Spark Series Covers Starting an Online Business

Free event is Tuesday at Jackson Avenue Center

OXFORD, Miss. – The process seems simple: Launch a business online; make money.

Except the process is not that straightforward, and the next Spark Series at the University of Mississippi covers what business owners need to consider before starting their online ventures, including avoiding pitfalls, digitally marketing their businesses smarter and more.

“Questions You Should Ask Before Launching Your Business Online” is set for 5-6:30 p.m. Tuesday (March 20) at the Jackson Avenue Center, Auditorium A.

The free panel discussion is open to the public with no registration necessary. The panel includes Allyson Best, director of the UM Division of Technology Management; Stacey Lantagne, assistant professor of law at the UM School of Law; Neil Olson, former general counsel with mortgage technology company FNC Inc., and startup and tech business consultant; and Jennifer Sadler, UM instructional assistant professor of integrated marketing communications.

The event is intended for any new or existing business, any nonprofit or other organization, or any individual who is interested in a website, app or other digital effort.

“Life online is continuously evolving,” Lantagne said. “It’s important to think about how the law affects the ways you want to use the internet to grow your business. We want to make sure you make the law work for you.”

After the presentation, experts from around campus and the community will be available for individual conversations during an ask-the-expert reception.

The first Spark Series event in late February discussed questions potential business owners need to investigate before forming a limited liability company. The event was well-attended by new businesses and existing ones, and by members of the UM campus and the local community, Best said.

“Now we are going to spark a discussion on another critical point: doing business online,” Best said.

A number of issues should be considered when doing business online, such as contractual and intellectual property considerations, work-for-hire issues when designing a website or app, and security requirements for protecting a business.

“Copyright is as old as our Constitution, yet it still seems to have surprises in store for new entrepreneurs,” Olson said. “Let us show you how you can avoid some of the more unpleasant surprises so you can get on with making your new online presence a success.”

Tuesday’s discussion also includes Sadler, an expert in digital marketing and entrepreneurship.

Digital marketing starts and ends with the consumer, and in an era of big data, business owners can target their exact audience and reach them as they browse online, Sadler said. Some keys to doing this are researching the consumer, understanding their online behavior and providing an easy way to solve any problems they may have.

User-friendly websites and audience-tailored advertisements also help business owners when it comes to digital marketing, but making money online is still hard work.

“Many entrepreneurs believe that once the website or app is up that orders will immediately start coming in – instant success,” Sadler said. “The truth is that it rarely happens that way. It can take a new business roughly six to nine months to reach the top of Google search pages, and that’s only if you have the right website to reach your audience.

“We want to give attendees the tools they need to start strong and grow fast. From forming the business/website name to getting it online, we are aiming to equip entrepreneurs with information they can use today.”

The Spark Series – intended to inspire, discover and transform – will continue in the fall.

Sponsors of this Spark Series event include the Division of Technology Management, School of Law, Insight Park, Meek School of Journalism and New Media, Mississippi Law Research Institute, Oxford-Lafayette County Economic Development Foundation, McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement, Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and the Mid-South Intellectual Property Institute.

UM to Host Discussion Aimed at Business Beginners

Spark Series is intended to inspire, discover and transform

OXFORD, Miss. – Business experts from the University of Mississippi and the local community will lead a Wednesday (Feb. 28) discussion about questions potential business owners need to investigate before forming a limited liability company.

Part of the Spark Series, the panel discussion is titled “Questions You Should Ask Before You Begin Your Business.” The event, set for 4 p.m. in the Jackson Avenue Center, Auditorium A, is free and open to the public with no registration necessary.

The panel includes Marie Saliba Cope, UM assistant dean for student affairs, assistant clinical professor at the UM School of Law and director of the Transactional Clinic; Neil Olson, former general counsel with mortgage technology company FNC Inc., and startup and tech business consultant; Will Wilkins, director of the Mississippi Law Research Institute; and Allyson Best, director of the UM Division of Technology Management.

Following the presentation, the panel will be available for individual conversations during an ask-the-expert reception.

“The local community is fortunate to have so many resources for entrepreneurs and technology commercialization efforts, but if you’re new to this world, it can be a little daunting,” Best said. “We have noticed there are critical points in the process where it’s valuable to stop and consider your options. This series is intended to spark those conversations.”

