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March 17, 2005

Media Release: Merrill Lynch program targets deaf students

From: Gallaudet - Mar 17, 2005

Media Release
Dr. Joseph J. Innes
Director, Gallaudet Leadership Institute
Gallaudet University
Phone: (202) 448-7028 (TDD only)
FAX: (202) 651-6229

March 14, 2005


Merrill Lynch Entrepreneur Leadership Program at Gallaudet University Provides Students with Financial Support

(Gallaudet University, Washington, D.C.) – The Gallaudet Leadership Institute (GLI), with generous support from Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc., is offering professional preparation for individuals interested in entrepreneurial leadership. The program is specifically designed for individuals interested in becoming entrepreneurs and enhancing their business prospects. Financial support, including tuition and room & board, will be provided to students accepted into the pilot program that begins on July 25th, 2005.

The year-long Professional Studies and Training (PST) certificate program will make use of face-to-face, online, and hybrid course formats to ensure broad access to its offerings. Utilizing modern technologies, the program will deliver online learning modules simultaneously in both American Sign Language (ASL) and English. It culminates with an intensive two-week summer program at Gallaudet University, during which time participants will develop personalized business plans for submission to potential financial supporters, including the United States Small Business Administration (SBA).

The program is coordinated by Bernard Brown, entrepreneur and faculty member in the Gallaudet University Business Department. Mr. Brown founded Master Builder of Glastonbury, LLC. He served as the company's financial officer, project manager, general contractor and oversaw product sales and marketing. He brings a wealth of first-hand entrepreneurial experience to this program.

Additional information about the Merrill Lynch Entrepreneur Training Program and the Gallaudet Leadership Institute is available at Questions regarding the program and eligibility for financial support should be addressed to