Moran Institute plans small business outreach

Published: Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 11:58 AM.


The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship, housed in Florida State University ’s College of Business , has named Mike Campbell director of its North Florida Outreach Initiative.

Campbell, a seasoned entrepreneur and veteran of the financial industry, will be responsible for implementing expanded services aimed at giving small businesses in North Florida — and the region’s economy — a boost.

A former owner of Statement Analysis Corp and Trusteria Services Inc., Campbell is charged with, among other duties, developing the Small Business Executive Program, which will be the centerpiece of The Jim Moran Institute’s future outreach efforts.

The program will help existing small businesses prosper; draw on experts in areas such as business plan development, accounting, marketing and human resources; and include an online resource component. Expected to launch in summer 2013, the program’s sessions each will last several months. The program is free and will accept 15 to 25 participants for its first session. A similar program will be unveiled in South Florida in February under the direction of Jennifer Kovach, director of the organization’s South Florida Outreach Initiative.

Randy Blass, director of The Jim Moran Institute, said graduates of the program will share best practices and their own experiences with other entrepreneurs in the area, including teaching program classes, leading themed round-table discussions and providing one-on-one consultation and mentorship to growing businesses in the region.

“Once you graduate from the program, you become an asset to us and are an important part of our family of experts, whose mission will be to help individual business owners succeed and, in turn, grow our regional economy,” Blass said. “With Mike Campbell’s knowledge of the area and his experience as an entrepreneur, I’m confident about the success of our expanded outreach efforts.”

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