Dan Smith, the City’s Economic Development Director, has been circulating the job announcement found below to solicit interest from proven entrepreneurs that would like to be hired as Kent’s first Entrepreneur-In-Residence.
Recognizing the importance of entrepreneurship and small business development in our local economy, the City and Kent State University have joined forces to share in the costs of hiring an experienced entrepreneur to jump start all those emerging business men and woman who could benefit from some professional advice.
Making the leap into a new business venture can be intimidating so the City and KSU are trying to take some of the uncertainty and risk out of the equation by providing a personal business advisor who’s been on the front lines of business development.
City of Kent Seeks Entrepreneur-In-Residence in Partnership with Kent State University
The City of Kent is currently seeking applicants to serve as an entrepreneur-in-residence (EIR) in partnership with Kent State University. The program is a collaborative effort between the City of Kent and Kent State University to provide consulting and advisory services to the business community. The City of Kent has appropriated $5,000 initiate the program and KSU will contribute a matching $5,000 in support of entrepreneurial endeavors. The broader vision is to spark economic activity for the region through encouraging entrepreneurship and related activity. There are currently several successful programs up and running in Aurora, Orville and Twinsburg is just getting started.
The entrepreneur-in-residence will work to engage in entrepreneurial development within the City of Kent as well as work with KSU’s entrepreneurially-oriented students. The effort is designed to enhance student initiated or operated businesses like Bookends Café at the Kent Free Library, the Acorn Alley student entrepreneur space and The Tannery (integrated marking communications), just to name a few. The person will connect local entrepreneurs to resources at Kent State University. He or she will provide consulting and advisory services to individuals and firms as well as work with high school students to encourage young entrepreneurs.
The person to be hired must have experience as a successful entrepreneur, be able to set aside time to serve between September through May and have a personality conducive to working with students. He or she must be a resident of Kent and an advocate of entrepreneurship curriculum and education.
Selection of the EIR will be made jointly by the City of Kent and Kent State University. The EIR will be required to be on campus one day per week to exchange ideas with other EIR’s, be a director for operating KSU student businesses, be a class presenter to curriculum majors in entrepreneurship and serve as judge/panelists for business plan conferences for regional high school competitions at KSU. It is also expected an average of eight hours a week in the Kent community. The City and KSU will jointly evaluate the effectiveness of the EIR on a regular basis.
Persons having an interest in the position should contact Dan Smith, Economic Development Director of the City of Kent, by December 27, via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Daniel D. Smith, Economic Development Director