Start Smart Entrepreneurship Boot Camp

  • When: 8:30 AM–12:30 PM // July 17–18, 2014
  • Where: Innovative Technologies Enterprises at UMSL // 4633 World Parkway Circle // Berkeley, MO 63134
  • Registration Fee: $70; light refreshment provided. Click here to register now.

The UMSL Center for Entrepreneurship & Economic Education is offering the Start Smart Entrepreneurship Boot Camp July 17–18. The workshop, spanning two half-days, is a comprehensive crash course to help budding entrepreneurs and small business owners understand:

  • What to think about before taking the leap to create a startup,
  • How to start a business, and
  • How to develop strategies for success.

The first day focuses on key principles of successful entrepreneurship. The second day explores disruptive thinking – how to think creatively to produce innovative ideas that can transform any business with breakthrough solutions.

Speaker: Susan Fiorito, PhD

Susan Fiorito, PhD, is chair of the newly-created Department of Entrepreneurship, Strategy & Information Systems at Florida State University. She came to the College of Business in August 2012 as a professor in Entrepreneurship. Prior to that, Fiorito was working in the Department of Retail Merchandising & Product Development in the College of Human Sciences. While there, she became one of the first Research Fellows of The Jim Moran Institute.

In 1976, Fiorito was part owner and involved with opening the first of four small family-owned boutiques in and around Atlanta. At this same time, she also was part owner of a leather goods manufacturing company. The business grew and became quite successful, but she left them to pursue her PhD at Oklahoma State University, where she assisted in the development and delivery of workshops, manuals, and consulting sessions for small and family-owned business owners at the Dallas Merchandise Mart.

Fiorito has been teaching at the university level since 1981 and received grants for her research from numerous organizations and foundations. She has research published in leading academic journals and has also written a text “Retail Buying Practices and Policies in a Global Economy,” which was published by Prentice Hall and in print as of February 2011. She has taught summer study abroad courses in Milan, Paris and London for five years and has spent one year on sabbatical at the University of Stirling in Scotland where she taught at the graduate level. Fiorito was the first woman president and is the current treasurer of the American Collegiate Retailing Association (ACRA) and is only one of two professors in Florida to be on the Board for the Florida Retail Federation.

To register, CLICK HERE, or call (314) 516-6590.

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Noncredit Cancellation Policy: The University reserves the right to cancel any program. In the event of cancellation, you will be notified immediately, and all program fees will be refunded. If you must cancel a registration, you are entitled to a full refund only if you cancel prior to the first class meeting.

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