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Shuman Named Finalist for Ernst & Young N.E. Entrepreneur of the Year

June 1, 1998


WALTHAM, MASS.-Jeffrey Shuman, director of Entrepreneurial Studies at Bentley College and author of "The Rhythm of Business," has been selected as a finalist for the 1998 New England Entrepreneur of the Year award, it was announced by Robert H. Temkin, a partner in the Boston office of Ernst & Young LLP, the professional services firm that founded the program. Finalists were chosen from nominations throughout Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.

Since the early 1970s, Jeff Shuman has launched four companies, including two that became multi-million dollar businesses. He has also taught at two graduate schools of business and researched how firms get started. He is a consultant to several venture companies, including Streamline, Inc., pioneers in the home delivery of consumer goods and services.

Now celebrating its 12th year, the Entrepreneur of the Year program recognizes the vision, creativity and hard work of the region's most successful entrepreneurs and their supporters. This year, 49 finalists will be honored at an awards banquet on June 18 at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel. Winners of the New England award will go on to compete in a national program in the fall.

A resident of Framingham, Massachusetts, Jeff Shuman is professor of management at Bentley College. In his book, The Rhythm of Business (Butterworth-Heineman, 1998), and in his monthly column of the same title in the Boston Business Journal, Shuman outlines the natural development process that all businesses go through in order to succeed. As educator, author and mentor, he explains the sequence of starting, building and running a business that at its essence emphasizes flexibility, timing, intuition and attention to the customer.

"Business ideas and business concepts are not static but respond the lead of the market," says Shuman. "Business is not a store or a product or a spreadsheet. It is a dance and the customer always leads."

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