CIE Announces National Entrepreneurship Week Activities


cie2CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Feb. 16, 2012 — The Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) will mark National Entrepreneurship Week, Feb. 18-25, with a variety of activities for students, businesses and civic leaders. National Entrepreneurship Week celebrates the heritage of entrepreneurial leadership in America and encourages support for the growth of entrepreneurship education as a life-long learning process. Students at Southeast Missouri State University and members of the Southeast community are invited to participate.

Wednesday, Feb. 22 Keynote Address by Dr. Jerry Caulder, managing director of Finistere Ventures, LLC Noon Glenn Auditorium, Dempster Hall Often referred to as the “father of agricultural biotechnology,” Dr. Jerry Caulder has an unparalleled record of success in the life sciences industry. Caulder has been involved in the formation of many local, state and national biotech industry groups and initiatives; he was also the chairman of what is now “BIO” (the major biotechnology trade association). Caulder is internationally recognized and a frequent speaker at industry forums. Caulder’s keynote presentation on Feb. 22 will be open to students, faculty and the public. Caulder will also be honored as an “Entrepreneur in Residence” for National Entrepreneurship Week. As an Entrepreneur in Residence, Caulder will be making presentations to a number of classes on campus, including selected classes in agriculture, biotechnology and entrepreneurship.

Friday, Feb. 24 Coffee with the Entrepreneurs: John Buckner, owner of the Broadway Esquire Entertainment Group, will be the guest speaker. 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall, River Campus. A native of Farmington, John Buckner is a natural entrepreneur with a long career in the arts community. Having lived and worked in multiple cities including New York, Beverly Hills, Nashville and New Orleans, Buckner has now brought his innovative spirit to Cape Girardeau with a mission to revive the downtown area. Buckner has been investing his time and energy in several projects, including the Esquire Theater, a diner, and an up-scale restaurant. “There is a growing movement of entrepreneurial people generating new ideas and seeking better ways of doing things in all sectors of our economy and society,” said Dr. James Stapleton, executive director of Southeast’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. “National Entrepreneurship Week is an excellent opportunity to celebrate the role of entrepreneurs and to reflect on the impact of entrepreneurship on our national and regional economy.”

Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship 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 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 these activities, please visit the CIE Facebook page:  or the website