Date: January 11, 2008
Contact: Eric Matanyi
Governors State University
Phone: (708) 534-4044
Fax: (708) 534-8399
For Immediate Release
University Park, IL, January 11, 2008 –The CenterPoint for Entrepreneurs at Governors State University announced the appointment of William Hett-Dobricky as Director of its Entrepreneurship Center. The Entrepreneurship Center is one of 17 opened under Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich’s Opportunity Returns initiative, with the goal of restoring economic opportunity statewide by focusing on business growth and employment at the regional level.
“William has been a great asset to CenterPoint clients over the years. His extensive business experience made him a perfect fit for the new position,” said CenterPoint director Hilary Burkinshaw.
Hett-Dobricky is a former business owner and former director of an Illinois Procurement Technical Assistance Center and has more than twenty-five years of experience in business development, government and commercial contracting, and procurement. He has assisted clients in obtaining over $100 million in government business and created a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) expertise center at GSU.
He also worked for Northrop-Grumman, Rockwell International, and Argonne National Laboratory during which he received a 1999 National Partnership for Reinventing Government Hammer Award from the Office of the Vice-President of the United States.
Hett-Dobricky holds a Masters in Business Administration from Dominican University, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Sciences from DePaul University, and a Master’s Certificate in Government Contracting from George Washington University. His Professional designations include Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM) and Fellow of the National Contract Management Association. He is a former Illinois Community College Trustee and university lecturer in international business, marketing, and procurement.
“I’m proud to be able to continue my work with the CenterPoint team in this capacity. As the south suburbs continue to grow, CenterPoint continues to grow to support new entrepreneurs and their businesses,” Hett-Dobricky said.
The CenterPoint Entrepreneurship Center provides direct assistance, guidance, and support services to high-growth potential firms and serves as a coordination hub for entrepreneurial development throughout the Chicago region. In addition to guidance and counseling services, the Entrepreneurship Center administers a matching grant award program that has awarded $180,000 in Challenge Grants over the past two year. The grants provide high-growth potential businesses with assistance in obtaining professional services to acquire capital and increase revenues.
Call (708) 534-4929 or visit www.centerpointgsu.com for more information on the Entrepreneurship Center and the Challenge Grant program.