The event will attempt to answer a number of questions and cover scenarios aspiring owners should investigate before proceeding. Topics for the Wednesday panel include ownership rights and control, independent contractors vs. employees, intellectual property ownership, investor funding and tax issues.

Allyson Best

“(This event) has been created to educate entrepreneurs about legal issues,” Cope said. “For our first event, our hope is that attendees will begin to address the issues that arise when one begins a business.

“We have found that people begin working and jump into business relationships without defining the ownership interest or roles that the members or partners will hold. Our goal is to assist people in planning before they start so that they can avoid conflicts that may arise from misunderstandings.”

Another Spark Series event is scheduled for March, time and place to be announced. The event will focus on e-commerce, with topics including legal considerations, digital marketing and more.

The Spark Series – intended to inspire, discover and transform – is not intended to be a typical training session, Best said. And Wednesday’s event is important for anyone interested in forming a business entity, even if they have already filed with the Mississippi Secretary of State.

Sponsors of the Spark Series include the Division of Technology Management, School of Law, the Mississippi Law Research Institute, Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Insight Park, the Oxford-Lafayette County Economic Development Foundation and the Mid-South Intellectual Property Institute.

UM, General Atomics to Collaborate on Unmanned Submarine Technology

Company moving into Insight Park offices and labs Nov. 1

The University of Mississippi and General Atomics are working together to develop new technology for unmanned underwater vehicles. The joint effort is based at UM’s Insight Park. Photo by Nathan Latil/Ole Miss Communications

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi and General Atomics are beginning an on-campus collaborative effort focusing on acoustic sensing and navigation technologies for unmanned underwater vehicles to aid Department of Defense operations in deep-sea areas.

GA Electromagnetic Systems Group will occupy offices on the UM campus at Insight Park beginning Nov. 1. The Insight Park facility will help GA-EMS strengthen the relationship established with UM and its National Center for Physical Acoustics to facilitate the investigation of acoustic-based techniques for navigation and control of unmanned underwater systems.

The collaboration ultimately will likely involve not just the NCPA, but other campus groups as well, said Josh Gladden, UM interim vice chancellor for research and sponsored programs.

“We are so pleased to have General Atomics plug into the university community through Insight Park,” Gladden said. “Over the course of the past year, we have identified multiple research groups on campus that could partner with GA-EMS to help find solutions for modern needs of the Department of Defense.

“I’m sure as our partnership continues to strengthen, both GA and UM will find this a mutually beneficial relationship.”

GA-EMS has a history of collaboration with universities to advance acoustic and infrasound technologies. This partnership is a natural one, said William Nicholas, Insight Park’s assistant director.

“Our location provides GA-EMS with close proximity to the National Center for Physical Acoustics and other key schools, colleges and centers at the University of Mississippi,” Nicholas said. “We are especially excited to provide our students with opportunities to intern with such an innovative company.”

Officials with the company look forward to being on-site at UM to continue researching and developing critical technologies designed for real-world applications, said Hank Rinehart, business lead for surveillance and sensor systems at GA-EMS.

“The broad spectrum of talent at Ole Miss and the focus on engineering disciplines is a great match for GA-EMS,” Rinehart said. “We are excited to work with students and faculty in an environment that not only advances game-changing technologies, but also fosters community growth and entrepreneurship.”

GA-EMS will initially occupy approximately 1,800 square feet of office space and laboratory for general electronic and mechanical systems and subsystems development, testing and prototyping. It is expected to expand operations to 3,500 square feet within the first half of 2018.

The company also has extensive manufacturing facilities in Tupelo and Iuka.

About General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems

General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems Group is a global leader in the research, design and manufacture of first-of-a-kind electromagnetic and electric power generation systems. GA-EMS’ history of research, development and technology innovation has led to an expanding portfolio of specialized products and integrated system solutions supporting aviation, space systems and satellites, missile defense, power and energy, and processing and monitoring applications for critical defense, industrial and commercial customers worldwide.

University, ERDC Officials Discuss Partnership Opportunities

UM aims to increase collaborations with agency on several research projects

UM Vice Chancellor for Research Josh Gladden (far right) chats with (from left) ERDC Deputy Director David Pittman, NCPA Director Craig Hickey and ERDC Director James Holland during a visit Feb. 9 to the National Center for Physical Acoustics. Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Communications

OXFORD, Miss. – Several University of Mississippi administrators met with two top representatives from the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center who visited campus Thursday (Feb. 9) to discuss strengthening mutually beneficial collaborations.

