Lansdowne Named Entrepreneur of the Year

Feb 15th, 1999 | By | Category: 10-3: Distance Education, Tribal College News

Michele Lansdowne received the award from Kurt Mueller of the Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership

Michele Lansdowne has been named the 1998 National Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the Supporter of Entrepreneurship category. Lansdowne heads the Business Development Department at Salish Kootenai College in Pablo, Mont. She also oversees the Tribal Business Assistance Center, which provides a variety of services for tribal entrepreneurs.

Armed with a MBA and a masters in languages, Landsdowne moved from teaching into small business development 10 years ago in Bellingham, Wash. Since then, she served as Northwest Indian College’s Business Assistance Center director before moving to Salish Kootenai College to start the Tribal Business Assistance Center there. She also helped developed the Montana Tribal Business Information Network. The work of the tribal business assistance centers at tribal colleges across the country equips individuals and communities to lead self-sufficient lives consistent with their cultural values (TCJ, Vol. IX Number 3).

The award recognizes outstanding leaders who have consistently demonstrated creativity and innovation in teaching or supporting entrepreneurship, and have contributed time, investment capital, encouragement and/or skill development. Selected by an independent panel of judges, Lansdowne received the award at the 12th Annual Ernst & Young  Entrepreneur Of The Year International Conference in Palm Springs, Calif. Founded in 1986 by professional services firm Ernst & Young LLP, the awards program is also sponsored by USA Today, the Nasdaq Stock Market, and the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership Inc. at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Additional support is provided by Investor’s Business Daily.

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