About the Staats Brokaw Entrepreneurial Spirit Award

The Staats Brokaw Entrepreneurial Spirit Award

Each year, the Clinton Business Group Foundation selects three graduating seniors from Hunterdon County’s five high schools, as well as Hunterdon County Polytech and private-school/homeschoolers, as finalists for the organization’s Staats Brokaw Entrepreneurial Spirit Award.  All three finalists are invited to attend the local networking group’s Awards Breakfast in May.

To be considered, each finalist submits a 350 to 500 word essay and each will receive $1,000.00, for the effort. The grand prize winner is announced at the breakfast meeting and receives an additional $1,000.00. The awards are presented by Louise Brokaw and the J. Staats Brokaw Entrepreneurial Spirit Award Committee.

About  J. Staats Brokaw

The award is named in honor of beloved CBG founding member J. Staats Brokaw who was born in Somerville, NJ. J. Staats Brokaw, III grew up in Bridgewater, graduating from Bridgewater-Raritan High School. He then studied civil engineering at Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA, where he received his BS and MS degrees. He moved to Hunterdon County in 1973 and lived in Clinton Township until his death from colon cancer at the age of 57.

Staats’ “entrepreneurial spirit” developed early when, as a boy, he raised rabbits for sale to Ortho Pharmaceuticals in addition to holding a paper route. As an adult, he began his career as a civil engineer working for other companies and became licensed as a professional engineer in several states. He started his own engineering firm in 1987.

Perhaps Staats’ best attribute in his professional as well as personal life was the ability to say “yes.” He saw challenges rather than problems and found ways to make things work rather than discarding ideas as too difficult or impossible.

The finalists and grand prize winner of The Clinton Business Group’s Staats Brokaw Entrepreneurial Spirit Award exhibit that same positive, can-do attitude toward their projects.

Photo of J. Staats Brokaw, who is honored in the J. Staats Brokaw Entrepreneurial Spirit Award

J. Staats Brokaw

Our J. Staats Brokaw Entrepreneurial Spirit Award Supports:

  • The Red Mill, during their annual “Haunted Mill” event
  • Clinton Christmas Parade
  • The United Way “Tools for Schools” Program
  • The ARC of Hunterdon
  • IHN during “Cruisin’ with Bob” Annual Car Show

About The Clinton Business Group

Founded in 1998, The Clinton Business Group is a non-profit corporation composed of professionals, business owners and decision makers from the Greater Clinton Area. Networking, business development and community service are key elements. New members must be voted in and only one of any business category is permitted. The CBG meets at 8:00 a.m., the first and third Thursday of each month, at The Spinning Wheel Diner, Lebanon. Meetings adjourn at 9:00 a.m.

About Clinton, NJ: Clinton is located in the west central area of the state not far from the Delaware River – near highway 78, Route 31 & Route 22 – and allows easy access to both metro New York City and Philadelphia. Conveniently near Flemington, Clinton offers most of the attractions and conveniences of a much bigger town combined with the charm of small-town living.