National Small Business Week Comes to Southeast with ‘Dream Big, Start Small’

IRIE_CommonHour croppedCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 22, 2015 – In celebration of National Small Business Week hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the Missouri Innovation Corporation (MIC) at Southeast Missouri State University will host a presentation, “Dream Big, Start Small,”  on Wednesday, May 6.

The presentation is scheduled for noon in Glenn Auditorium of Dempster Hall. The event is open to students and the public and is focused on this year’s theme of “Dream Big, Start Small.”

Every year since 1963, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week to recognize the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. According to the SBA, more than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the United States each year.

“Small businesses are particularly important to Missouri because they employ six out of 10 people,” said MIC Chief Operating Officer Brian Tapp. “Small businesses also create the majority of new jobs in the state. From 2008 to 2013, six out of every 10 new Missouri jobs were created by small businesses with less than 100 employees.”

“Dream Big, Start Small” aims to inform students about the powerful impact of small businesses on the economy and to inspire them to consider working for or starting a small business. Those in attendance will hear from successful entrepreneurs as they share their own small business stories, including RoverTown CTO and Co-Founder Michael Rzeznik. RoverTown, an app-based student discount program founded in 2009, serves more than 2.1 million college students at 100 colleges and universities nationwide and was named the #1 Fastest Growing Startup in St. Louis in 2014.

“The Dream Big, Start Small event is a really exciting opportunity for Southeast students,” said MIC Student Assistant and Student Government Association President Peter Jacobsen. “Oftentimes students only consider big companies for employment out of college because that’s who they’ve heard of. This event will help give us the chance to not only be introduced to some small businesses, but it will give us the chance to learn about the impact of small businesses.”

The MIC will host several other free events open to students and the public during National Small Business Week May 4-8. For more information about these events and other entrepreneur support services, follow the MIC on Facebook at www.facebook.com/iriemic or visit www.semo.edu/irie.

About Missouri Innovation Corporation

The Missouri Innovation Corporation (MIC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering business and community development to create new, high-value jobs and positive economic benefits for Southeast Missouri State University and the region. The MIC facilitates the process of innovation to enhance the regional economy, including the technology transfer and commercialization of innovations derived from research within the University. For more information, visit www.semo.edu/irie/mic.