Macricostas lecture and award Oct. 6 to celebrate entrepreneurial spirit
Middlebury contractor Dinto to be feted, business startup expert Moltz to speak at WCSU

DANBURY, CONN. — The entrepreneurial spirit will be celebrated on Wednesday, Oct. 6, at Western Connecticut State University at a luncheon honoring Middlebury electrical contractor Paul Dinto and a lecture featuring nationally acclaimed business startup expert and author Barry Moltz.

Dinto, founder and owner since 1987 of Paul Dinto Electrical Contractors, will receive the 2010 Entrepreneur of the Year Award at a luncheon at noon in the Ballroom of the Westside Campus Center on the WCSU Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. Seats may be reserved at a cost of $50 per guest by calling (203) 837-8297.

Moltz, author of three books and commentator for national media and a weekly radio show on entrepreneurship, will offer his insightful and humorous perspective on key elements for success and failure in business startups when he delivers the Macricostas Lecture at 7:30 p.m. in the Student Center Theater on the university’s Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. The talk will be free and the public is invited, with an informal reception following the talk.

The award and lecture are funded by grants from the foundation of Brookfield industrialist and philanthropist Constantine “Deno” Macricostas and his wife Marie.

Dinto heads a company with a staff of approximately 200 employees at headquarters in Middlebury and satellite offices in New Haven and Groton. Paul Dinto Electrical Contractors has emerged as a leading contractor in the construction and maintenance of electrical industry and communications infrastructure across Connecticut and the region.

As president and chief executive officer, Dinto has emphasized teamwork and commitment to client satisfaction in building a company with the technical expertise and management skills required to tackle the complex planning, scheduling and implementation of diverse capital projects ranging from health care, performing arts and academic facilities to industrial plants, commercial buildings and corporate headquarters. He serves as a board member of the Associated General Contractors of Connecticut.

A lifelong Danbury resident, Dinto has remained active in his community as a member of the development fund board and major gifts and finance committees at Danbury Hospital, and as a board vice president and building committee chairman at Ann’s Place cancer support center. He also has served as an incorporator and board member at Savings Bank of Danbury. He received the Danbury Hospital Heart of Gold Award in 2005 for his volunteer service.

Moltz’s lecture on the theme, “Your Business, Unstuck,” will draw from his experience over the past two decades in founding and running a series of small businesses, and in founding an angel fund and angel investor group to support promising business startup plans. He explored the shifting fortunes and emotional challenges of entrepreneurship in his first book, “You Need to Be a Little Crazy: The Truth about Starting and Growing Your Business,” now in its fourth printing. His second book, “Bounce! Failure, Resiliency and the Confidence to Achieve Your Next Great Success,” offered strategies to turn business failure into future opportunities. The importance of meeting customer expectations in the new age of internet marketing and social media is the theme for his most recent book, “BAM! Delivering Customer Service in a Self-Service World.” His articles on business themes have appeared in publications across the country, and he wrote the foreword to “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Business Plans.”

Moltz hosts the weekly program “Business Insanity Talk Radio,” and has appeared as a guest business commentator on national television and radio programs including “The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch” and “The Tavis Smiley Show.” His blog, “It’s a Small Business World,” is posted on websites for the Chicago Tribune and Crain’s Chicago Enterprise City. He has served as an adjunct professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, has consulted for businesses and nonprofit institutions nationwide, and was elected in 2004 to the Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame.

For more information, contact the Office of University Relations at (203) 837-8486.

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