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'All Things Money' Conference at EMCC to feature MEC head


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Entrepreneurs will hear from one of the top economic development officials in the state at the All Things Money Conference set for Wednesday, Jan. 30. The program will be held at East Mississippi Community College's Douglas Building Lyceum from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 


Blake Wilson, president and CEO of the Mississippi Economic Council, will be the keynote speaker, and he will address potential effects that recent decisions in Washington may have on Mississippi business. 


The purpose of the conference is to build understanding and awareness among entrepreneurs as to funding programs, grants, tax obligations, credit resources and wealth management. Information will be geared toward a better understanding of how to finance small businesses, meeting financial obligations and funding nonprofits. 




Schedule of events 


  • Vendor registration--7 to 7:45 a.m. 


  • Attendee registration--7:45 to 8:30 a.m. 


  • Kick Off--Teresa Cheeks, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, 8:30 a.m. 


  • Welcome--Martha Perine Beard, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, 8:45 a.m. 


  • How Does Credit Impact My Business--Mary Lindy Moore, Mississippi State University Extension Department, 8:45 a.m. 


  • Fiscal Cliff & Outlook for Mississippi Entrepreneurs--Blake Wilson, 9:15 a.m. 


  • Lender Expectations for Loans Funding Resources--Paul McCreary of Cadence Bank, Stephanie Butler of Mississippi Development Authority and Rhonda Fisher of Small Business Development Association, 10:15 a.m. 


  • Vital Tax Information for Business Owners--Julie Melvin of T.E. Lott & Company, 10:45 a.m. 


  • SMARTbiz: Why Entrepreneurs Need It--Matt Rose of Tech Guyz and Neil Cole SMARTbiz coach, 11 a.m. 


  • The Myth About Grants for Small Business--Tina Sweeten of the Columbus Arts Council, Kate Brown of Mississippi University for Women's Center for Creative Learning, Deborah Scott of MSU's Small Business Development Center and Lucy Betcher, of MUW's Center for Creative Entrepreneurship, 11:30 a.m. 


  • What Your Business Should do for You Financially--Wayne Averett of Modern Woodmen, noon 


    Lunch/Networking--12:30 p.m. 




    Free to community 


    Vendor booths are available to bankers, loan officers, credit consultants, accountants, grant writers or any organization that assists small business. 


    The event is free and open to the community. Proof of registration is required. The deadline to register is Wednesday, Jan. 23. Lunch will be provided. 


    Sponsors of the event include the Center for Creative Entrepreneurship at MUW, East Mississippi Community College, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Golden Triangle Development LINK and Modern Woodmen. 


    For more information, call Mississippi University for Women's Center for Creative Entrepreneurship at 662-241-6277 or



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