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Center seeks to help local economy grow

Sunday, November 6, 2011

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A ribbon cutting on Nov. 1 marked the opening of the Business Service Center at Southeast Missouri State University-Sikeston. Taking part were: Sikeston Mayor Mike Bohannon, First District Commissioner Dennis Ziegenhorn, Sikeston City Council members Mike Conway and Kathy Teachout, Dr. James Stapleton, executive director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship; State Rep. Ellen Brandom, Southeast Missouri State University-Sikeston Director Judy Buck, Sikeston Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Missy Marshall and Dr. Kenneth W. Dobbins, president of Southeast Missouri State University.
SIKESTON - A program designed to stimulate local and regional economic growth and development is now available in Sikeston.

Officials from Southeast Missouri State University were in town Tuesday to promote the opening of the Business Service Center at the University's Sikeston Center. The Center will serve aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners in the area.

Judy Buck, director of the Southeast Missouri State University-Sikeston satellite campus, said the Center will provide business owners and those planning on developing new businesses with a wonderful opportunity. "They will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with trained professionals who will be able to assist them with developing and growing their business," Buck said.

The Business Center, which will be staffed by members of the Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, will seek to stimulate local and economic growth, said Dr. James Stapleton, executive director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and assistant professor of management at Southeast.

"Over the last 30 years, nearly all the net new jobs created in the United States have come from new firms less than five years old," he said. "That's why in 2006 Southeast Missouri State University created an entrepreneurship training program to help communities fight unemployment created by increasing industrial job losses."

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