Michael Tentnowski

Contract Faculty in Small Business/Entrepreneurship

BS, University of Montana; MBA, University of Montana
Email: mjtentnowski@plymouth.edu

About Professor Tentnowski

Michael Tentnowski is the Executive Director of the Enterprise Center at Plymouth (ECP), a business incubator/accelerator connected with Plymouth State University.  Prior to joining ECP, Michael consulted with business and industry primarily in the high tech arena.  He has been involved with business development for start-up companies for over twenty years, and has expertise in commercializing defense technologies, promoting renewable energy initiatives, and in entrepreneurial ventures.

Complementary experiences include; Director of Incubator Programs at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), Executive Director of the Physical Science Institute at New Mexico State University (NMSU), Vice President of an e-commerce energy trading platform, presenter/trainer for five Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs), and teaching graduate-level business courses at seven universities.

Michael co-authored the book entitled The Virginia Entrepreneur’s Guide, and has practical knowledge by way of starting and managing two successful small businesses.

Affiliations (past and present)

Board of Directors – Treasurer, New Hampshire Business Incubator Network

Board of Directors – Clean Energy Alliance (National)

Board of Directors – Secretary, Biovelia, Inc. (Canadian Biotech Company)

Board of Directors – Fundraising Chair, High Tech Consortium (New Mexico)

Board of Directors – Finance Committee, Danville Chamber of Commerce (Virginia)

Board of Directors – Finance Committee, Workforce Development Board (Virginia)

Strategic Directions Committee – National Business Incubation Association

Technology Advisory Board – Delaware Technical College: Business Technologies

Business Management Advisory Board – Wilmington University Graduate Center (DE)

Graduate – Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership (University of Virginia)

Graduate – New Mexico Economic Development Program

Graduate – Leadership Las Cruces (New Mexico)

Graduate – Albany Chamber of Commerce Executive Leadership Program (New York)

Graduate – Leadership Academy (New Hampshire)


  • Keynote speaker at numerous conference on small business management, entrepreneurship, and on the business incubation industry
  • Keynote speaker – Plymouth Regional Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting
  • Featured speaker for National Business Incubation Association conferences


  • The Virginia Entrepreneur’s Guide
  • Numerous articles highlighted in the Business Section of various publications


  • Managed/Partnered with three Incubator of the Year programs
  • 2014 National Small Business Institute award winner
  • Small Business Development Center “Excellence” award winner

Courses Taught

BU-4530: Small Business/Entrepreneurship Finance & Accounting

BU-5500: Small Business Institute I

BU-5501: Small Business Institute II 


College of Business Administration
Hyde Hall 116
7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., M-F

Mailing Address
17 High Street
MSC #27
Plymouth, NH 03264

Phone: 603-535-2610
(Diane Winsor, Administrative Assistant)
Fax: 603-535-2611