertaken or planned by the Coggin school since his arrival.
In 2017-18, Rotary answers the question “What is Rotary?” with RI President-elect Ian H.S. Riseley’s theme, Rotary: Making a Difference.
From the podium of this year's annual international conference in San Diego, PE Riseley, of Australia: “Whether we’re building a new playground or a new school, improving medical care or sanitation, training conflict mediators or midwives, we know that the work we do will change people’s lives — in ways large and small — for the better.”
This past weekend, Rotary District 6970 hosted the inaugural Rotary Means Business Summit. This was the first event of its kind anywhere on Earth! Not only did Rotarians from across the District attend, there were also Rotarians in attendance from across the state of Florida, as well as North Carolina and Grand Cayman Islands! The entire event was extremely well organized, the speakers inspiring and as always the food incredible. Thanks to Mark Vickers and the entire Rotary Means Business committee for a job well done!
STOP HUNGER NOW
VOLUNTEER FOR ATLANTA 2017
Rotary District 6970 will be well represented at the 2017 Rotary International Convention in Atlanta. Because the convention is in our backyard, it is requested that we assist in providing Southern hospitality to the tens of thousands of Rotarians who will be attending from around the world. If you are interested in being a part of the volunteer team and having the opportunity to make new friends while having a great time, visit www.rotaryconvention2017.org/volunteer
Only 142 days until the All Star Conference in Atlanta!
Service Above Self,
District Governor 2016-2017
Dean, UNF College of Business
Entrepreneurship Community Involvement
Oratory Competition: You Be the Judge
Forum: Artists and Directors
Art in Public Places
Special Rotary Anniversaries
1912 - 2017
Rotary Leadership Training (RLI)
St. Johns River State College
Orange Park Campus
No Meeting - Presidents' Day
Social Event: Clay Shoot
Details to follow
►Intv 4 - Gerry Kelley
►Intv 3 - Pres-elect David Boree
►Intv 1 - Pres. Bryan Cooksey III