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Center for Entrepreneurship

Vision

The Francis Marion University Center for Entrepreneurship will be the focal point for entrepreneurial activity for the state of South Carolina.

The Center’s mission is to lead the state’s advancement of entrepreneurial practice and education through the development of outreach initiatives, teaching and research that inspire innovative thinking and cultivate entrepreneurial leadership.

The Vision for the Center is to foster and promote new business opportunities, advancing the teaching, study and practice of entrepreneurship and new creation.

The Center

The Center offers graduate and undergraduate courses taught by the best faculty in the School of Business and by outside professionals working in a wide range of entrepreneurial areas. Through its entrepreneurship curriculum, internships, mentoring, incubation and creation of new ventures, the Center contributes to South Carolina’s economy by providing an environment and resources that enable people to create new businesses or improve existing ones.

The Center will:

  • Provide Expertise in diverse academic disciplines to various stakeholders around the state that may need business consulting services.
  • Conduct research that will have a positive impact on economic development in the local, regional, and state economies.
  • Procure grant funding to support entrepreneurship and economic development projects.
  • Foster new venture creation through interdisciplinary collaboration in science, engineering and the arts.
  • Train South Carolina school teachers and students in opportunity recognition and business plan development.
  • Create new enterprises, whether for profit or non-for-profit, that are viable and sustainable.
Director

Dr. Susan D. Peters
Director, Center for Entrepreneurship
843.661.1102
speters@fmarion.edu

Manager

Brianna Zhang
Manager, Kelley Small Business Institute
843.661.1112
bzhang@fmarion.edu

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