Rural Entrepreneurship Forum


The third annual Rural Entrepreneurship Forum will take place on July 20-21, 2017 in Greenwood, MS. As part of the Catalyzing Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (CEED) Initiative at the McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement, the annual forum seeks to bring individuals together to promote Entrepreneurship and Economic Development in Mississippi. The forum is open to participants thanks to a generous financial gift from the Robert M. Hearin Support Foundation to the McLean Institute. Support has also been received from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, UM Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and other sponsors. Special thanks to Lawrence Printing in Greenwood for the creation of the program. 

We invite you to come to Greenwood on July 20 and 21 to join us at the forum! A list of hotels and restaurants may be found here. The Mississippi Small Business Development Center will host a pre-forum workshop on small business setup at The Alluvian on July 20th at 2:00 pm in the Delta room. Please email Camille Walker at to sign up for this workshop.  

The forum registration table will open at 3:00 pm on July 20th at The Alluvian, with light refreshments being served. You will receive a nametag and program at this time. At 4:30 pm, Angela Curry (Greenwood-Leflore-Carroll Economic Development Foundation) and Joe Donovan (MDA-The Entrepreneur Center) will kick off the program in the Delta room. There will be live music from 5:00-7:00 p.m. We encourage all participants to enjoy dinner at a Greenwood restaurant that evening!

On July 21st scheduled speakers include: Chawla PointeMain Street Greenwood, Greenwood Convention and Visitors Bureau, USM – Center for Economic and Entrepreneurship Education, MDCC – Workforce and Business Development, Viking Range, Delta Design Build, Simply Delta Boutique, Wingtopia, By the Bridge Bistro, Fincher’s, Inc., Winery at Williams Landing,  MSU – Stennis Institute, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Delta Streets Academy, Beard + Riser Architects, Delta Strong/Delta Council, Hammons and Associates, University panel of MVSU, DSU, and MDCC, walking tours of downtown Greenwood to include a stop at Staplcotn. Tony Jeff (Innovate Mississippi) and Phil Hardwick (Millsaps College) will speak during the lunch session in the Delta room at The Alluvian. The forum will start at 8:00 am and end at 4:30 pm on July 21. 18 breakout sessions will take place in the Delta room and the Giardina’s room throughout the day. Each session will last fifty minutes. Lunch will be provided.  

For more information on the forum please contact Dr. J.R. Love, CEED Project Manager, at


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