Southeast Official Gives Presentation on Creating Jobs through Entrepreneurial Development

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Bill Vickery, director of the Small Business Development Center, made a presentation focusing on an entrepreneurial training program being delivered throughout the University’s service area for the past five years.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Jan. 24, 2007 – A Southeast Missouri State University official made a presentation on “Creating Jobs through Entrepreneurial Development” Jan. 18 at the Delta Leadership Institute in New Orleans.

Bill Vickery, director of the Small Business Development Center and director of entrepreneurship and training with the Innovation Center, both at Southeast Missouri State University, made the presentation, focusing on an entrepreneurial training program being delivered throughout the University’s service area for the past five years.

This program, which has gained statewide recognition, has been responsible for the creation of more than 120 new businesses throughout the region, Vickery said.

“The overall premise of this program was to examine the possibility of business ownership as an alternative to conventional employment and has proven to be a viable option for some individuals,” he said. The Delta Leadership Institute is sponsored by the Delta Regional Authority and a partnership with the University of Alabama.  This Institute is made up of representatives from the Delta Regional Authority service area encompassing eight states and more than 240 counties and parishes. Their mission is to explore and implement programs to improve areas of high poverty, high unemployment levels and low educational attainment, and those with a loss of skilled labor and general lack of hope for individuals throughout this region.