ERDC Director Jeff Holland and Deputy Director David Pittman visited Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter; Alex Cheng, dean of the School of Engineering; and Craig Hickey, interim director of the National Center for Physical Acoustics, to talk about funding opportunities and strategies. The ERDC officials also met with William Nicholas, director of the Hub at Insight Park; and Ryan Miller, associate director of the Haley Barbour Center for Manufacturing Excellence.

“We’ve had a wonderful relationship with the University of Mississippi for many years,” Holland said. “While it’s important that researchers at both ERDC and the university collaborate with each other, it’s also important that senior administrators at both places do the same. I believe we absolutely accomplished that objective today.”

Both Cheng and Hickey touted the value of the visit.

“In terms of engineering research, EDRC is one of the strongest assets in the state of Mississippi,” Cheng said. “The School of Engineering looks forward to educating students for high-tech careers who, hopefully, will seek and find employment at ERDC, thereby boosting the state’s economic growth.”

“As primarily a research organization on campus, NCPA and ERDC have multiple common research areas of interests,” Hickey said. “I can foresee scientists at both facilities continuing to communicate and increasing collaboration.”

Before Thursday’s meetings, UM and ERDC officials conducted visits, tours and calls at both sites. They agreed that the resilience of earthen dams and levees is a topic with mutual interest and capabilities that meets a national need.

Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter (left) enjoys conversations with (from left) ERDC Director James Holland and Deputy Director David Pittman during a visit to the Lyceum. Photo by Thomas Graning/Ole Miss Communications

“Over the past several years, UM and ERDC have put more energy into exploring collaborations, and we are excited about new opportunities that are emerging,” said Josh Gladden, interim vice chancellor for research and sponsored programs.

Last fall, the university signed an Educational Partnership Agreement and joined the ERDC Graduate Institute. The move allows both Ole Miss and ERDC to host coursework, pursue internships and engage in other activities.

The university and ERDC have shared interest and expertise in infrasound and earthen dam and levee monitoring and assessment, Gladden said.

“There are immediate opportunities in these fields for us to pursue together,” he said. “Other areas of potential collaboration are acoustic monitoring techniques for fish ecology, sediment transport, blast- resistant materials and general disaster resilience. As our relationship strengthens, it is likely this list will expand.

“Dr. Holland and I are on the same page about the need to foster higher-tech businesses in the state. They have looked at the business ecosystems around other large government research facilities which have vibrant small high-tech startups as potential models for ERDC and Vicksburg.”

Pittman and Miller said the agency’s partnership with the university will result in continued successful outcomes.

“We’ve had a wonderful association with the University of Mississippi for many decades,” Pittman said. “With new leaders coming into place, we look forward to our relationship becoming even stronger.”

“Having Drs. Holland and Pittman on campus was a great honor and a testament to the relationship we have with them and want to continue developing,” Miller said. “They had a great tour of the CME and discussed how manufacturing education here might play into research that ERDC is doing.”

UM is included in the elite group of R1: Doctoral Universities – Highest Research Activity by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, the definitive list of the nation’s top doctoral research universities. The group, which includes Harvard, MIT and Johns Hopkins, represents 2.5 percent of institutions of higher education in the U.S.

UM Volunteers Working at Career Expo in Tupelo

Three-day event designed to help junior high school students focus on opportunities

UM Field Station Director Scott Knight (center) shares with 8th grade students during the Career Expo. (Submitted photo by William Nicholas)

UM Field Station Director Scott Knight (center) shares with eighth-grade students during the Career Expo. Submitted photo by William Nicholas

OXFORD, Miss. – More than 60 University of Mississippi staff and students are working to get area eighth-graders thinking about their future at the Imagine the Possibilities Career Expo this week.

The event began today (Oct. 4) and ends Thursday (Oct. 6) at the BancorpSouth Arena in Tupelo.

With the Toyota Wellspring Education Fund at CREATE Foundation as its lead sponsor, the three-day expo is designed to make eighth-graders aware of opportunities available after graduation. Some 7,000 students from more than 70 schools, including Oxford and Lafayette County schools, are expected.

