Fall Webinar Series Aims to Improve Entrepreneurs’ Businesses

Series hosted by UM McLean Institute and Mississippi Development Authority

OXFORD, Miss. – A series of webinars to help fledgling and seasoned entrepreneurs across Mississippi improve their business profiles is hosted this fall by the University of Mississippi’s McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement and The Entrepreneur Center of the Mississippi Development Authority.

The webinars began Sept. 11 and continue Tuesday (Sept. 25), Oct. 9 and 23, and Nov. 6. On average, the webinars attract more than 70 participants. The Sept. 11 kickoff for the fall series, which focused on brand and social media marketing, hit a webinar series record with an audience of 115.

J.R. Love, project manager of the Catalyzing Entrepreneurship and Economic Development, or CEED, Initiative at the McLean Institute, works with students to create actionable partnerships that promote entrepreneurship and economic development.

“The webinars are a great venue to help share knowledge and best practices on how to start your own business or strengthen your existing business,” Love said. “We are thankful to the Robert M. Hearin Foundation for providing a financial gift to support the CEED initiative in bolstering community and economic development in Oxford and around the state.”

Nash Nunnery, development specialist at Mississippi Development Authority, has partnered with the McLean Institute for the past three years to host the webinar series.

“Both entrepreneurs in Oxford and on the Ole Miss campus, as well as those across Mississippi, can benefit greatly from the information disseminated from the webinars,” Nunnery said. “Our topics range from branding/social media to legal matters to attracting investment for small business.”

The 2018 fall webinar series schedule, with registration links, includes:

Sept. 25 – “Essentials of Advertising,” with Darren Schwindaman, of Creative Distillery – https://bit.ly/2BGWaYR

Oct. 9 – “Legal Matters: IP, Copyright and Patents,” with Jeremy Smith, Bradley Arant – https://bit.ly/2PuoVed

Oct. 23 – “Attracting Investment in Your Business,” with Dean Didato, InnovaMemphis – https://bit.ly/2OZluL8

Nov. 6 – “Business Model Canvas,” with Michael Harris, The Entrepreneur Center – https://bit.ly/2wgUejI

For more information on the webinar series and how to register, visit https://www.mississippi.org/.