Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Announces Fall Training Dates for Small Businesses


CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Aug. 27, 2010 – Small businesses that could use a boost, those who support entrepreneurship as a way of life or those interested in networking with other entrepreneurs may benefit from several offerings this fall at the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) at Southeast Missouri State University.

The CIE will offer an assortment of quality training programs and networking events this fall designed to help businesses envision the future, lead them to question important factors in starting a new enterprise, and facilitate and encourage entrepreneurial growth.

“I am very pleased with the variety of this series of workshops and the ability to extend the training to a wider audience through the innovative use of technology,” said Dr. James Stapleton, executive director of the CIE.

The business training programs will be delivered in Dexter, Poplar Bluff, Kennett, Portageville, Ste. Genevieve and Cape Girardeau, Mo., and will be distributed to the public via webinars, hands-on computer lab settings, interactive television whereby several communities can participate at once, and face-to-face workshops.

Christy LeGrand, project coordinator for the CIE’s business growth training, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, said, “Our team realizes that running a small business requires a lot of time and even though training is essential in order for businesses to thrive and grow, it is often difficult to fit it into a busy schedule. So we believed it was important to offer training classes for small businesses in a variety of formats and locations so we have a better chance of reaching as many business owners as possible.”

CIE small business workshops planned in the next three months include: “People, Profitability and Promotion;” “Listening to Your Business,” “How to Start a New Business;” “Operation Jump-Start:” “Women Inspiring Entrepreneurship;” and “Technology Series: Website Design and Selling Online.”

To view a full list of the CIE’s September, October and November 2010 trainings and conferences and to register online, visit or call Glenna Ervin at (573) 651-2929.

The CIE 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 advance the region’s economic appeal and strength by accelerating local and regional economic growth and development that improves the quality of lives, communities and businesses in southeast Missouri and the surrounding region.

For more information about the CIE and the entrepreneurial support services it offers, contact (573) 651-2929 or visit