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Southern Miss NEWS Hattiesburg-College of Business: Assistance Offered to Businesses Hit by Hurricane Katrina

Date    11-7-05
Contact Jana Bryant (601) 266-5854


HATTIESBURG – For small- and medium-sized businesses whose facilities were destroyed or badly damaged by Hurricane Katrina, the College of Business at the University of Southern Mississippi is offering free consulting services to help businesses resume or expand operations using the Internet.

Dr. Chang-Tseh Hsieh, professor of management information systems, is spearheading the effort that will offer businesses the following:

* help in assessing the feasibility of expanding operations to the Internet;
* technical assistance in setting up a Web store;
* help with using Web-based infrastructures to reconnect with existing customers and suppliers;
* training skills necessary for running and managing a business on the Internet; and
* assistance dealing with issues related to security and government compliance.

“Many owners may be facing financial problems, and we may be able to help them get their online operations up and running in a very short period of time,” said Hsieh, who has extensive experience in database management and Internet commerce.

Other professors involved in the project are Dr. Farhang Niroomand, associate dean and professor of economics, and Dr. Linghui Tang, assistant professor of international business. Both Niroomand and Tang are involved with the Information Technology for International Business incubator as project director and project manager, respectively.

For more information or to apply, contact the College of Business at (601) 266-4659.

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