Baruch College’s Lawrence N. Field Programs in Entrepreneurship celebrated its 15th anniversary last week with a gala reception on Thursday, November 20, 2008. The celebration included the presentation of two proclamations from Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer honoring the achievements of the Field Center and its patron and namesake, Lawrence N. Field.
“The Field Programs in Entrepreneurship exemplify Baruch College’s commitment to academic excellence,” Baruch College President Kathleen Waldron said. “While including important research and teaching components, they also provide our students with practical experience in small business development and our community with necessary business expertise. We couldn’t do this without Larry Field’s generosity, and I join the Manhattan Borough President in celebrating and recognizing this achievement.”
Originally established in 1993, as the Baruch College Small Business Lab, the Center became associated with Baruch alumnus Lawrence N. Field (’52, DCSc (Hon.) ’04) in 1998. Field’s vision and generosity made possible the expansion of the Center’s work, including its core mission of providing free counseling and business expertise to clients striving to start or expand independent business ventures. In recognition of Mr. Field’s enormous contribution to entrepreneurship at Baruch College, the Small Business Lab was officially renamed the Lawrence N. Field Center by the Trustees of the City University of New York in 1999.
“In the last decade, the Field Programs in Entrepreneurship have become an increasingly important part of business education at Baruch College,” said John Elliott, dean of Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business. “Entrepreneurship has become magnet for some of our best students. Thanks to Larry Field’s generosity, we have been able to hire outstanding scholars in the field, to partner with Merrill Lynch in a prominent business plan competition, and to partner with New York State to offer the City an excellent SBDC.”