New Institute Reaches Out to Valley Businesses

NEW PALTZ — The SUNY New Paltz School of Business recently launched a Business Institute, which is designed to make the business school’s skills, knowledge and expertise available to the Hudson Valley business community.

The Institute is the latest step in a program that has quickly evolved into the only public business school between New York City and Albany that offers a master’s of business administration and a full range of bachelor business programs.

“The Business Institute will further connect the Hudson Valley business community to the university,” said Hadi Salavitabar, the dean of the SUNY New Paltz School of Business. “We are a vital resource to regional businesses and their leaders.”

Services offered by the Business Institute include:

  • The Executive Roundtable — A membership forum for top executives that affords a private and confidential setting to discuss issues unique to top decision-makers. Through the Roundtable, these executives can access the expertise of other top leaders in industry and business to creatively solve common problems, as well as form a social network of peers. The roundtable sessions will be facilitated by Reif Kanan, a business professor with extensive business leadership experience. The School of Business is now accepting applications for the Executive Roundtable. Membership includes participation in four roundtable sessions, with the first scheduled for April 20. The application deadline for this first roundtable session is April 17.
  • Consulting – The SUNY New Paltz School of Business faculty can provide consulting services for accounting, marketing, employee relations and technology.
  • Seminars – The Institute will host a series of seminars on timely business issues and featuring relevant experts and panels.

Of the three key offerings, Salavitabar says the Executive Roundtable is drawing the most excitement.

“This dynamic process has helped thousands of executives across the nation make better decisions, improve leadership and management skills, and alleviate the sense of isolation often experienced by chief decision makers,” said Salavitabar. “I am pleased that the Business Institute focused on the Executive Roundtable as its premier program.”

While the Business Institute is brand new, expectations are that it will enjoy quick success, following the footsteps of the year-old MBA program.

“The Institute fills a need in the Hudson Valley for all business people,” said Taylor Thompson, the chair of the School of Business’ Advisory Board. “The SUNY New Paltz School of Business now serves the entire business community with timely programs, workshops and seminars.”

For more information on the Business Institute or to make an application to the Executive Roundtable, call (845) 257-2675 or e-mail