Operation Jumpstart Offers Social Networking Resources to Connect Entrepreneurs

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Aug. 2, 2011 — Operation JumpStart (OJS), a nationally recognized microenterprise development program developed by the Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Southeast Missouri State University, now offers social networking resources to keep entrepreneurs connected beyond the classroom. Graduates of the six-week Operation JumpStart program or other like-minded entrepreneurs will benefit from the shared knowledge, relationships and social media networking opportunities which can be found on the website www.operationjumpstart.biz. New or existing small business owners are invited to join one or all of the available social networking sites. Operation JumpStart’s Facebook page offers entrepreneurs from across the country the opportunity to connect and interact on the Web. Members of the Operation JumpStart Facebook page get the latest news from the Operation JumpStart team, find out what political and economic news is shaping the entrepreneurial landscape and participate in discussions, polls and focus groups dealing with a variety of entrepreneurial topics. Operation JumpStart’s Twitter page offers up-to-date and relevant information regarding microenterprise and small business development. Operation JumpStart also has a special Linked In group for program graduates. Members of the Linked In networking group will have access to exclusive discussion topics facilitated by administrators of the OJS program. In addition to the new social networking services and business planning tools for entrepreneurs, the program website offers rich online resources including helpful links for planners, facilitators and community leaders seeking to encourage new small business start-ups. To find all these resources and more, visit www.operationjumpstart.biz, call (573) 651-5095 or email ojs@semo.edu. Operation JumpStart is a practical, hands-on, microenterprise development program designed to help entrepreneurs test the feasibility of their business ideas and plan to launch new ventures. By accelerating the number of new businesses and helping entrepreneurs succeed, Operation JumpStart contributes to building and sustaining strong, vibrant communities and economies. Operation JumpStart was created in 2006 by the Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Mo. The Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) at Southeast Missouri State University is one of the most comprehensive entrepreneurship-focused university centers in the Midwest, offering a wide array of academic and outreach programs and services, including: innovation development and research; entrepreneurship education, training and mentorship; and business incubation and development services. The CIE supports Southeast Missouri State University’s strategic priority to accelerate economic growth and development that improves the quality of lives, communities and businesses in southeast Missouri and beyond. For more information about the CIE and the entrepreneurial support services it offers, contact (573) 651-2929 or visit www.semo.edu/cie.