September 17, 2014  

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Southern Miss Center Gives High School Entrepreneurs a Chance to Shine

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Madeline Andrews, a junior at Biloxi High School, captured first place among second-year competitors with her business: "MAC Styles." (University Communications photo by Van Arnold)

The Southern Entrepreneurship Program (SEP) launched its annual series of regional qualifier business plan competitions on March 25-26 at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus. 

Drawing student participation from surrounding high schools, each regional event offers students the opportunity to qualify for the SEP Statewide Business Plan Competition scheduled for April 30. The March 25-26 event included budding entrepreneurs from Mississippi’s southern counties.

Competition judges for the events are business resource experts and financial representatives, representing Innovate Mississippi, U.S. Small Business Administration, Mississippi Development Authority, Mississippi Gulf Coast Small Business Development Center, and Hancock Bank. 

The competitions provide a huge opportunity for innovative students, guided by their teachers, to explore the idea of “being their own boss”, to build a rock-solid business concept, and to have fun in the process.

The Southern Entrepreneurship Program is operated as an educational outreach program within the Center for Economic and Entrepreneurship Education (CEEE) within The University of Southern Mississippi College of Business. SEP competition guidelines and awards information, along with information on other SEP offerings, are available on the program’s website www.theSEP.org.

For further information, contact James Wilcox at james.b.wilcox@usm.edu .