Josh Fogarty (Clarkson ’12)
A senior at Clarkson University, Josh Fogarty knows firsthand the positive impact the Reh Center for Entrepreneurship has on Clarkson students and the local business community.
Josh first got involved with the Center toward the end of his freshman year. Recognizing an entrepreneur in the making, founding Director Marc Compeau approached Josh about working at the Center. Josh played an integral role in shaping the now highly popular My Small Business 101 class, assisting with web development, and later working one-on-one with local business leaders.
He attributes the Center’s unique, hands-on approach to its success in improving economic growth and business development throughout the area. “The Center offers local business owners a tailored, hands-on experience for learning how to run a successful company,” said Josh. “They learn the basics like strategic planning and financial management, but they also gain valuable networking opportunities to learn from each other.”As an Information Systems and Business Processes major, Josh found the one-on-one interaction with small businesses to be very valuable for his own learning experience. “I love technology and what it can do for people, but I also enjoy working directly with the client. I learned firsthand how to deal and communicate with a variety of business owners, which has made me a better problem solver,” said Josh. “There is no one solution for any given problem. Working at the Center, I learned how best to deal with a range of problems and develop a solution that matches what the company needs.”
“I love technology and what it can do for people, but I also enjoy working directly with the client.”