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Law and Business Center Speaker Discusses African American Entrepreneurs

Posted Sunday, September 26, 2010

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The Law and Business Center for Advancing Entrepreneurship speaker series sponsored a talk by W. Sherman Rogers on September 23. Professor of Law at the Howard University School of Law and author of The African American Entrepreneur Then and Now, Rogers spoke on African American entrepreneurship.

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Rogers said that "entrepreneurship involves solving problems. If there were no problems, there would be no opportunities for entrepreneurs to solve." He went on to mention that "entrepreneurship involved the ability to recognize an opportunity and the courage to seize it. An opportunity itself is simply a favorable set of circumstances that creates a need for a new product or service. True entrepreneurial firms are innovative and create new products, services, and process." Rogers also noted that "African American entrepreneurship has been an integral part of the American economy since the 1600's."

The next Law and Business Center event will be an information session scheduled from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. on October 6 at the Westfield Business Improvement District, located at 48 Elm Street, Suite 5, in Westfield, MA. Eric Gouvin, Professor of Law at Western New England College School of Law and Director of the Law and Business Center for Advancing Entrepreneurship,will discuss "Top 10 List: Common Legal Problems of Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs."

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