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ODU launches initiative to help local businesses and entrepreneurs

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Old Dominion University is launching an initiative to connect the university’s resources with government, companies and nonprofit organizations.

The ODU Business Gateway will provide a single entry point for access to its intellectual capital and technologies. The mission of the group will be to provide companies, nonprofit groups, the military and entrepreneurs with an economic development resource.

It will provide services such as business and entrepreneurial advice and solutions for advanced manufacturing. It will also advise veteran-owned businesses and help companies with government procurement.

“It is my goal to make Old Dominion an active leader in local and statewide economic development by establishing it as a business friendly, solutions provider for Hampton Roads and beyond,” ODU President John Broderick said in a statement. “Creating the ODU Business Gateway, a priority in our recently completed strategic plan, represents a major step in that direction.”

Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade Jim Cheng will attend the opening of ODU Business Gateway on May 19. It will be located at Innovation Research Park @ ODU.


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