In today’s world, it’s all about your network. With Dennis Bone as its director, the Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship has a deep well of professional connections and contacts throughout the state of New Jersey, and beyond. Under Bone’s leadership, the Center has created an eco-system of nearly 1,000 people ready to help the Center achieve its mission, and to serve our students.
Bone is the former CEO of Verizon, one of New Jersey’s largest companies, and has relationships with leadership or board members at nearly all of the Fortune 500 companies based in New Jersey, plus the head partners of New Jersey’s top 25 law firms and accounting firms. Small businesses are also well represented in his Rolodex.
Bone is also well-respected in the corridors of the Statehouse, where he has served in a variety of advisory roles about ways to spark growth in the state’s business sector and on issues related to workforce development. Bone also has a long history of serving on the boards of nonprofits, including those focused on community development, science, the arts and education.
Bone’s connections have been leveraged to create partnerships with the state’s largest business associations, entrepreneur networks, and professional experts in a variety of industries. Realizing the importance of technology, Bone and the Center have also partnered with the New Jersey Technology Council, BioNJ and Innovation NJ. As part of its mission to support and nurture women entrepreneurs, the Center has staff and board members who are involved with groups like Women’s Presidents’ Organization, 85 Broads, Commercial Real Estate Women, and women’s councils of nonprofits.