Southeast’s Center for Entrepreneurial Studies Receives WIRED Grant

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Sept. 2, 2008 – Southeast Missouri State University’s Center for Entrepreneurial Studies has received a $25,000 grant from Southeast Missouri WIRED.

The grant will support Missouri REAL Entrepreneurship, a program striving to develop entrepreneurial talent through action learning in an effort to foster the creation of innovative and sustainable enterprises throughout Missouri. Missouri REAL provides high quality entrepreneurship curriculum, professional development and support services to secondary and postsecondary students and teachers to help the Missouri economy grow through hands-on entrepreneurship education that prepares active, self-sufficient and productive citizens to contribute to their communities’ social and economic development.

One of the primary goals of Missouri REAL is promoting and institutionalizing entrepreneurship as a critical and effective economic strategy, said Dr. James Stapleton, director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies.

“Creating a pipeline of entrepreneurs, along with building a seamless support system of entrepreneurship development, is essential to entrepreneurship in Missouri,” Stapleton said. “We look forward to partnering with WIRED to promote regional economic development in southeast Missouri by accelerating entrepreneurship through Missouri REAL Entrepreneurship.”

Southeast Missouri WIRED is a Department of Labor initiative funneled through the Workforce Investment Board, which is focused on building regional and community partnerships to promote economic health by strategically increasing the skills of the region’s students and workers.  Encouraging the entrepreneurial spirit and innovation is a key component of WIRED’s overall mission of promoting economic and workforce development on a regional scale.

About the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies

The Center for Entrepreneurial Studies directs a diverse number of entrepreneurship education programs to business and non-business students across campus, including an undergraduate entrepreneurship minor that compliments any major, an entrepreneurship option within the business administration major, an interdisciplinary University Studies course and an option in entrepreneurship within the nationally acclaimed master of business administration degree. The Center also supports a number of co-curricular initiatives that inspire kindergarten through eighth grade, secondary and postsecondary students to think innovatively and adapt an entrepreneurial mindset. Combined with the community-based programs provided at Southeast’s Innovation Center, Southeast Missouri State University provides the most comprehensive entrepreneurship education and training programs in Missouri.