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Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship to Host Alumnus Larry Hott

The Western New England University Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship will host a presentation by Larry Hott, Co-Founder of Florentine Films/Hott Productions, Inc., on Tuesday, November 5 from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. in the Blake Law Center Commons. The event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be provided.

A 1976 graduate of the Western New England University School of Law, Hott left the practice of law to produce documentary films. His prolific career includes an Emmy award, two Academy Award nominations, a George Foster Peabody Award, the duPont-Columbia Journalism Award, five American Film Festival Blue Ribbons, and first place awards from numerous film festivals. During his lecture, Hott will discuss the path he took to starting, running, and growing his business venture, sharing lessons that he learned along the way and providing pointers to those that are just starting out.

The Western New England University Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship is a resource for small business development in the Pioneer Valley region. Combining the resources of the University’s Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, and Pharmacy and the School of Law, the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship offers personal, professional assistance to entrepreneurs in the business startup stage, free of charge through the Small Business Clinic and numerous community outreach events. For more information about the Center or the speaker series, call 413-796-2030 or visit

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Western New England University is a private, independent, coeducational institution founded in 1919. Located on an attractive 215-acre suburban campus in Springfield, Massachusetts, Western New England University serves 3,955 students, including 2,575 full-time undergraduate students. Undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs are offered through Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, and Pharmacy, and School of Law.


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