Social Innovation Institute recognized for its work to create economic change in the community

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The New Jersey Black Issues Convention awarded its prestigious Community Change Award to Jeffrey Robinson, director of the New Jersey Social Innovation Institute, part of The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development.

Robinson was awarded for community change in the area of economic security and opportunity.

“NJBIC recognizes the outstanding contributions your organization has made to developing investment proposals, job creation, providing business networking training, mentoring and technical assistance to the community,” said conference director Clyde Allen.

Robinson, who teaches management and global business, is also the founding assistant director of the Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development at Rutgers Business School. Entrepreneurship is his area of expertise.

Through a partnership with Public Service Electric & Gas, the business school’s Social Innovation Institute recently completed a program to train and mentor aspiring entrepreneurs and, ultimately, to help create new businesses and jobs.

Robinson said the award was particularly meaningful because it came from an organization outside academia. “The award is recognition from a community-based organization that is thinking about innovative ways to make change,” Robinson said.

NJBIC presented its award to Robinson late last month during the 30th annual Black Leadership Conference in New Brunswick.

Jeffrey Robinson received the New Jersey Black Issues Convention's annual community change award last month.

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