“Our primary responsibility will be to manage UM’s various exhibits and engage with the students,” said William Nicholas, director of economic development at UM’s Insight Park and one of the organizers. “However, there will be ample opportunity to contribute in a number of ways. They need volunteers to check-in students, manage parking, distribute packets, distribute water, door greeters and so forth.”

Other UM organizers for expo are Ellen Shelton, director of pre-college programs in the Division of Outreach and Continuing Education; John Holleman, director of graduate studies in the School of Education; and Allyson Best, associate director for technology management in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.

Other UM divisions participating include the Haley Barbour Center for Manufacturing Excellence, the Center for Mathematics and Science Education, the UM Field Station, the Center for Intelligence and Security Studies and the university’s Tupelo regional campus.

“The CREATE Foundation was created to support an improved quality of life for people residing in 17 counties in northeast Mississippi, including Lafayette County,” Nicholas said. “CREATE does a number of things to fulfill their mission, and this expo is one of them. Dr. Alice Clark, vice chancellor for university relations, serves on the board.

Amanda Pham (forefront) of UM's Center for Mathematics and Science Education gave a robotics demonstration during the Expo. (Submitted photo by William Nicholas)

Amanda Pham (forefront) of UM’s Center for Mathematics and Science Education gave a robotics demonstration during the Expo. (Submitted photo by William Nicholas)

“UM is participating in the expo because we share in CREATE’s passion to connect with eighth-grade students and help them understand career opportunities available after graduation.”

Other Ole Miss organizers affirmed Nicholas’ observation.

“We want the participants to know that their experiences with UM can begin with summer programs for junior high and high school students,” Shelton said.

“The opportunity for eighth-grade students to connect with a wide variety of career functions represented at the career expo truly allows them to begin thinking about the world of work,” Holleman said.

The Imagine the Possibilities expo features activities connected to 18 career pathways: aerospace; agriculture, food and natural resources; architecture and construction; arts, A/V technology and communications; business management and administration; education and training; energy; engineering; finance; government and public administration; health science; hospitality and tourism; human services; information technology; law, public safety, corrections and security; manufacturing; marketing; and transportation, distribution and logistics.

UM Graduates Selected for Prestigious Business Development Program

Developers of Curtsy dress rental app headed to Silicon Valley to expand venture

Students listed left to right; (back row) Sara Kiparizoska, Manuel Cubillo, William Ault, Eli Allen, Jake Johnson, Mary Margaret Tardy (front row) Clara Agnes Ault, Haley Vassios, Allie Seay

The full Curtsy team listed left to right; (back row) Sara Kiparizoska, Manuel Cubillo, William Ault, Eli Allen, Jake Johnson, Mary Margaret Tardy (front row) Clara Agnes Ault, Haley Vassios, Allie Seay

OXFORD, Miss. – Two University of Mississippi graduates have landed major support from a Silicon Valley business incubator as they work to expand their mobile platform that helps college students rent formalwear to and from fellow students.

Sara Kiparizoska, of Laurel, who graduated earlier this month with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry, and William Ault, a 2015 graduate in computer science from Charlotte, North Carolina, created an app called Curtsy that helps university students rent their formalwear or other clothes.

Curtsy is among 100 startups chosen for a summer program at the Y Combinator, one of the country’s best-known and successful business incubators and accelerators. Companies such as Dropbox and Airbnb have their roots there. This is the first time a Mississippi company has been chosen by the investment group.

“We are thrilled to be accepted and now will be moving to California,” Ault said. “Y Combinator has the most successful model in starting high-impact, high-growth companies. We are excited for the opportunity to refine our product and grow as fast as possible.”

Y Combinator will provide seed funding of $120,000 in exchange for 7 percent equity in each startup company that satisfactorily completes the three-month program.

Ault, Kiparizoska and their team are moving to California for the summer to immerse themselves in the entrepreneurial and technological culture of Silicon Valley. They’ll exchange ideas and experiences with similar companies, learn all they can and work to build Curtsy into the premier platform in their market.

Eli Allen,David Oates and William Ault

Eli Allen,David Oates and William Ault

Curtsy’s story began in early 2015, when Kiparizoska was going to a formal social event but found herself without a dress that matched the occasion. She’d previously borrowed dresses from friends but this time couldn’t find one she liked.

