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Southeast plans several events for Global Entrepreneurship Week
An annual celebration of entrepreneurship at Southeast Missouri State University has grown each year to include students in various areas of study as well as the community.
Events for Global Entrepreneurship Week begin Friday. This is the fourth year the university has observed the week, which is celebrated around the world and began in Kansas City, Mo., with the Kaufman Foundation.
"Southeast is actually the largest sponsor of multiple activities for Global Entrepreneurship Week in the state of Missouri," said Sandra Cabot, assistant director for outreach at the university's Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The center plans and sponsors the week's events.
Cabot said the events started primarily with students in the Harrison College of Business, but now there are activities and contests that reach out to the entire campus and the general public.
Examples of that outreach are the Fault Line Film Festival, which asks students from any area of study to submit short films for a competition, as well as various presentations throughout the week that are open for public attendance and designed to draw aspiring entrepreneurs to connect with those knowledgeable in business.
Tim Arbeiter, vice president of community development with the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce, said the center does exactly what it says it will.
"The events raise the awareness of entrepreneurism, generating some diverse perspectives of people who have been through entrepreneurism and providing a venue to celebrate the success stories," he said.
For the chamber, Arbeiter said, the result is an opportunity for them to find people in the region with an idea or vision that could eventually become a business.
"The events are a diverse portfolio for people who want to become educated about what it takes to be an entrepreneur. A lot of it is just having that persistence and that drive to keep it going," he said.
Events planned are:
* The WIN! Women Inspiring eNtrepreneurship conference will be held Friday and Saturday at Dempster Hall. The event's purpose is to connect Southeast Missouri women with interests in business during a workshop and presentations successful women entrepreneurs. Information on registration is available by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
* A keynote address from of Scrubs & Beyond CEO and Southeast alumna Karla Bakersmith and kickoff ceremony will be held Monday at Dempster Hall. Bakersmith's appearance is also part of the university's annual speaker series, as is the appearance by author Clinton L. Taulbert, a Pulitzer Prize nominee, on Wednesday, also at Dempster Hall.
* The Fault Line Film Festival, a short film competition for students, will be held Wednesday at the River Campus, along with a presentation by special guest Steven Poster, the cinematographer for the films "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" and "Donnie Darko."
* A panel of entrepreneurs including Glenn Campbell with the Lids hat store chain and Chris Buerhle of NARS will give a presentation during the Pathways to Entrepreneurship event Thursday at Dempster Hall.
* Billy Dodson, a Southeast alumnus and adventure photographer, will present his story on his travels around the world and display his work during a reception Friday at Kent Library.
More information on Global Entrepreneurship Week is available online at www.semo.edu/gew.
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