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Drury to host the first annual Minority Entrepreneurship Conference

For Immediate Release: September 10

Kelley Still
Executive Director, Edwards Jones Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Office: (417) 873-7458

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 10, 2010 — Drury University’s Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (EJC) will host the first annual Minority Entrepreneurship Conference on Saturday, Oct. 9, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Trustee Science Center.

The conference will provide an opportunity for minority entrepreneurs to not only learn basic entrepreneurship skills, but to also hear about contracting with the government and specific funding opportunities as well as network with other entrepreneurs and professionals that can help with their businesses.

“The addition of the Minority Entrepreneurship Conference is a natural fit with our mission both at the Edward Jones Center and Drury at large,” says Dr. Kelley Still, executive director of the EJC.  “Our relationships with the minority community are very important to us and have allowed us to develop meaningful programming for entrepreneurs in the community.”

The conference will highlight these keynote speakers: Alan Green, director of the office of supplier and workforce diversity for the State of Missouri and Lester Woods, external civil rights director for the Missouri Department of Transportation.

Other sessions will include:

  • Minority entrepreneur success stories.
  • Marketing with social media
  • Business plan basics.
  • Understanding financial statements.
  • Working with your banker.
  • Social entrepreneurship through non-profits.
  • Legal Aspects of Your Business

In addition to these sessions, attendees will have the opportunity to visit booths of potential business partners including bankers, accountants, insurance brokers, attorneys and marketing professionals. One-on-one sessions will also be available for those seeking further advice.

The cost of the conference is $50. For more information or to register for the conference, visit


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