Campus: Sonoma State University -- March 25, 2002
Chalone Wine Foundation And Sonoma State University Partner In New Wine "Entrepreneur In Residence" Program
Sonoma State University is launching a new "Entrepreneur-in-Residence"
program for its Wine Business curriculum with the help of the Chalone
The new program is designed to bring a wine industry entrepreneur to the
university for a semester of teaching, working with faculty, and enriching
The Entrepreneur-in-Residence will offer a course entitled, "Wine
Entrepreneurship," which will instruct students on how to write a
business plan for a wine-related business or build a case study detailing
the entrepreneur's past venture.
Chalone Wine Foundation, an organization that awards scholarships to
students studying the art or science of wine or food, provides financial
grants to wine-related nonprofit groups, and administers the wine donations
of the Chalone Wine Group, is underwriting the Entrepreneur-in-Residence
W. Philip Woodward, President of the Chalone Wine Foundation, commented,
"We have worked closely with Sonoma State University to offer scholarships
to students in its Wine Business Program and we wanted to continue our
support in another facet. The Wine Business Program is important to
the wine industry and the Entrepreneur-in-Residence program will add
to it experiential education and mentoring."
David Hehman, Wine Business Program director, said "Phil is a
quintessential entrepreneur in the wine industry, having built Chalone
Wine Group from an emerging business into a publicly traded company.
Phil reveals his entrepreneurial spirit in his book, Chalone: A Journey
on the Wine Frontier, which chronicles the business of the Chalone Wine
The hallmark of many great entrepreneurs is their desire to give back
to the community. Byestablishing the Entrepreneur-in-Residence endowment
fund, Phil is spreading his entrepreneurial vision and enriching our
curriculum. We are thankful to have such a great mentor affiliated with
Sonoma State University will announce the first Entrepreneur-in-Residence
during its Career & Industry Night on May 9. The selection committee
consists of Woodward, Hehman, and Dr. Armand Gilinsky, director of the