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Small Business Roundtable Event Set for August 6 at USM’s Scianna Hall

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The College of Business has joined with the Small Business Administration and the Area Development Partnership to host a Small Business Roundtable from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. on Monday, August 6 at Scianna Hall on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus.

The roundtable is designed to help the Small Business Administration in identifying challenges that small businesses face with federal regulations and statutes. Attendees will have an opportunity to provide feedback that will assist the SBA’s Office of Advocacy in voicing the region’s small business concerns to the White House, federal agencies, and congress.

"We enjoy the opportunities to partner with the ADP and the SBA to provide a place for business leaders to discuss key issues," said Dr. Faye Gilbert, dean of the USM College of Business. "The roundtable, with its focus on regulations and small business, should be an interesting discussion."

The guest speaker will be Bruce Levell, SBA Regional IV Advocate. Levell, who was appointed to his position by President Donald Trump, brings more than 25 years of experience as a successful small business founder to his job as regional advocate. He has operated and developed a retail and real estate company, both of which have received SBA loans.

For seven years, he has served as the Chairman of Operations at the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), the regional mass transit system that moves approximately 450,000 passengers daily.

USM provides comprehensive assistance to small businesses through its Small Business Development Center. The center was developed through a partnership with the Small Business Administration, the Mississippi Small Business Development Center Network, the University of Mississippi, the Trent Lott National Center, and the College of Business at USM. The MSBDC includes nine basic service centers throughout the state.

The USM Small Business Development Center offers, at no cost to clients, the following services:

  • In-depth counseling assistance to ensure more successful startups of new enterprises and to strengthen existing firms.
  • Business plans and loan packaging assistance.
  • Small business workshops/seminars.
  • Assistance to minorities, women, veterans, the handicapped, exporters, inventors, research and innovation and international trade.
  • Referral system linking other small business assistance organizations in the SBDC regional locations.
  • Interaction program between Mississippi educational institutions, businesses, and government.