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March 16, 2015
Southern Miss Team Places Second in Shark Tank Competition
Article by Van Arnold, University Communications 

Entrepreneurship students from the College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi took second-place honors during the Alley Scholars Leadership Summit and Shark Tank competition held Feb. 28 at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

The Alley Scholars Shark Tank Challenge is designed to provide collegiate entrepreneurs a real-world experience to develop their business plan and network with successful entrepreneurs and business professionals. The event recognizes aspiring students who demonstrate an understanding and mastery of the process required in developing and implementing a new business venture. The competition is open to undergraduate students currently enrolled in college.

The business plan presented by the Southern Miss team was Koshi Footwear, which specializes in footwear for young girls with larger shoe sizes or wide or narrow widths. Dr. SherRhonda R. Gibbs, associate professor of management at Southern Miss and the group's advisor, noted that the students plan to divide the prize money and perhaps pursue the venture further.

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Alumni Spotlight with Clarence Hulse
A former graduate of the Masters of Science in Economic Development program at Southern Miss, Clarence L. Hulse is the Executive Director of the Economic Development Corporation of Michigan City, Indiana, which combines community and economic development functions with the intent of providing a holistic approach to economic investment.

A native of Belize, Clarence earned his BS in Public Administration, magna cum laude, at Arkansas's Harding University, before entering the Economic Development program at Southern Miss. He is also a graduate of the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute. 

In the past, Clarence has worked as an economic developer in the City of New Bern North Carolina, the Director of Economic Development in Jeffersonville, Indiana, and an administrator of seven Community Redevelopment Districts (TIF), in Martin County, Florida, rebuilding and revitalizing impoverished neighborhoods. He also worked in the private sector for Intrawest Placemaking, a premier resort developer, where he managed $150 million real estate portfolio, master planning and development of condo/hotels, town centers and golf courses. 

In 1999, he was honored by his peers at the International Economic Development Council, winning the national award "Outstanding New Developer of the Year." In his spare time, Clarence enjoys keeping up with current events, global travel, art and music festivals, Roman and Greek history, biographies, golf, and fishing.

Register Now for MSED Summer Classes

For registration information contact Chad Miller at 601-266-6666 or chad.r.miller@usm.edu. You may also visit our website.



Time Offered

Course Offered

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May 25 to June 23

ED 731 Stages of Technology Development 

Dr. Sumesh Arora

This course provides the student with instruction in the various stages which are required for a scientific principle to be converted into a usable technology and ultimately be adopted by the end user.  This course looks at not only the process of technological advancement, but also considers the financial aspects and capital requirements to move ideas to marketable products.  This course will appeal to scientists, researchers, technologists or engineers who are working on developing new technologies on one hand and to economic development and business students on the other hand who are interested in learning about mechanisms for funding technology development and how that impacts a community. 

Smr   2015



May 25 to July 15

ED 665 Tourism and Service as Economic Development

Dr. Bill Smith

The purpose of this course is to provide students with an overview of the mechanisms used by ED professionals to create and sustain tourism and service-based economies. Amenity, heritage, and asset based development models will be discussed. Focuses on methods for attracting tourism, hospitality, and gaming businesses as target sectors for economic development. Includes a study of ecotourism and the gaming industry.

How to do Business with the American Red Cross 
Hurricane season is fast approaching, so make sure your business is ready. South Mississippi Contract Procurement Center, along with the American Red Cross and the city of Moss Point, Miss are hosting a one day workshop on "How to Do Business with the American Red Cross." The workshop is for business owners, business managers, business development professionals of any business but specifically for woman-owned and minority-owned businesses that are certified or working towards certification. 

Date: Thursday, April 30th 8:30 am - 4 pm.
Registration: Free to attend but pre-registration is required
Location: Pelican Landin, Moss Point, MS

More information can be found in this flyer or online at www.mscpc.com. 
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