Rural Entrepreneurship Forum

The third annual Rural Entrepreneurship Forum will take place on July 20-21, 2017 in Greenwood, MS. A 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 at no cost to participants thanks to a generous financial gift from the Robert M. Hearin Support Foundation and other sponsors.  

A list of hotels and restaurants may be found here.  

The full schedule of speakers will be available soon. For more information please contact Dr. J.R. Love, CEED Project Manager, at


  • Please submit your information to assist in the registration process.


The Mississippi Small Business Development Center (MSBDC) will host a pre-forum workshop on small business setup at The Alluvian on July 20th at 2:00 pm.  Please email Ms. 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. Ms. Angela Curry (Greenwood-Leflore-Carroll Economic Development Foundation), Mr. Joe Donovan (MDA-The Entrepreneur Center), and Dr. Albert Nylander (Director of the McLean Institute) will kick off the forum on July 20th at 4:30 pm the Delta room at The Alluvian. Mr. Tony Jeff (Innovate Mississippi) and Mr. Phil Hardwick (Millsaps College) will speak during the lunch session on July 20th.