Southeast Entrepreneurship Week Sept. 24 – 28


by News Bureau on Monday, Sep. 16, 2013

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 16, 2013 – The Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) at Southeast Missouri State University will launch Southeast Entrepreneurship Week, Sept. 24 – 28, with a variety of activities throughout the week for students, aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners to connect with other successful entrepreneurs, alumni and mentors.

Southeast Entrepreneurship Week is a celebration of creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship.  “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 the Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and assistant to the president for strategic and entrepreneurial initiatives. “We have accepted the challenge to accelerate creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship across campus and throughout the communities we serve,” Stapleton added. 

Structured events will engage participants in various dimensions of entrepreneurship, including presentations by some of the nation’s top young entrepreneurs with the Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour on Tuesday, Sept. 24. 

On Wednesday, Sept. 25, participants may attend “Street Smart Disciplines” with Mark Mullins or “Creating and Sustaining an Entrepreneurial Arts Career” with Betsy Capes at noon. Charles Stamp Jr. will deliver a keynote on “The Future of Farming” on Thursday, Sept. 26. On Friday morning, Sept. 27, Glenn Campbell will be the special guest for Coffee with Entrepreneurs, discussing his successful “LIDS” operations. Closing out the week, will be the ground breaking of the new Creative Labs and Industries Incubator at 612 Broadway on Saturday, Sept. 28. 

Tuesday, Sept. 24Kickoff Block Party – Noon-1:30 p.m. Outside Dempster Hall Southeast Missouri State University students are invited to help kick off Southeast Entrepreneurship week with food and fun. Extreme Entrepreneurship – 3 p.m. – Public welcome to attend. Glenn Auditorium, Dempster Hall Hear the stories of and learn the secrets behind the success of the world’s top entrepreneurs who are still in their 20s. Learn how you can make your dreams a reality too. Please register at to be entered to win prizes given away at the event.

Wednesday, Sept. 25“Street Smart Disciplines” with Mark Mullins – Noon – Public welcome to attend. Glenn Auditorium, Dempster Hall We welcome successful and distinguished Southeast alumnus, Mark Mullins, who co-authored the book “Street Smart Disciplines of Successful People.” Mark has years of successful corporate executive experience and is a serial entrepreneur with a long history of accomplishments. He is an innovative business builder with more than 30 years of success in startups and corporations. “Creating and Sustaining an Entrepreneurial Arts Career” with Betsy Capes – Noon – Public welcome to attend. Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall, River Campus Since its inception, Capes Coaching has earned its reputation as an industry leader by presenting a radically different way of approaching artistic careers from the inside out, an approach that has benefited thousands of actors, artists and creative professionals who are thriving in their entrepreneurial careers. Founder of Capes Coaching, Betsy Capes has helped more than 3,000 actors, artists, and creative professionals build and sustain their careers in the entertainment industry.Thursday, Sept. 26“The Future of Farming” Keynote by Charles Stamp Jr. – 1:30 p.m. – Public welcome to attend. Glenn Auditorium Charles R. Stamp, Jr. is vice president, Public Affairs Worldwide, at Deere & Company, a position he has held since September 2002. Stamp joined Deere & Company in 1999, as part of the company’s acquisition of InterAg Technologies, Inc., where he was president and chief executive officer. In his current role, Stamp leads a department that manages government and public affairs to provide the company with timely and actionable plans that address issues of risk and opportunities that exist worldwide within key markets and among key audiences. Stamp is a native of Missouri. He received a bachelor’s degree from Southeast Missouri State University and holds the University’s distinguished Alumni Merit Award. He received a Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri School of Law in Columbia in 1974. Friday, Sept. 27Coffee with Entrepreneurs – Special Guest Glenn Campbell – 8:30 a.m. – Public welcome to attend. Dempster Hall Room 126 Connect over coffee and breakfast while networking with successful entrepreneurs as they share their experiences of launching innovative ventures. We welcome local entrepreneur, Glenn Campbell. He and his business partner, Scott Molander, started their business in 1995. They had both served as successful athletic retail store managers and, after identifying baseball-style caps as an undervalued niche in mall retail, decided to open Hat World, Inc. at a shopping mall in Lafayette, Ind. They sold more than 6,000 hats during the 1995 holiday season and opened five more stores in their first full year. After growing to 157 stores in five years, Hat World, Inc. acquired its largest competitor, LIDS, and grew to more than 400 stores.Saturday, Sept. 28Creative Labs Incubator Groundbreaking – 10:30 a.m. – Public welcome to attend. 612 Broadway The Creative Labs Incubator is a new program designed to give creative and artistic students the opportunity to lead or participate in the creation and development of innovative product and service concepts and startup businesses. Please come join us as we break ground on this new innovative learning laboratory.

All Southeast Entrepreneurship Week programs are offered at no charge. Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information about Southeast Entrepreneurship Week, visit The Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship 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 accelerating entrepreneurial growth and development that improves the quality of lives, communities and businesses in southeast Missouri and the southeast region.

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