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A place for University of Guam students and island residents to help launch their dreams of becoming entrepreneurs was unveiled at the University of Guam last week.

Bank of Guam and University of Guam leadership attended the unveiling of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, located on the second floor of the Jesus and Eugenia Leon Guerrero School of Business and Public Administration building at the ‘UOG.

The bank is committing $250,000 over five years to support the center.

Joaquin “Kin” Cook, president and CEO of Bank of Guam, and grandson of the bank’s founder, Jesus Leon Guerrero, spoke in front of a mural depicting a quote from his grandfather that stands reads: “My philosophy has always been that a man is entitled to take at least one or two leaps in life in pursuit of a challenging and challenging endeavor that will make a difference.

Cook noted that his late grandfather took the plunge and laid the foundation for what is now the Bank of Guam.

University President Thomas W. Krise thanked the bank, UOG Endowment Foundation, School of Business and Public Administration, Small Business Development Center and others for the partnership.

The center can help UOG better serve the island community, Krise said.

“We’re also looking to diversify our revenue streams, and so having an innovation and entrepreneurship hub helps us think entrepreneurially,” Krise said.

‘Perfect partner’

James Ji, Ph.D., director of the center and assistant professor of management at the school, said the center is honored to have Bank of Guam as its partner and lead sponsor.

“We believe they are the perfect partner to help us achieve our mission – to stimulate entrepreneurial ideas and innovation among our students and within the community,” said Ji.

The center is available for workshops, trainings, presentations and co-working spaces.

The center is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. To make a reservation outside regular hours, contact [email protected]






Front, left to right: Katrina Perez, University of Guam Endowment Foundation; Dean Fred Schumann, School of Business and Public Administration; former Governor Joseph Ada; Senior Vice President and Vice President Anita Borja Enriquez; UOG President Thomas W. Krise; Joaquin Cook, CEO of Bank of Guam; Lesley-Anne Leon Guerrero, Senior Vice President and Chief Experience Officer, Bank of Guam; Opake reps Tim “Be” Deleon Guerrero, Rome Daco and Ed Gaza. Behind, from left to right: James Ji, director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation; and UOG Board Member Mike Naholowaa.




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