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Martha Stewart American Made Winner to Headline the SUNY Engine Conference on April 19

DATE: 03-14-2013

Brian Howell, the founder of Bee Man Candle Company in Canastota, N.Y., and a 2012 Martha Stewart American Made Award honoree, will deliver the keynote address at the SUNY Engine Conference—Out Front and Pulling Away: Bypassing Roadblocks on Friday, April 19 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Auburn.

Howell will share his experience as an entrepreneur who has grown his 100-percent beeswax candle company into what is becoming an anchor institution in the Canastota area. He is one of 20 presenters from across the state who will participate in the conference that brings together higher education faculty, entrepreneurs, and business and community leaders to discuss how colleges and universities can better support budding entrepreneurs in and out of the classroom.

The conference will provide ideas on how to establish and integrate entrepreneurial thinking into curriculum and beyond the classroom. Sessions will focus on creating an entrepreneurial campus culture and best practices in starting and sustaining entrepreneurship education. 

The conference will also feature a panel of student entrepreneurs who will discuss how they got started and what has helped them the most as new entrepreneurs. The panel will be facilitated by Cayuga Community College entrepreneur-in-residence John Liddy of the Syracuse Technology Garden.

The event runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., followed by a wine tasting by Dr. Frank’s Winery. The cost is $120, including breakfast, lunch and refreshments, and registration can be completed online at Registration for students is $50.

A block of rooms have been reserved at a discounted rate for SUNY Engine conference for both Thursday and Friday nights at the Hilton Garden Inn, 74 State Street, Auburn. To secure the discounted rate, reservations must be made by March 20, 2013. Details can be found online at

The conference is being co-sponsored by Broome Community College, Cayuga Community College, the State University of New York, Syracuse University, the Lumina Foundation, and Dr. Frank’s Winery.

About SUNY Engine

The SUNY Educational Network to Grow Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Engine) sprung from Spring 2011 conversations of a small group of faculty and administrators from Cayuga Community College, Broome Community College, Syracuse University, and the SUNY Leadership Institute as well as a few non-profit organizations that support economic growth across the state looking for ways to collaborate and support and educate entrepreneurs.