Laura Swanson

Executive Director

Laura is the Executive Director of the Enterprise Center at Salem State University.  The Enterprise Center is an entrepreneurial support organization and a hub for regional business growth with an accessible community for entrepreneurs and business owners seeking professional growth and business development on the North Shore.   As Executive Director, Laura is responsible for over 70+ business programs offered by the Enterprise Center, as well as the management of the Center’s 53,000 sq. ft. building that houses approximately 40 tenants.  She has been with the Enterprise Center since 2008 and previously served as its Chief Operating Officer.

Laura also heads up the work of the North Shore Alliance for Economic Development which is a regional economic development organization that supports thirty communities north of Boston.  The Alliance is a cogent, broad-based voice of collaborative advocacy on issues of economic development, transportation and infrastructure planning, education and workforce issues.  The Alliance bring regional leaders from 30 communities together to explore and takes action on economic development issues that can help grow the region, including those that advance the Commonwealth as a whole.  She is a member of the Workforce Skills Cabinet Northeast Regional Planning Team and the City of Salem’s Economic Development Recovery & Revitalization Task Force.  She also hosted the weekend radio show North Shore Conversations on 104.9FM.  She works closely with Salem State University in its entrepreneurship programs for students and serves on the President’s Leadership Cabinet and the Bertolon School of Business Advisory Board.

Laura was selected to participate in the inaugural LEADS North Shore Fellows cohort which began in September 2022.  LEADS is a 10-month Executive Fellowship program that is developed and delivered in partnership with Faculty/Staff from Harvard Business School.  LEADS fellows are diverse, cross-sectional leaders, already working in positions of influence and committed to making positive change in the greater Lynn, Salem, Peabody and/or Beverly communities.

Before coming to the Enterprise Center Laura worked with orthopedic practices for 20+ years and had her own business, where she provided consulting and project management services for physician owned practices.  She graduated magna cum laude from Salem State University with a degree in History in 1996.

Laura has played a very active role in the City of Salem and North Shore community for many years.  She was a member of the Salem City Council, serving as a Councilor-at-Large for four years, as well as a Commissioner for the Salem Parks and Recreation Commission.  She currently volunteers her time to numerous organizations that include the North Shore Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Essex Heritage Board of Trustees, Essex Tech Program Advisory Counsel and Bishop Fenwick Parents Council.  Laura lives in Salem with her husband and their two daughters.

Noreen Hazelton

Assistant Director

Ms. Hazelton is the Assistant Director of the Enterprise Center at Salem State University. As Assistant Director Ms. Hazelton is responsible for working in close collaboration with Executive Director to set the strategic direction for the Center. She also oversees and manages the Center’s budget, staff, Professional Education Program, communications, and marketing. She joined the Enterprise Center in August 2016 and reports to the Executive Director.

Before coming to the Enterprise Center Ms. Hazelton worked in State and Federal Government for over 30 years and held key positions in the areas of professional development and training, economic development, program management and evaluation, contract management, audits, investigations, and public/business relations. Ms. Hazelton received her B.S.W from Salem State College, M.S.P.A. from the University of Massachusetts, and M.Ed. from Salem State University. She also earned certificates in Management and Government Auditing.

Noreen has volunteered for various charitable organizations, especially those involving the development of children. She lives in Peabody.

Kim Crowley

Finance Manager

Bill Ronan

Facilities Manager and IT Support

Bill plays an indispensable role, overseeing all facility and operations related issues and making certain that everything in the Enterprise Center runs smoothly and seamlessly. As testimony to Bill’s skills and flexibility, he also is in charge of all AV & IT Support of Enterprise Center workshops.