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Sec. Cheng and President Broderick to Launch ODU Business Gateway Today

Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade Jim Cheng will join Old Dominion University President John R. Broderick to officially open the ODU Business Gateway at 2:15 p.m. Wednesday, May 19.  Headquartered in the Innovation Research Park @ ODU, the ODU Business Gateway is a single, consistent entry point to the intellectual capital, innovative technologies and world-class infrastructure of the university.

The event will be streamed live online at


The mission of the ODU Business Gateway, unique in Virginia and one of only a handful in the country, is to provide companies large and small, not-for-profit organizations, military commands and entrepreneurs a dedicated resource to help solve business problems, expand capabilities and create new ventures.

"Many of the structures, policies and approaches that make universities successful in teaching and research also make them quite difficult for businesses to navigate and utilize," Broderick said. "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. Creating the ODU Business Gateway, a priority in our recently completed strategic plan, represents a major step in that direction."

"The ODU Business Gateway is precisely the kind of initiative that Governor McDonnell's administration supports to help solidify Virginia as the best state for collaborative and productive relationships between the business community and our institutions of higher education," Cheng said.

ODU's Business Gateway will offer services matched to market needs, including business and entrepreneurial services, advanced manufacturing and industrial solutions, and special business assistance such as veterans business outreach, SWAM and procurement assistance.

"Part of its uniqueness will be that companies can interact with one central office dedicated to finding the right university resources - from faculty expertise and consulting, to customized training, testing, development and LEAN projects - to help solve problems and grow their operations," said Jerry Robertson, associate vice president and leader of the ODU Business Gateway. "Currently, most universities have several points of entry for different aspects of a business problem or need, most of which never communicate or collaborate."

The ODU Business Gateway will be an expansion of the university's successful Virginia Applied Technology and Professional Development Center (VATPDC), which Robertson formerly led. Responsible for more than $50 million in local economic development impact, the capabilities and services of the former VATPDC will become integrated into the ODU Business Gateway.

This article was posted on: May 19, 2010

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