Brianna L. Dennis

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Brianna L. Dennis

Executive Director
Kelley Center for Economic Development

Florence Office:
University Place, Suite 207
Lake City Office:
The Continuum, Suite 606
Phone: 843-661-1205

Brianna Dennis serves as the Executive Director for the Kelley Center for Economic Development at Francis Marion University. Brianna has worked with a large number of small business to develop strategic and business plans since 2005 – many who have gone on to successfully secure financing or demonstrate measurable growth. She manages Florence and Lake City Business Incubators as well as conduct individual business consultation to incubator sites and community businesses as well as provides small business training workshops. Brianna is also the representative for the Economic Development initiatives and support as related to Francis Marion University.

Brianna is currently a Certified Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) from the National Development Council and Certified in Entrepreneurship Center Management from the International Business Innovation Association in 2018.  She received her BBA in Marketing from FMU in 2003 and her MBA from Francis Marion University in 2007. She has received a state award for Entrepreneurship Teacher of the Year in 2010 by YESCarolina, received the national 2012 Leavey Award for Excellence in Private Enterprise Education by The Freedom’s Foundation, and was named an FMU Leadership Fellow in 2015.


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