Published 02/20/18

Contact: Cecilia Cooper, Public Relations Director, Bryant University, 401-232-6932

Steve Forbes Will Address Bryant Northeast Entrepreneurship Conference

SMITHFIELD, RI – Bryant University’s Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization (CEO) will host the seventh annual Bryant University Northeast Entrepreneurship Conference (BUNEEC) on Saturday, March 3 from                  11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

One of the region’s largest educational events for young entrepreneurs, BUNEEC is expected to draw more than 500 students from colleges and universities throughout the Northeast. It is open to the public. Registration is free for Bryant students, $30 for students from other colleges and universities, $35 for high school students, and $55 for the general public.

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The program will feature four keynote speakers, each with a unique story and entrepreneurial perspective. There are also a number of breakout sessions on such topics as turning failure into triumph, structuring a new enterprise for success, grassroots entertainment entrepreneurship, and inspiring stories about starting and succeeding in business.

Steve Forbes, chairman and editor-in-chief of Forbes Media and bestselling author, is a keynote speaker. Mr. Forbes is an internationally respected authority in the worlds of economics, finance, and corporate leadership. His keen ability to provide economic insights on the big issues of the day has been trusted by business leaders around the world. At BUNEEC, Forbes will address the current economic situation and provide insights and strategic advice for business growth and success.

Forbes is the nation's leading business magazine, with a readership of 6.2 million in the U.S. The company's 38 local editions around the world, including Forbes Asia, together have a circulation of almost 1.2 million. has become one of the world's most influential websites, with nearly 60 million unique visitors a month.

BUNEEC's other keynote speakers are: Craig Dubitsky, founder and CEO of Hello, a new kind of naturally friendly™ oral care company and Dan MacCombie, entrepreneur in residence at Dev Equity and co-founder of Runa, an NYC-based social enterprise that brews beverages from guayusa tea.

Breakout session speakers include Marques Ogden, a former NFL offensive lineman who found success as a motivational speaker and marketing leader; and LGC+D/LeveragedSolutions’ Managing Director Susan Keller, whose quarter-century of strategic business and legal expertise has helped innovative business ventures and young entrepreneurs to thrive. The program includes smaller breakout sessions and workshops.

“Having Steve Forbes here at Bryant University as the keynote for this major conference is yet another example of the incredible efforts of our students and faculty,” said Provost and Chief Academic Officer Glenn Sulmasy. “BUNEEC and CEO represent the best of Bryant and our entrepreneurial students.  I am proud of this truly student led organization that has consistently been rated in the top five entrepreneurship clubs in the nation. 

“We're working to make BUNEEC one of the premiere entrepreneurship conferences in the region,” said Jacob Lewtan ’18, the Director of BUNEEC 2018. “The conference is for more than students planning on starting their own business. We want to pick an entrepreneur’s brain and see how they think, and then teach people how they can apply those strategies to do a better job in their own career path, whatever it might be.”

About Bryant CEO

Bryant’s Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization attracts business leaders and highly motivated students who organize annual events that attract and enrich student entrepreneurs from all over the country. Bryant CEO, which has won the title of National Best Chapter six times in the last 10 years, was honored as one of the top three chapters in the nation in 2017.

About Bryant University 

Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I., is a leading private university offering an innovative and uniquely integrated business and liberal arts education. The University's 3,700 undergraduate and postgraduate students study in an intensive and immersive learning environment that has been purpose-built for high achievement. Bryant’s groundbreaking academic programs have been nationally recognized by organizations including the Davis Educational Foundation and Hanover Research. Founded in 1863, Bryant is recognized as a leader in international education and regularly receives top rankings from U.S. News and World ReportCollege Factual/U.S.A. TodayBloomberg BusinessweekForbes, and Barron’s.