September 22-23, 2014
at Isle Casino Cape Girardeau

Attendees learned from local and regional leaders through a round table discussion, breakout sessions, and speakers Dr. James Stapleton (Executive Director at the Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship) and Don Macke (Director of Entrepreneurial Communities at the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship). Attendees also got the opportunity to network with other entrepreneurs, economic development practitioners, and exhibitors.

Conference Agenda (click links for speaker presentations)
September 22, 2014
2:00-4:00 pm USDA Rural Funding Opportunities
2:00-4:00 pm Operation JumpStart Online Affiliate Training
6:00-8:00 pm Reception-Isle Casino
September 23, 2014
8:30-8:35 am Welcome & Introductions
8:45-9:30 am Entrepreneurship Ecosystem
9:30-10:15 am Entrepreneurship in Rural America
10:15-10:30 am Break
10:30-11:45 am Entrepreneurship Round Table
12:00-1:00 pm Lunch
1:00-1:50 pm Tract 1
Regional Entrepreneurship Strategies
Access to Capital
Operation JumpStart Online
2:00-2:50 pm Tract 2
Minority and Women-Owned Businesses
Three Critical Stages of Branding and Why It Matters To Your Customers
Kauffman Foundation - FastTrac
3:00-3:50 pm Tract 3
Missouri Source Link
Small Business Administration Programs and Small Business Technology Development Centers
Codefi /
3:50-4:00 pm Wrap up & Closing


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Economic and Business Engagement Center
One University Plaza, MS 0130
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701