“I thought, ‘Wow, I wish there was a way to see everyone’s closets in Oxford,'” Kiparizoska said.

She initially thought she would create a website, but when she mentioned the idea to Ault, her roommate’s brother, he had an idea that would make the platform more accessible.

“William, being the entrepreneurial mind that he is, said, ‘Everyone has their phone with them all the time. Let’s make an app instead,'” she said.

Curtsy iOS LLC was born.

The business got off the ground at Insight Park, the university’s research park, where Ault had interned, working with other student-led startups in the facility’s incubator. He knew Insight Park could provide the resources and entrepreneurial atmosphere to help their young company grow.

By honing their idea through the university’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship student competitions and receiving seed money from the Rebel Venture Capital Fund, Ault and Kiparizoska put together a team and successfully launched Curtsy in January 2016.

The app is widely used in the Oxford area. Some 3,100 people have signed up for it and 2,100 dresses have been posted, generating 300 rentals in the last 100 days.

Expansion has already begun to the Southeastern Conference towns of Starkville; Athens, Georgia; Tuscaloosa, Alabama; and Columbia, South Carolina. Plans call for Curtsy to expand to the rest of the SEC this summer.

With the app’s increasing popularity and user base, the developers knew they were ready to take the next step. They applied to Y Combinator, knowing that Curtsy’s application was far from a sure thing. Of roughly 6,000 applicants, only 100 startups were chosen for the summer program.

Although the company is moving and Ault is excited about the program and opportunities for guidance under Y Combinator, Curtsy’s roots are at Ole Miss, he said.

“We went from students with an idea to a company raising venture capital from large firms in California,” Ault said. “We’re two years into our overnight success. There were plenty of points when we could’ve turned away, but we’ve poured our lives into this project, and the hard work is just starting.”

University and Insight Park officials are confident of the group’s success.

“William and Sara are outstanding entrepreneurs,” said William Nicholas, UM director of economic development and Insight Park. “Both of them are very bright and high achievers, but they are also quick to seek and accept advice when necessary. They demonstrate many of the key characteristics of successful entrepreneurs, and I am confident they will be very successful.”

After the summer program concludes, Kiparizoska plans to continue working with the team this fall while attending medical school at the UM Medical Center in Jackson.

UM Efforts Recognized in TVA Community Sustainability Program

Announcement scheduled for Jan. 28 at Insight Park

Insight Park

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi’s combined sustainability efforts are being recognized as Oxford-Lafayette County is designated a Tennessee Valley Authority Valley Sustainable Gold Community.

“The Office of Sustainability was thrilled to make the solid connection between sustainability and economic development and demonstrate that the two are mutually beneficial,” said Anne McCauley, assistant director of UM’s Office of Sustainability. “It allows us to reach a whole new audience and groups of people who are also working to strengthen communities.”

A program officially announcing the award is set for 10 a.m. Tuesday (Jan. 28) at the Innovation Hub at Insight Park. Ian Banner, director of UM Office of Sustainability, university architect and facilities planning director, will welcome visitors to the event on behalf of the university. Other scheduled appearances include Janice Antonow, Oxford alderman; Jon Maynard, president and CEO of the L-O-U Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Foundation; former Oxford Mayor Richard Howorth; and John Bradley, TVA senior vice president of economic development.

“For our recently established Innovation Hub and Insight Park, the designation is a key marketing advantage,” said Richard Duke, Insight Park executive director. “Being located in a mixed-use, sustainable environment is key to attracting the knowledge-based companies we are targeting and recruiting with help from partners, like TVA Economic Development.”

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Young Business Owner Thrives at Insight Park

Ole Miss alumnus takes fast track to launch to own health care product business, go international

Jonathan Scala.  Photo by Kevin Bain/Ole Miss Communications

Jonathan Scala. Photo by Kevin Bain/Ole Miss Communications

OXFORD, Miss. – Walking the halls at the University of Mississippi’s Insight Park, one might glimpse a lean young man dressed in Ole Miss tennis gear and mistake him for an MBA intern. But Jonathan Scala is nobody’s intern – he’s the unassuming president and CEO of JS Health Partners.

And he might be dressed casually because he’s headed out to Dubai to discuss expanding his business globally.

