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Founder of the Small Business Institute at Francis Marion University

 Dr. Donald E. Kelley was one of the founding professors at Francis Marion University.  Dr. Kelley received his BA , MBA, and Doctorate in Management from the University of South Carolina in Columbia.  In the early 70’s, he developed the Small Business Institute to provide support to local businesses in need. He proceeded to operate the Small Business Institute and teach Business course until his death in 2002.  The Small Business Institute was renamed the Donald E. Kelley Small Business Institute to honor the impact of Dr. Kelley to the local business community and to Francis Marion University.

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