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The best of both worlds: hands-on training in the classroom

This story appears in the February 2000 issue of

As an entrepreneur, Ken Proudfoot knows what it takes to launch a business from home. Between psychological forces like isolation and motivation, to traditional business issues like product development and marketing, the home office can be a stifling place to work.

So Proudfoot helped create the Larry Friedman International Center for Entrepreneurship at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island. The school serves as a business incubator, creative lab and headquarters for new businesses started by the university's students and alumni--many of which are started from home, says Proudfoot, the program's director.

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