Stapleton Delivers Keynote at 23rd Annual Arkansas Small Business Event


by News Bureau on Friday, May. 10, 2013

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., May 3, 2013– Dr. James Stapleton, assistant to the President for Strategic and Entrepreneurial Initiatives and the executive director of the Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Southeast Missouri State University delivered the keynote address at the 23rd Annual Arkansas Small Business Awards Luncheon in Little Rock, Arkansas on May 2,2013.

In his presentation, “Small Business Revolution 2.0,” Dr. Stapleton illustrated to the nearly 300 attendees the expansion of the small business economy in the United States over the last two decades, and he shared a framework of issues and opportunities he feels will drive the next phase of entrepreneurship and small business development.

Dr. Stapleton also discussed his recently published research study on business establishment dynamics where, among many findings, it was established that small businesses employing nine or fewer people have provided more than 91 percent of the net new jobs in the Delta Region during the past 19 years. Stapleton also said the data indicated locally-owned small businesses are more likely “to stick it out during tough times” than many larger businesses not headquartered in the area.

Each year the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce/Associated Industries of Arkansas (AIA) honors the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Small Business Persons of the Year in Arkansas with a luncheon and awards ceremony.

The Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce/AIA is the leading voice for businesses both large and small at the State Capitol and serves as the primary business advocate on all issues affecting Arkansas employers. Their mission is to promote a pro-business, free-enterprise agenda and prevent anti-business legislation, regulations and rules.

The Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) offers a wide array of academic and outreach programs and services, including: innovation development and research; entrepreneurship education, training and mentorship; and business consulting, incubation and development services. The CIE supports Southeast Missouri State University’s strategic priority to accelerate 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 Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the entrepreneurial support services it offers, call (573) 651-2929 or visit