Sponsors and Collaborators



Charles L. "Bud" VanArsdale

In 2009, Charles VanArsdale made a very generous $2.5 million donation to SUNY Geneseo to fund the creation of an Entrepreneurship Program. VanArsdale said he chose to support Geneseo because of the college’s many contributions to the region.

“Geneseo is one of the area’s largest employers, has outstanding academics and produces great alumni,” said VanArsdale. “I’m so impressed by Geneseo. If I can help the college, I want to do it.”

VanArsdale called the gift an investment in students and the region. “You don’t have to work for General Motors or Texaco to come up with a bright idea,” he said. “Get these students enthused to work in small business. That’s where the future of the country is.”

VanArsdale served as director of SUNY Geneseo’s Small Business Development Center for several years after his tenure as president of the Bank of Castile. As president, he became the ultimate community banker, helping residents in Livingston County purchase homes and launch businesses.

This donation by Mr. VanArsdale ensures that his vision and commitment to entrepreneurship and the creation of small businesses will live on in Geneseo. The many Geneseo students, professors, and community members who have been impacted by Mr. VanArsdale's donation would like to thank him for making this incredible learning opportunity possible. This would not have happened without his generosity.


Crickler Vending Company, Inc.


With over twenty-four years in the vending industry, Crickler Vending Co. has established a reputation as one of the most innovative and customer-service oriented suppliers in the vending business. Crickler is a family owned and operated firm with market reach throughout Western New York State with offices in Rochester, Buffalo, and Elmira, providing outstanding products in three main areas of business: Micro Markets with Fresh Food and Snacks:  Coffee Service and Custom Vending Solutions.


Knowing the value of innovative and entrepreneurial thinking, Crickler is pleased to support VentureWorks and the Geneseo students in the program.  Likewise, VentureWorks is grateful for the support of Crickler Vending Company as we all work together to train the next generation of entrepreneurs in our region.


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