‘Legacy of Learning’ panel will offer advice to potential business starters

This story was updated on Oct. 29, 2020

Looks at postgraduate entrepreneurship and America’s criminal justice system will join the final week of Careerpalooza as coming-week highlights at Norwich University.

As part of its continuing Legacy of Learning series, Norwich’s Alumni and Family Relations Office will present “Entrepreneurship: Where to Begin” from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Joey Mac Dizon ’11 will moderate a panel that includes Norwich Professor James Rogler and alumni Richard Porqueddu '91 and Michael Reyes ’19.

Dizon, who spoke on the June 17 Legacy of Learning session on suicide prevention, will discuss how he started and sustains his New Jersey-based business, The Mobile Cigar Lounge.

“There are people that have done phenomenal things ... and maybe want to help you out. They can show you the door, but you’re the person that must walk through.” Joey Mac Dizon ’11, entrepreneur and The Mobile Cigar Lounge CEO

Dizon grew up in Belleville, New Jersey, and enlisted in the U.S. Marines Corps after graduating from high school. He enrolled at Norwich University and worked toward his history degree around deployments to Norway, Mongolia and Iraq.

After graduating from Norwich in 2011, Dizon began working with veterans (he’s program coordinator for the nonprofit group Hope for Warriors) and exploring entrepreneurship.

On the June 16 episode of Scott DeLuzio’s “Drive On” podcast, Dizon said he learned about customer service, marketing, and people skills from a Norwich rugby teammate’s father, who ran a successful business, and from armed forces veteran entrepreneurs.

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Vermont State Police officers speak to Norwich University students during a 2015 job fair at Plumley Armory. Matthew Fischer, an assistant professor of criminal justice will in the coming week lead a virtual discussion on public trust of police. (Photo by Mark Collier.)

(Scott DeLuzio is the brother of onetime Norwich student Steven DeLuzio, a Vermont U.S. Army National Guard sergeant who was killed Aug. 22, 2010, during combat in Afghanistan.)

“There was a lot of learning,” he told DeLuzio. “I had a lot of great mentors.”

In September 2018, Dizon started the Mobile Cigar Lounge, which supplies hand-rolled cigars to weddings, private parties and events in New Jersey, Philadelphia, New York City and Long Island, New York.

“I played a lot of sports growing up, being part of a team was a big thing and becoming part of a team, you get to find out about wins and losses and the hard work that goes behind it,” Dizon said on the podcast. “I started finding out, you work hard, you play hard, you win, you lose. When you lose, you work harder. … In business, I took that same mentality where you’ve got to work hard, you’ve got to do the work.”

Dizon said he’s continued to learn, from a Rutgers University entrepreneurship program, and build connections, as member of the New Jersey Veterans Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Philadelphia Veterans Network.

 “There are people that have done phenomenal things, and you’ll find out that they love to give back and maybe want to help you out,” Dizon told DeLuzio. “They can show you the door, but you’re the person that must walk through it.”

The Alumni and Family Relations Office said the panelists will discuss how and why they started their businesses, how they secured resources and how they overcame surprise obstacles (which always seem to arise).

Click here for details on for the Legacy of Learning session.

Careerpalooza concludes

The Career and Internship Center’s Careerpalooza, which virtually links employee-seeking companies and Norwich University students, will conclude its four-week run in the coming week. Employer-direct meetings presented by Handshake, a Norwich partner, and sessions by the university’s Career and Internship Center will help students for postgraduation worklife.

Career and Internship Center sessions will include a virtual chat with alumni from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and virtual recruiting fair Thursday. Companies presenting employer-direct sessions will include the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the Dentsu Aegis Network.

Letting go and getting in

If current students, or anyone else in Norwich’s community, needs a momentary respite from all of this activity, the Counseling and Wellness Center will lead a virtual mindful meditation workshop from 2 to 3 p.m. Monday. And prospective students can get application guidance from the Admissions Office during a virtual meeting from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday.

Click here for a complete look at upcoming Norwich University events.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The "CoLA Colloqium" discussion on trust in police, which Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Matthew Fischer will lead, was moved to 12:15 to 1 p.m. Nov. 12 from the same time on Oct. 27.

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