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Madison Business Network shares vision at opening meeting

Joyce Krech speaks at the podium to gathering standing in front of her.

JMU-based centers that link the university to the business community in Harrisonburg and beyond discussed their missions Friday, Aug. 29 at the opening meeting of the Madison Business Network.

The network, formed by JMU First Lady Mary Ann Alger, Mary Lou Bourne, executive director of JMU Technology Innovation; Carol Hamilton, director of the Center for Entrepreneurship; and Joyce Krech, director of the Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center, is beginning its third year.

The meeting started with an introduction of the Madison Trust, a new initiative to offer financial support to JMU faculty and staff for creative proposals that stimulate imaginative thinking fostering innovation and transformational giving to support the mission of JMU. The trust will provide donors with greater engagement with JMU, offering strategic choice and involvement, said Steve Smith, associate vice president of constituent relations.

In addition to introducing their missions, representatives of the centers in the network spent time meeting each other and discussing ways they can work together.

Other entities with representatives at the meeting were:

The next entrepreneurship event will be the Innovation, Collaboration, Creativity and Entrepreneurship (ICCE) Event 7-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12 at the JMU Festival Ballroom. Online registration is required. To register and get more information, visit the ICCE website.

Published Aug. 29, 2014