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FMU's Donald E. Kelley Small Business Institute seeks to help local businesses

           The Donald E. Kelly Small Business Institute at Francis Marion University is ready to assist small-business owners in the Pee Dee area who are in need of a helping hand in getting started with a business plan.

            Part of FMU’s School of Business since 1972, the charge of the Donald E. Kelley Small Business Institute is to teach and support entrepreneurship and innovation in the academic, business and nonprofit communities, at no cost.

            The institute creates comprehensive business plans for its clients, who can then approach various financial sources with the information required for procuring funding. The business plans are developed by student work teams.

            If a business plan is not needed, the institute can also offer an intern to help with various management functions for five hours per week over the course of a semester through its internship program.

            The Small Business Institute also serves as a clearing house for clients who need specific research, marketing, technology or accounting help, by directing them to other FMU professors who may have class projects to address those specific needs. The institute brings together the teaching and research activities of faculty across several disciplines into a more effective, concentrated initiative with strong ties to the business community.

            An outstanding entrepreneurship curriculum taught by an excellent faculty has earned the academic program its reputation as one of the best in the state.

            Though the institute is responsible for developing business plans and assisting a countless number of local businesses in nine counties, the challenge for it has been getting people to come in and ask for help.

            For more information, call Joe Aniello, director of the Donald E. Kelley Small Business Institute, at 843-661-1112.

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Last Published: February 12, 2008 3:53 PM
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