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Brianna Zhang
FMU’s Zhang recognized for commitment to entrepreneurship education

FLORENCE – Francis Marion University Manager of the Kelley Small Business Institute Brianna Zhang has been named one of the 11 “Best of the Best” Entrepreneurial Teachers for 2009-10 by Youth Entrepreneurship South Carolina (YEScarolina), an organization dedicated to teaching youth the principles of entrepreneurship and free enterprise. 

The award recognizes teachers who showcase their social commitment, creativity and talent in their classrooms. Zhang became a Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) Certified Entrepreneurship Teacher in 2007. Since receiving the certification, she has taught three entrepreneurship classes during the summers of 2008-2010 for middle and high school students in Florence and Marion counties. Zhang also serves on the advisory committee for the entrepreneurship program at the Florence Career Center. 

A native of Timmonsville, Zhang received the B.S. degree in marketing in 2003 and the M.B.A. in 2007 from Francis Marion University. 

YEScarolina was created to offer South Carolina educators the opportunity to utilize curriculum designed to help young people from communities statewide build skills and unlock their entrepreneurial creativity. From 2003 to 2009, YEScarolina has trained more than 500 NFTE Certified Entrepreneurship Teachers that have in turn touched thousands of young South Carolinians with this wonderful and innovative entrepreneurship curriculum. 

For more information about the entrepreneurship training program or SBI, visit or contact Zhang at (843) 661-1112,


FMU’s Donald E. Kelley Small Business Institute

In addition to supporting students who are on the entrepreneurial track, the Donald E. Kelley Small Business Institute (SBI) assists small-business owners in the Pee Dee area who are in need of a helping hand to start a business plan. Part of FMU’s School of Business since 1972, the charge of SBI is to teach and support entrepreneurship and innovation in the academic, business and nonprofit communities.    


Last Published: November 5, 2010 8:46 AM
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