A native of San Diego, Scala went to high school in Oxford and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accountancy at Ole Miss. He became a licensed CPA in Tennessee and, after working in public accounting only six months, became a vice president of finance for a commodity trading and distribution firm. Two years later, in 2009, he started JS Health Partners.Read the story …

Play Therapy Institute Prepares for Future Growth

Move to Insight Park grows institute's child advocacy, education missions

OXFORD, Miss. – Nearly a year-and-a-half after opening its doors, the Child Advocacy and Play Therapy Institute at the University of Mississippi has moved to a new facility, allowing the institute to significantly increase the number of children it can reach with play therapy services each week.

CAPTI’s move from Guyton Hall to the university’s new Insight Park grows the center from two playrooms to four and increases its capacity for play therapy sessions to as many as 120 per week. Each week, the institute’s counselors and graduate students help more than 50 children experiencing emotional distress and trauma.

“Play therapy is a way for children to talk about the issues they’re experiencing,” said CAPTI director Marilyn Snow, who also serves as chair of the board of directors of the Association for Play Therapy, or APT, the governing body for play therapists in the United States. “Children are not as verbal as adults, but when you bring them into a playroom, you give them the opportunity to play out what they’re experiencing and help them.”

An APT-approved center for play therapy education since October 2011, CAPTI maintains a no-turn-away policy for all children and their families and offers its services on an income-based scale and can accept health insurance. Some parents pay little or nothing for sessions and clients travel from far away as east Arkansas and east Tennessee.

In the past year, the institute has set milestones in the growing mental health field, including offering the nation’s first degree in play therapy. Last summer, CAPTI unveiled an online Specialist in Education degree for licensed mental health professionals. The program’s first cohort of nine working clinicians comes from around the country and is expected to graduate in August 2013. All should qualify to become registered play therapists by the APT upon graduation.

“In private practice, issues constantly came up that I couldn’t have imagined,” explained CAPTI counselor Kathryn O’Neil, who is also a member of the specialist degree’s charter class. “I wanted to make sure I had the education to serve children best, for instance, I’d never taken a class on play therapy with autism. CAPTI has given me the chance to do just that.”

O’Neil was a counselor in Mandeville, La., before coming to Ole Miss in January 2012 to work with CAPTI. Although she was already a registered play therapist, she said the CAPTI curriculum was an attractive way to diversify her education while working to help children. O’Neil and eight other licensed mental health professionals in the cohort have a chance to collaborate online to address specific issues ranging from clinical practice to ethics and law.

“I think the thing that helps the most is that we study video of actual play therapy cases,” she explained. “We’re all licensed clinicians; we can all watch, analyze and communicate about different issues as we learn and relate it back to our own cases.”

Snow, along with CAPTI counselors and graduate students specializing in play therapy, have also made strides in therapeutic uses of technology by incorporating iPad and tablet technology into play therapy this year. For children who feel too old for toys, the iPad can be a new avenue for play therapy.

In a recent article in APT’s journal Play Therapy, CAPTI staff found that for some children, the use of iPad technology can create a less-threatening environment in counseling.

“For me, I found it helpful when dealing with a client with autism,” said CAPTI counselor Lacy Crumrine, who is writing a dissertation on play therapy and autism. “He was 15 but developmentally about 6. Allowing him to play a game on the iPad opened him up and made him feel more comfortable with me. After that, he became much more interested in the rest of the playroom.”

With its new space, the institute is also strengthening its mission to advocate for the rights of children in the legal system. The institute offers expert witness consultation services for attorneys around the country in cases involving children, including child abuse, child testimony, guardian at litem and more. Snow hopes to develop new services to advocate for the rights of children.

“Right now, we receive calls from multiple attorneys each week,” Snow explained. “We hope to open a whole new arm of the institute dealing with custody in divorce mitigations to advocate for what’s best for children. I think this next step will mean huge growth for everything we do here. We will help more children.”

Executive-in-Residence Shares Knowledge with Entrepreneurs, Ole Miss Students

In-house expert offers connections to resources and solutions to a wide range of questions.

OXFORD, Miss. – Starting your own company requires resourcefulness, creativity, a competitive spirit and plenty of commitment. It’s much like caring for a baby, says Elizabeth Randall, president of Randall Commercial Group and the new executive-in-residence at Insight Park.


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