CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Feb. 12, 2009 — Bill Vickery, director of entrepreneurship at the Southeast Innovation Center at Southeast Missouri State University, teamed with Dorothy Browning of the First Step Fund to deliver a national webinar Jan. 13.
More than 55 attendees participated in the session “Working with the Dislocated Worker Population.” Browning is the national curricula manager for the First Step Fund.
Browning invited Vickery to co-present because he uses the First Step FastTrac curricula in delivering entrepreneurial training in this region. Operation Jump-StartTM is the leading user of the FastTrac curricula in the nation.
Browning praised Vickery and his programs saying, “from my vantage point of working with many programs across the country, I can say his program (Jump-Start) is probably the most effective I deal with in terms of outcomes, reach and efficiency.”
Browning added, “I have used him (Vickery) as a role model when talking with other programs.”
Operation Jump-Start has been training individuals to start businesses since 2006. Prior to that, Vickery assisted Operation Bootstrap participants with training from 2003 to 2006. The combined programs have been instrumental in the start-up of 240 businesses and the creation of 384 jobs.
Dennis Roedemeier oversees the Southeast Innovation Center and Operation Jump-Start. He says of Vickery, “we who work with him know the quality of his work. It is rewarding to see him get national recognition for it.”